leaving the cherry orchard
18.02.2013 - 20.02.2013
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monday: woke up early as lots of barking dogs around the place! probably all those ones we’d seen
by the side of the road yesterday!! ha ha.
very cold too, so had the trusty heater on for a bit, to warm the place up….
the cherry orchard looked much prettier today as the sun was trying v. hard to come out, everyone
seemed to be on the move, and by the time we’d used the services etc. there were only a couple of
small german vans left.
we spotted lots of nesting storks on the roof too, and there were friendly little cats milling around….
it was a nice place : )
onto the road a bit late, about 10.10am (MT), but didn’t matter too much – only a short journey today,
about 2 hours, to moulay idriss.
passed through some more gorgeous, and very green, countryside before arriving in one of the smartest
moroccan towns we’ve seen for ages (el hajeb)!, after driving through there we then took a right turn – as
directly by the sat nav – and found ourselves on the very very bumpy (we are guessing, old)road to meknes!
we made it pretty fast, which was amazing, considering the size of the potholes!, and passed lots of
moroccan vineyards and some very posh domaine’s and chateaux, before a massive slum, right next door,
pretty much, to the affluent vinery’s.
anyway, pressed on and arrived at a lovely small site, camping bellevue, at moulay idriss, the holy city of
drove in to find a spot and then the guardian said there was a power cut so no electric, which
was a pity. he said that it would be sorted later, inshallah, so we decided to wait and see…had arranged
to meet tim and pen here, so wanted to stay really!
then – as not raining – after quick lunch scootered off to see the roman ruins at volubilis and if time
allowed the mausoleum at moulay idriss.
roman ruins were astounding, best roman town we’ve ever seen, imagination not really required as so
much remained it was easy to get a really good idea of what it must have been like. there were also
gorgeous mosaics, in quite good condition, so we thoroughly enjoyed our hour’s tour. then scooted back
towards the van, via moulay idriss.
got all our shopping done in their lovely little souk, and then walked to the mausoleum (only muslims allowed
to enter) for a quick peek from behind the barrier….
bracing scoot home to find tim and pen parked up behind us : )
even better they are making us all some dinner, and are bringing it round later on, so no cooking!
tuesday: just as the guardian said, the elec. did come back on : ) – great news as we would have had to move
to another site today if it hadn’t....
another delicious dinner courtesy of tim and pen, and a nice eve too.
didn’t sleep too well as it was raining (!) and the sound on the roof always keeps us awake! : ( disconcerting to
have rain again, we’re hoping it won’t be like this until we leave on sat…..
p working this am, can’t do much else ‘cos of the weather, and then we plan to, fingers crossed, scoot into
meknes later on, have a look around the old medina and the imperial city.
its quite busy at the site, but nice and quiet too, a man just came round to each van offering tea! (nice).