Thursday, February 23, 2012

More mountains & a lake

Today Idriss's parents took us on an incredible drive through the mid and high Atlas mountains.  Screen Shot 2012-02-23 at 12.53.00 PM

We stopped by a lake - Bin al Ouidane - and it was stunning. Screen Shot 2012-02-23 at 12.53.38 PM Screen Shot 2012-02-23 at 12.54.03 PM

My pictures just don't seem to get the grandeur of the mountains...or the right scale. The water in the lake was turquoise, and we took a short walk by it as we were heading on to Ouzoud (next post!) which was another hour in the car. As far as the eye could see, there were only mountains. Red clay, almond trees blooming and more olive trees. And mountains. Screen Shot 2012-02-23 at 12.53.17 PM

We stopped to buy almonds and "organic" wild honey from this man. We also stopped to give water and oranges to a little Berber girl selling thyme by the side of the road.

At the end of our day, we stopped in a small village called Ouaouizaght (wah-we-zatt) next to the lake.  Screen Shot 2012-02-23 at 12.54.54 PM

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We had homemade raib (yogurt) from a cremerie. It was delicious and only about a quarter. We also had these mini napoleons - which were light and fresh, not heavy and buttery like so many pastries. Perfect treat for a perfect day.   Screen Shot 2012-02-23 at 12.54.20 PM

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