255 Photos - Oct 25, 2011
Photo: Overlaiden cars returning to Tunis with everything including the kitchen sink!!Photo: Preparing to board our boat, the Sorrento to Tunis and North Africa.Photo: Leaving Europe and heading for north Africa.Photo: Martin and Pepi two German motorcyclists we crossed on our arrival at the port of La Goulette in Tunisia just before passing customs.Photo: 'Le Brique' is a tasty deepfried treat usually filled with parsely and mince-meat and a runny egg, this one is with Tuna. Delicious!Photo: Read from right to left, Coca-Cola in Arabic, pronounced exactly the same, well almost.Photo: Vegetarian Couscous, just what Arja desired.Photo: Francois, the centre of attention in Tunis, and loving the limelight.Photo: Photo: Gisèle and PascalPhoto: Gisèle taking charge, in the rider's seat.Photo: Gisèle, Eva and PascalPhoto: Photo: Family friend Karim and his daughter on FrancoisPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Just voted, Karim shows his index finger dipped in ink.Photo: These girls certainly have taken a liking to Francois.Photo: Francois even had the honour of having his portait drawn, complete with details of his pannier flags!Photo: Photo: Photo: The Souq in the Medina of TunisPhoto: Photo: Tunis in the throes of voting in what is a historic democratic electionPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Prickly pear, it grows on a cactus and is full of seeds, typical of north Africa and the MediterraneanPhoto: Sidi bou Said, beautiful in the evening light.Photo: Bombalouni, pronounced Bambaloni, a deepfried sugar treat typical of Sidi Bou Said.Photo: White-washed walls, blue doors an windows, the sea in the background palm trees, and mint tea. Does it get any better?Photo: Arja about to try her first very sweet mint tea with pinenuts.Photo: Evening sky looking towards Tunis from Sidi Bou Said. Très romantic.Photo: Two Bombalounis ?!! Pascal gets lucky Sidi Bou style.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Kairouan Great MosquePhoto: Photo: Photo: The flavian ampitheatre (or Colosseum) of El-Jem is in remarkable condition and probably the biggest of the Roman empire.Photo: Ampitheatre in El JemPhoto: Photo: Photo: Sunset from our room in MatmatahPhoto: Photo: Photo: Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata, where Star Wars was filmedPhoto: Keep a lookout for camelsPhoto: Our first sighting of camels in the wildPhoto: Photo: Achtung, Camel CrossingPhoto: Recovering in the hamock from a stroke of food poisoningPhoto: Fresh and hot bread for breakfastPhoto: In amongst the date palms in Southern TunisiaPhoto: Through the sandstorm, the wind really picked up and was very difficult to drive.Photo: In the middle of the passage through the Chott El JeridPhoto: Photo: Photo: Chott El Jerid from Douz to TozeurPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Two-up on our own dromaderyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Before Francois' broken windscreen, in TunisiaPhoto: The oasis of Mides on the border with AlgeriaPhoto: Photo: That way to ALGERIA!!!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: On the way out of Matmatah towards Douz through the mountainous south of TunisiaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Welcome to AlgeriaPhoto: Seriously, who put the camels there, it's uncanny.Photo: Photo: Photo: Pascal returning from an Algerian shop with our guidePhoto: Big bike on sand? Inevitable offs... luckily its a soft landingPhoto: On the road, early evening following our guide in his 4x4Photo: This one really hurt, I smashed through the windshield and knocked off the air intake and bent the front a bit; Francois not happy!Photo: Sore and broken but not beaten. The desert adventure continuesPhoto: Photo: Sore and bruised but not beaten, enjoying mint tea as we prepare to camp in the dunesPhoto: Preparation of goats head stewPhoto: Burning off the hair from the goats headsPhoto: Photo: Above the oasis town of El Meneea (El Golea)Photo: Photo: Sunset over the dunesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Covered in the fine Saharan sand, Francois loves the dunes.Photo: Photo: Photo: On top of the sand dune!Photo: Photo: Photo: The making of the traditional sand bread.