Day 48: Dogon country

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Truth is that heading to Dogon country, I believed I would find a civilization transformed by tourism. Locals at Bamako warned us that Dogon people care just for money, so I didn’t have the best mood going there. After two and a half days at Dogon country I’m so happy things are not exactly like this, at least during this low season, we visited the place. What can I can say is that Dogon deserves a visit at 100%. And […]

Day 43: off-road to Bamako

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Off-road you say? 187 km. in 8 hours we reply! Entering Mali, I was thinking about staying for 2 days in Kayes and after proceeding to Bamako. Akis had his own plan so we combined them today and so we started from Kayes but from the old road to Bamako, via the Senegal river. I don’t know if this was the right decision but truth is that we did just 187 km. in hours driving through huge mud holes. Poor Discovery, […]

Day 38: acclimatised in Dakar

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Today we did all our work in the capital and we just start to enjoy it. I was not in a good mood since yesterday, coming to Dakar. Big cities like this are difficult and pretty expensive, you Know… Today we had to do a lot – issue visas for Burkina Faso (and Guinea?) and service the Discovery. My mood got a lot better when we met Diop – my little friend in Dakar. We drove downtown to the Sofitel Terranga […]

Day 32: forgotten in Chinguetti

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Forgive us for not moving today but here it’s like the end of the world. A wonderful end. Except the two radio connection with Best Radio and Radio Thessaloniki today, we did almost nothing here in Chinguetti. But what do I say? We visited the library with the Islamic manuscripts of the 11th-13th century A.D. and listened Ahmed, our guide, talking about the history of his village that was once a glorious crossroad for camel caravans, carrying salt from thousands kilometres […]

Day 25: the Riad experience

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Just as we got used to live in our Maggiolina, we are back in the luxury of a Marrakesh traditional Riad. Yesterday we arrived to Marrakesh and drove directly towards the Medina to find the Maison Bel Baraka, a traditional Riad – an old rich Morocco villa – transformed to a 5 room hotel. What a wonderful place! Hidden in the alleys of the Medina, next to the Riad Larousse behind a heavy wooden door, you find here the ultimate Moroccan […]

Day 24: bye bye Sahara!

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It was a long day yesterday. From the 240 km. off-road route we got out in the afternoon, as we arrived to Tagounite. From there we drove 25 km. south towards M’ Hamid where the tarmac ends and the dunes start. It is a Merzuga style resort but more quiet and alternative. There, we met Ali Laghfiri and that was the reason to postpone our departure for Ouarzazate for today. Ali took us at Erg Lehoudi, guided us to the […]