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Moulay - Idriss

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Atlas Mountains
Berber Culture
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Kasbahs and Deserts
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Blue Men of Morocco
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Reader's comments
Dear Muguette: Since I read your article about Morocco, we took a group of African American Female educators there last year and had a wonderful time. Hope to take a group again next year. Briefly, the experience was wonderful. We spent most of our time in Agadir with a one night excursion to Marrakech. (continued on next page)) We stayed at Club Valtur and the resort was great, albeit very Italian. I didn't learn much about the people or culture of Morocco, hence the need for a second trip. However, I did make a few friends (smile). Morocco is a fascinating if you love sensory experiences or sensory overload.
The experience started as soon as we boarded the Royal Air Maroc flight, and continued for the entire trip. I'll never forget the sights, smells and sounds of the souk at Marrakech!!! Shopping was great as well. As I said, I prefer to get a little more into the country itself, but it was a great 'spa experience'. The trip was billed as "Sister Scholars at the Spa"!!! Actually, Morocco was a great value I would go again for that reason alone. I started writing an article several months ago and would be happy to share my thoughts with you further. Pamela

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Majestic Mountains, Romantic Kasbahs
and Deserts
by Habeeb Salloum

For two days we had explored Fez, Morocco's historic city, glorifying in its ancient section which remains enclosed within its ancient ramparts. Inside no auto is allowed. Only donkeys contest with humans the few feet wide medieval streets. Seemingly, we had traveled back a thousand years in time. It was a fabulous beginning for the trip we intended to take across the Atlas Mountains to the land of kasbahs (mud castles) and deserts. Continued

Wedding Fair in Imilchil - by Muguette Goufrani
My father, who has operated a tour company in Morocco and France for many years, took me along with a German tour group to visit a traditional "Wedding Fair" at Hadiddou Imilchil, a Berber village in southern Morocco. While I knew that many Berber Fairs combine a local Saint's Day with a regional market event, only at September's 'moussem' (pilgrimage) of Imilchil, have I seen such a colorful pageant, with instant engagement and a mass exchange of marriage vows.

Morocco: Tourism Attractions in Abundance
by Helen C. Broadus

Morocco, North Africa is home of the continent's oldest monarchy and is one of Africa's main tourist destinations, bringing in more than 3.3 million tourist representing an estimated 1.8 billion in foreign currency in the year 2000. In 1996, I had the pleasure of visiting Marrakech, Morocco as a delegate to a travel and tourism conference. It was truly a fantastic experience Continued

Discovering Marrakech- by Jerry W. Bird
A destination where one may enjoy the customs, culture and pleasures of laid back tourism, Marrakech is loaded with outstanding attractions, events and accommodation . Its conference facilities are a magnet for international events, trade missions and summits. Continued

The Splendid Handicrafts of Morocco
by Habeeb Salloum

In this rushed 20th century there are not many of us who know that in Morocco there still exists a medieval world of craftsmen who are creating, with their hands, masterpieces of art. Incorporating a synthesis of the Libyco-Berber, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African and Andalusian artistic traditions, these artisans have a long and honoured history. (continued)

Morocco: Moroccan Culture
by Karen Hoffman

Our one-day adventure began in Marrakech; an enchanting walled city at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. We drove about 48 km into the mountain foothills to Imlil, a charming hamlet which was the starting point of our trek. We were welcomed by the villagers with mint tea and a delicious array of Moroccan pastries. The mountain guides gave a briefing on the area, and on the culture and tradition of its inhabitants, the Berbers ("Chleuhs").

Background on Morocco
The Kingdom of Morocco is located in Northern Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Slightly larger than California, with a similar lengthy coastline (3,500 km) and separated from Europe by the strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is one of Africa's top five travel destinations. The country has a population of over 30,600,000, and while Arabic is the official language, French is often the language of business, government and diplomacy. (continued)

About Royal Air Maroc
by Muguette Goufrani

Early in my career as a Travel industry professional and travel agent, I had the pleasure of working for Royal Air Maroc and flew on many of their routes. that's why it was great news for me that ATA is holding its next big event in Morocco and that Royal air Marco is the official airline. Here is some information about this quality air carrier. For more than 40 years, the airline has built an international network covering 37 countries and 58 destinations, to make the world increasingly accessible to you. (continued)

Muguette Goufrani covers the Moroccan Scene
Africa Travel Magazine's Associate Editor (French) Muguette Goufrani covers destinations and events in Morocco and all of Francophone Africa. She graduated from college in Casablanca, and has lived in five West African countries, working for Air Afrique, Royal Air Maroc and Citroen. As a Travel Agent, she worked in North Africa, where her family operates an inbound tour company, and later in Tahiti and Cambodia. (continued)

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