Lifestyle | A roadtrip in Morocco, one day in Fez

This is the first report of my roadtrip in Morocco with the Road Trip Factory team and Harley Davidson.

The photos below are from my first day in Fez where i meet the whole team (40 people approx.). It was my first time in this part of the world, north Africa and my first time on a Harley-Davidson (as a passenger).

My roadtrip was a 1800 km journey through desert landscapes, little villages, oasis and beautiful palaces called kasbah (the complete tour is approximatively 4500 km). Meeting the natives, seeing beautiful landscapes, feeling the Harley experience, talking with people from different places was great.

As the days goes by it was more about living an experience, where friendship meets respect, mutual aid and pleasure, than just an « other roadtrip ».

More posts will follow showing you my complete tour.

Arrival in Fez

We spend « my » first day visiting the main part of the city, the Medina quarter, a manufacture of ceramics and various places (a traditional dyeing factory, a carpet maker, etc.)
« Trucks are the first photos people are taking when the arrive. »

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A hairy potter working with clay

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This young guy is making a table plate, he is working by putting the little ceramics upside down.

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Matthieu JDF, my first pilot, Harley-Davidson Road King owner, young entrepreneur, living between Paris and Barcelona.

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Going inside La Medina

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This boy is doing indigo dying in the streets of Fez

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A bit sorcerers those traditional musicians…

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Everything is done naturally till the XIIIe century in this dyeing factory, using pigeon droppings and lime… The smelling is awful. You can see people in this picture, they are working everyday only with their feet and hands.

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Shopping break for everyone, above Virginie and Rachel M.

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Traditional weaving loom, the man is working horizontaly with his hands and feet, the women works vertically with their fingers

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Hundreds of students came from all over Europe to study mathematics, astrology or astronomy in this Madrasa (school) El Attarine, built in 1325.

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End of the day…

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A view from my hotel room (Sofitel Palais Jamal)

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Debriefing with Marie and Gilles (from Roadtrip Factory) in the lounge

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The morning, the team is ready for the next step a 342 km trip from Fez to Errachidia

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Lifestyle | Road trip Maroc, jour 1

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Etape 1 – Fès – Errachidia (342 km)

Me voici à Fès depuis une journée, réveillé à l’aube par le muezzin, je prends quelques temps pour vous annoncer le programme qui m’attend dans les prochains jours.

J’accompagne l’équipe du Road Trip Factory, dont les dirigeants depuis vingt ans, sont passés maîtres dans l’art de l’organisation de road trips atypiques à travers le monde (Asie, Amérique du Sud, Europe centrale, Afrique). Sur 5 jours (le parcours complet fait 18 jours) je vais embarquer sur une des Harley-Davidson des participants et suivre la route à travers le désert marocain de Fès à Agadir.

Les femmes et les hommes de ce parcours sont tous des passionnés, la grande majorité d’entre eux n’en sont pas à leur premier road trip. Ils viennent tous, me disent-ils, retrouver cet état d’esprit singulier propre à Road Trip Factory: « un road trip en liberté ».

Notre première étape nous emmènera à Ifrane, station de sport d’hiver très prisée par les sportifs de haut niveau et la jet-set de Rabat. Nous passerons le Moyen-Atlas vers le col de Zad situé à 2178 m d’altitude, traverserons des vallées habitées par des cèdres séculaires avec vue sur les sommets du Haut Atlas et son mont Jbel Ayachi qui culmine à 3737m. Enfin ce sera le célèbre « tunnel du légionnaire » avec en son bout les gorges du Ziz sur plus de 40 km.