Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Morning at the Oasis


Looking down the Wishing Well, we did indeed find water (!!)...


...which was funneled to the gardens in the oasis...

...


... a forest of palms and plots, with broccoli, potatoes, fennel, and all kinds of things growing.



The oasis also had outstanding views.


And as we headed back along the desert sands, we came across a tiny oasis. Easy to imagine that after hours (days, weeks) of crossing parts of the desert how small groupings of these palm trees could bring such hope in terms of shelter and possibly nourishment for a traveller.


Our Kasbah awaited in the noon-day sun.


After a lovely lunch, we headed across to the other side, to try to find a few flamingos in the nearby lake (!!)



After wandering for hours of not-finding-pink-long-necked-birds, we did find a camel driver...


...


... on his bicycle.


And fossils. Every black stone we picked up or turned around or trod on was fossilised. 
Amazing!


And beauty in the form of crocuses. 


Monday, 30 March 2015

First Saharan Morning





A morning tea spot on the dunes.


Mouse tracks.


Grass tracks.


The colours of my djhellapa and my head scarf.



Tina, going to the Euro Market.



She's got a bit of trek in front of her, the E Market isn't in town.




And the Berber joins the Euro Girl for a chat.





And of course we jump the line...






Sand fence.


Wishing well... en route to the OASIS.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

8 Hours Until Daylight


The fantasy of a KASBAH in the Sahara desert was a reality. I don't think I ever really imagined that I would be in such a place, even though in the back of my mind, I knew this existed.


Complete with gorgeous lanterns, lit and welcoming...



... a fire in the dining room-- necessary! It really does cool down a LOT at night in the desert. The sections in research books read when I was young about the adaptations needed for survival by the desert creatures became a lot more realistic and understandable in a 'real' sense rather than just in logic once we arrived.


And of course the rooms were grand...


...every hallway was exotic and inviting...


... and beautiful details everywhere!





Steps leading to the roof-top terrace from the gorgeous courtyard...



... allowed for the first glimpse in daylight of what we would see.


Camels waiting for the trek.




So many details; these fossils were everywhere in parts of this area-- one couldn't pick up a stone without finding one. I love how they were incorporated into counter tops, sinks, basins, and decor in this kasbah.



And there it was, the beckoning Sahara, sea of sands. 
I still can't believe I was there.