Amtoudi, Morocco (day two) Week 89 29th December 2012
Tajine for tea.

We ordered it a couple of hours before we ate. Salad for starter, an orange for pud.

There's a heap of beef under the veggies. A little bland, for us we think the recipe may have been europeanised and a bottle of chilli sauce provided "to taste".

These haven't been used for a while but we could imagine our tajine cooking. Hopefully this isn't just for the tourists!

It was sizzling when served.

We spent the morning watching the world go by.

This young lady was collecting firewood.

Just as in other "developing"  countries we've visited only the dead wood was removed.

There was also some harvesting of herbs from very sparse vegetation.

We set off up the gorge, past the mosque.

The architecture is rectangular. The minarets are square.

Its also the only country in which we've found square water tanks on legs.

Towards the second agadir.
Not quite sure of the name - we think Agadir Aguelly.

This is the front door. With room for the guardian's dogs.

The guardian had been summoned as we walked through the village and walked up the track with us.

Just in case the phone number was over the door this time.

Some more obvious curves. 

Interesting given the rectangular architecture elsewhere.

Less space to build. At least three stories.

The cistern here has water in it.

The same seamless transition from cliff to stone walls.

These agadirs must have been a huge investment.

Perhaps an indication of the importance of food storage, the extent of the threat, and perhaps agriculture was more extensive in damper times.

For grinding.

We think argane but possibly also grain - maize and corn?

We'd passed flat, stone paved, areas on the outskirts of the village which or guide suggested was where the donkeys were used to thresh the wheat - or at least that's what we thought the translation from French was!

A lot of low roofed passages and a maize of steps.

A bit of a labyrinth.

Some granaries apparently have a mill, a smithie, and a few other useful things.

The wood in the roofs looked a bit irregular. Dry, but sound.

And a bit bouncy when we were on top of the roofs.

Time to decorate the doors.
Intriguing wooden lock.

About 12 pins that located in the slide, lifted by a key to unlock.

A precursor of yale locks?

So we headed down the path on the far side leaving the guardian to return to the village.
The gorge became narrower.
and narrower.

This is about where an aquaduct starts that is used to direct water into villages and fields downstream.

and narrower.
With a bit of clambering over rocks.

At some time this part has been filled with mud and stones, which went hard. Then the river cut a narrow way through.

Stalactites of mud.
The last time we saw this sort of formation it was of ice.

A little different though. Here the particles aren't dissolved  (like limestone caves) and there's no freezing involved like the ice.

A hundred meters or so above us we could see this wall.

It seemed to be in the wrong place for a track. Could also have been cultivated.

We wuz here.

The boys in the village seem to want "bon bon" and occasionally "cadeaux".

On the way back we were accompanied by a couple of girls. When we got to their village they simply waved goodbye.

Just interested, as we were in them. 12 years old, full of energy, unmarried (giggled at that one), finished school, collecting fallen leaves to feed the goats.

Then the couple of hours walk back to camp. 

Walking through our village as the sun went down the shops (we didn't know they were there yesterday) were open and groups of people gossiping. Lots of "bonsoir" and "ca va".

Six hours in all, the plateau will have to wait for another day.

Amtoudi, Morocco (day three) Week 89 30th December 2012

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