We did the three valleys four day hike, in early April. it was magnificent. cherry blossoms and running streams, clear mountain air, the sounds of birds, goats and sheep. the guide, Hassan, was terrific- always aware when one of us (me) had fallen behind, or zoomed ahead and needed rerouting, answering questions,drawing our attention to puzzles we'd missed (upright poles signifying threshing floors, burned bushes near a stream where women had boiled water for laundry), accurately describing hiking times and accommodation standards. he's a treasure.
so why the 'but'? It's worth negotiating in advance with the very busy Jamal. we'd said we were vegetErianת, should have negotiated the whole menu, to exclude sugary commercial jams and processed cheeses. (Laughing cow cheese!), pushed for fresh fruit instead of canned (!), plain yoghurt. I brought my own maccinetta, to make morning espresso, a brilliant move,though somewhat to the distress of the donkey driver/ rather surly 'chef'. spaghetti and Frenchfries for dinner? it's odd having NO control over what and when one eats, and with only two of us in the group, it shouldn't have vee so difficult to make djustments. I wish I had insisted on going with them to the shops in Imlil to purchase the food, supplementing the costs as necessary.
Some of the gites had great terraces with magnificent views, and one even had beds and toilet seats - others, just so you know, were mattresses and middle eastern style toilets.
But overall - magnifique!
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