The biggest problem with foreigners is that many of them are so far away. Facebook has helped a little to shrink the distance problem. From people with similar interests in my own country to those living in the far away lands I dream of visiting, facebook has helped me reach out and make contact.
A while back I noticed some photos taken in Africa and really enjoyed them. Technology gave me the ability to reach out and say hi. Over time, I have exchanged messages with one friend in particular. He takes people on guided trips through cities and deserts. With no expectation of anything in return, my friend shared a bunch of his pictures and wrote some descriptions of the places in the photos at my request. I hope that other friends that share a love of travel and exotic locations get the same enjoyment out of these photos.
Growing up I was enthralled with issues of National Geographic, Indiana Jones movies, documentaries and any movie that had to do with travel and safaris. I get a little bit of that childhood feeling back when I see this stuff.
So what is the problem with foreigners? For the most part it is that I can not visit and spend as much time with them as I would like.
My friend’s name is Yunes Chaoui. He runs a company called Africa Aventuras. I have been following him on social media for a long time and love the photos. He has courteously answered every stupid question I have ever sent asking about locations, camels and vehicles.
If you enjoy this kind of stuff, add him to your friends list on facebook. Some of the neatest photos will start popping up on your timeline.
Recently I saw photos of ruins that Yunes posted and asked him if he would put together a bunch of pics and some info about the places he goes. Within a day or two I had loads of stuff in my message box. I hope you like looking through these images as much as I have. Below you will find the photographs and text just as he sent it to me. Hopefully I am not messing up the order.
All photos and text below provided by Yunes Chaoui
When I saw this photo I was blown away! That is when I asked Yunes
if he would take the time to send me all these photos!
HELLO FROM THE DESERT!
Marrakech, the red city, is one of the greatest cities of Morocco. Emplaced close to the High Atlas, it has a dry Mediterranean climate, with summer temperatures over 40ºC. Founded in 1062 A.D. by Youssef Ibn Tachnifn, first sovereign of Almoravid dynasty, it still preserves important remains of its history in monuments like the Ben Youssef Medrassa, the Saadian Tombs, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Badi and Bahia Palaces or the more modern El Ajdal and Marjorele gardens, among others. It’s essential to visit here the famous Djemaa el Fna Square, UNESCO´s World Heritage, a magical place that will bring us to a fantasy world where we can be captivated among storytellers, water-carriers, snake and other animals charmers, acrobats, dentists, musicians, dancers, fortune-tellers, henna tattoo makers, orange juice, herbal remedies and dried fruits and nuts sellers… this place is all luxury for the senses.
Archaeological remains of an ancient Roman city, situated 33 kilometres north from Meknes. This Carthaginian city fell in Roman hands when Caligula took the region that was called Mauretania Tingitana. This was a flourishing city, fortified by Marco Aurelio, with magnificent buildings raised along its history. Being one of the most southern cities of the province, Diocletian decided to abandon it when the influence of the Roman Empire decreased in 285 A.D. The city suffered a progressive abandonment along all the period of Arab-Berber occupation, suffering especially with the dismantling of its buildings by Moulay Ismael for the construction of the palaces of Meknes and with the earthquake of 1755.
The archaeological research of the city began in 1915 by the French, and half of the city is still to be uncovered nowadays. It has been discovered numerous residences, mosaics and many other diverse objects, where it’s especially remarkable the forum, a 2nd century basilica, the Temple of Jupiter and the Triumphal Arch of Caracalla. UNESCO´s World Heritage since 1997.
Merzouga is a small Berber town located in the southeast corner of the country, near the Algerian border. It has the greatest natural source of underground waters of all Morocco, but it has become famous for being close to the sand desert land of Erg Chebbi, home of the highest dunes of all the country.
Thank you to my Friend Yunes Chaoui for taking the time
to put all this together for me. I hope to visit someday and share
If you would like to add Yunes as a friend and see more awesome photos find him
on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/YunesAventuras
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