04/13/2014 - 04/13/2014 70 °F
Agadir is our final port city on the massive African continent. We are here on Palm/Passion Sunday – with a day to see a bit of Morocco before returning to the ship to lead the Protestant worship service. Beautiful bougainvillea lined the road as we drove out to see the walled city Taroudant.
Morocco is known for the oil made from the nut of the argon tree. Amazing as it seems, there are goats that CLIMB these thorny trees to eat the foliage and fruit.
Our drive through the countryside took about 75 minutes – with plenty to see on the way, and an expert guide who spoke non-stop – informing us of the complicated and compelling history of his country. (And of all the marvelous things that can be done with argon oil!)
Taroudant is a well-preserved Berber market town. The 16th century walls are the best preserved in Morocco. The village is located in the fertile Souss Valley with the high Atlas Mountains in the distance.
We stopped at a beautiful hotel where we were invited to use the facilities and to taste the national drink, sweetened green tea.
Back on the bus for a brief time and an excellent view of passing vendors and shoppers
Our bus was stuck in this traffic jam, so our guide led us from the bus on foot to the Souk (the market).
But, first! A stop at his brother’s shop (I’m kidding I think) to hear a pitch for argon oil products!
I “joined” a local musician as he pocketed my dollar tip. Everything is for sale!
The vendors take pride in their artful arrangements of spices and fruits and vegetables.
Our guide said the best profession to have in Morocco is dentistry because of the amount of sugar each Moroccan consumes. Nice cookies, yes?