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Algerian desert lunch stopPhoto: Under an arcacia tree and out of the heatPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: local women at the markets in Ain SalahPhoto: Ain Salah the day before Eid, extremely busy with last minute shoppingPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Pascal and MohamedPhoto: Offered to us the freshest chicken possiblePhoto: Our lunch, well soon to be lunchPhoto: Photo: Crouching lion, the famous mountian of Ain SalahPhoto: Photo: Caul fat, the fat surrounding the organs in the abdominal cavityPhoto: Preparation of the Boulfaf, liver wrapped in caul fat ready to be grilledPhoto: Boulfaf ready to be grilledPhoto: Goat ribs and Boulfaf, delicacies of EidPhoto: On the road heading north towards TlemcenPhoto: South to Ain Salah and deep into the SaharaPhoto: Saying farewell to our guides Ali and Mohamed at the port of GhazaouetPhoto: At the port of Ghazaouet preparing to leave AlgeriaPhoto: Photo: Sunset over the Mediterranean from the Algerian - Spain ferryPhoto: Photo: On the boat for Morocco and the port of NadorPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Prickly Pear; and loads of it everywhere along the MediterraneanPhoto: Typical sight all across Morocco, hay stacks weighed down with stonesPhoto: Local kids selling tubs of wild berries something between a lychee and a fig.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The local kids really took to FrancoisPhoto: Photo: Photo: Our hosts enjoying the new village attraction, Francois.Photo: The Chankar Family who hosted us for an eveningPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Atlas markets; rural market place in the open airPhoto: Photo: Photo: Where to now? The pass over the Atlas mountains was already closedPhoto: Photo: Entry gate to Sefou medinaPhoto: The oued, or stream running through the middle of Sefrou town choked with rubbishPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Preparing a fire from drift wood and dry acacia branchesPhoto: Wild camping on stones in MoroccoPhoto: Simply breath-taking morning vistas over our wild campsitePhoto: Shoeshine, now that's what I'm talking aboutPhoto: Photo: Photo: Heading towards Erg Chebi (sand dunes) and Merzouga near the Algerian BorderPhoto: The Erg Chebi sand dunesPhoto: Sunset camel safariPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Erg Chebbi DunesPhoto: Bordering on the Erg Chebbi, the frontier town of Merzouga exits only for touristsPhoto: Arja dressed as a Berber PrincessPhoto: Photo: Photo: Moroccan highwayPhoto: The gorge of TinerhirPhoto: The oasis town of Boumaine Dades heading north towards the Gorges of DadesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Woa-hoo!! 80,000kms around the world.Photo: 80,000kms and still going strong! Pascal, Francois and Arja celebrate.Photo: Photo: Tea timePhoto: Moroccan clothes drierPhoto: Photo: Plenty of landslides all along the road to Demnate through the High Atlas mountainsPhoto: Stunning mountain vistas throughout the High Atlas.Photo: We came across an accidented car that was being turned back over by the crane.Photo: Translation please...Photo: UnstoppablePhoto: Photo: Photo: Delicious tagines prepared freshly made this lunch stop something to remember.Photo: Choose your cutPhoto: Roadside lunch stop. Fresh meat from the butcher, a tagine and mint tea, does it get any better?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Tanneries of FesPhoto: Handmade shoes stacked from floor to ceilingPhoto: Photo: Dried fruits. Figs, dates, apricots, almonds. All delicious.Photo: Photo: The courtyard of the intercultural house in FesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Moroccan crêpes, crumpets and semolina cakes.Photo: The blue gate, entry into the Fes medinaPhoto: Freezing cold and wet, we explore Chefchaouan by night.Photo: Whitewashed walls and blue doorways, it is probably the most beautiful medina in Morocco.Photo: Photo: Photo: Chefchaouan by nightPhoto: Photo: Photo: Minced meat tagine with an egg. Nothing like a hot meal when it's freezing cold and wet.Photo: The fishing port of TangerPhoto: Photo: Arja, Pascal & Francois as taken by Jim Decker, our Seattle based acquaintance on tour in Morocco.Photo: The renoun tanneries of Fes