Tuesday, November 18, 2008

If You're Feeling Sinister--Traveling Part II


We left London, but not before dancing on stage for the encore of my favorite band (Belle and Sebastian) singing my favorite album in it's entirety (If You're Feeling Sinister). The concert was covered in the London Times; my stage dancing captured eternal.

Finding cheap a fare to Paris and with a free place to crash, the City of Lights was magnificent. Whilst trekking the tourist circuit, we found a Moroccan travel agency specializing in charter flights. Our first destination, Essoueira, a Moroccan beach town made famous by Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand" (there is indeed an ancient castle on the beach, made of sand and completely crumbling) was a labyrinth of artisan stalls and fish markets. To Marrakesh and Fez we sojourned, riding buses and donkey cabs (click here to read diary entries and see pictures).

Renting a car for a week to tour the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert is not recommended; a guide or group is advised as our destination was just a few kilometers from the Algerian border. But we did not know that. Although there were close calls (it is considered a given to be lost as many Moroccans change the road signs in order to direct you to their towns), we spent an incredible night under the stars atop a dune in the middle of the Sahara (the sandstorm and the camel stench could not spoil it). Never have I seen so many stars.

We walked across the border to Spain ending up in Sevilla where we found a flight back to London and a plane ticket home.

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18 comments:

LeaKarts said...

Wow, that sounds absolutely amazing. I will have to check out the travel diary and photos!

Sara said...

What would life be without Belle & Sebastian? (Got the new BBC sessions album yet?)

Bonbon Oiseau said...

LOVE IT!!! you're a traveler after my own heart..we need to have lunch...did you see you won my giveaway my dear?
write to me with your address and i will ship t your way!

heidi said...

I LOVE traveling vicariously through you....

cindy : quaint said...

your trip is incredible from dancing on stage with your fav band to sleeping under the stars on the sahara. wonderful!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Oh, I want to go to Morocco....

Jenn said...

How insanely cool to just head out with no plan, no flight and end up having such an amazing time. Beautiful story!

Mrs.French said...

daydreaming all because of you...thank you very much...oh and thank you for the mac help, changed the way I blog forever...xo t

A World in a PAN said...

I have tarveled with your post - and ejoyed it!

espionage said...

Wow. Incredible. May God please send me someone whom I can share my life with like you do your husband.

CMZ Art/ Rustic Goth said...

Lucky you....:) I have to read more!

tangobaby said...

WOW. I am totally speechless. How can this blog get any better? You did all that?!

Wow.

Di Overton said...

I was in London then. I wish I had known you were there :(

please sir said...

Really? wow sounds amazing!!

Rosebud Collection said...

What a wonderful time you had..just beautiful..
Wanted to send you wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving..

Mary-Laure said...

Oh I so adore Essaouira! I was there once and it was bliss.

I gave you a shout-out on my blog today.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

hey hotpants--didja get your prize?

Justin said...

Belle and Sebastian Rocks!!