Azrou to Rich

The changes in scenery were quite spectacular as we drove south through the Atlas Mountains.  We were now 1500 miles south of the UK.  We left Azrou and drove through snowy landscapes before descending into the valley where the sun warmed the streets of Zeida to 15 degrees.  The main street of the town was lined with stalls, shops and cafes; we stopped for coffee and pancakes at one of them.  Each cafe had someone cooking on a barbecue; joints of meat were hanging up outside the cafes and also they were cooking individual tagines of meat and vegetables on the barbecue.  Whole sheep carcasses, including their heads, hung in butcher’s doorways.

Our drive then took us up to 2000 metres and then down again, passing through fertile valleys and then arid plains and finally through a gorge deeply carved in the red earth to our campsite.  We arrived soon after 3 pm but the sun disappeared almost immediately behind the mountains high above us.

We ate a delicious meal in the local restaurant, soup, chicken tagine, followed by fruit, yoghurts and dates at a cost of £10 a head.  We brought our own wine.  It turned out to be a good evening, after the meal the waiters arranged our chair around a wood fire and played their drums, cymbals and a type of castanet


  1. Hi mum and dad – really enjoying the read!!!! Sounds like you reached somewhere nice, better weather and better food. Thankyou so much for Archie’s card he was made up – gone to bed with it!!!! Archie and I are going to Casquettes this weekend as Neil is working (hope that’s OK). We have Archie’s pre assessment for his Op on tues – he’ll have to stay in overnight and be in confinement for 10days so he doesn’t pick up any infections ;-( Also if he has grommits he is not allowed underwater without ear plugs for up to a year!!!! No date for Neil’s back op as yet. Bump and I are doing well (must be dodgey Collinson genes that are causing all the problems). Keep the blogs coming – lots of love, Kate xxxx

    1. Hi Kate, thanks for your news update and glad the card was well received. Enjoy the house but check with Eve as the decorator Stuart Wilson has left it in a habitable state, if indeed he has yet begun.
      Bit of a drawn out process for Archie but will hopefully bring the right results, poor little bugger!
      As for the big bugger one can only hope you get some news soon, try chasing them up again.
      90 minute camel trek into the desert last night where we stayed in a Berber settlement, more of that in the blog as trying to calm sore bum!!!!!!!!!!!!! X Dad & Mum