Beautiful Sunrise Over Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate, Morroco.

Photos of the spectacular Berber mud Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate, Morroco. Known as the door to the desert Kasbah Taourirt is situated at the southern end of the Draa Valley an old camel train Atlas crossing routes from Marrakesh to Mali. The kasbah's was the home of T'hami El Glaoui who used a Krupps field gun to take control of the trading route and amass a fortune from tolls for using the Draa pass.
 

Photos of the Spectacular Kasbah Taourirt, Ouarzazate, Morocco


Exterior of the mud brick Kasbah of Taourirt, Ouarzazate, Morocco, built by Pasha Glaoui. A Unesco World Heritage Site (Paul Williams/Photographer Paul Williams) Exterior of the mud brick Kasbah of Taourirt, Ouarzazate, Morocco, built by Pasha Glaoui. A Unesco World Heritage Site (Paul Williams/Photographer Paul Williams) Exterior of the mud brick Kasbah of Taourirt, Ouarzazate, Morocco, built by Pasha Glaoui. A Unesco World Heritage Site (Paul Williams/Photographer Paul Williams)
 
 
If you are going to learn to drive in the sand then Erg Chebbi in southern Morocco is the place to do it. Erg Chebbi is a sand dune field of the northern Sahara and a tarmac road runs alongside it until it stops a few mile short of the Algerian border. Driving in sand really surprised me. I thought it would be like driving in snow, where high gear and low revs is the best policy. Driving in sand is the exact opposite and to keep to wheels turning you need to keep you foot hard down on the accelerator. Even the time it takes to change gear can stop the vehicle dead. Luckily our Landrover Defender loves the sand and made the experience of driving around Erg Chebbi amongst the 150 mt ( 450 ft) high dunes great fun.
 

Photos of Erg Chebbi Sahara Sand Dunes, Morocco

An erg is a broad, flat area of desert covered with wind-swept sand with little or no vegetation which contains more than 125 square km (48 sq. miles) of aeolian or wind-blown sand. Erg Chebbi is one of the two Saharan Ergs that can be found in Morocco. Located on the southern border with Algeria, Erg Chebbi has wind blown sand dunes that reach a heigh of 150m ( 450 ft) spreading across an area 22 km (18 miles) from north to south and 5-10 km (7 miles) wide. On its western edge of Erg Chebbi where its sand dunes start covering a large flat stony desert plain, the desert village of Merzouga with camp sites and hotels that allowing tourists to experience the magical landscape of the high Saharan sand dunes. Other villages are dotted along the edge of the shifting sands fed by water from under the sand dunes.

Ancient Berber and Arab underground tunnels tap the water that lies 4-5 meters (10 - 15ft) below the sand dunes and the water is piped to ancient Ksars, fortified villages, where Saharan camel trains would stop and rest during their journey north. It is hard to image that water can be found just below the sand dunes and even stranger to image that it is possible to die of thirst so close to underground water you that cannot be reached without great excavations. The sand dunes of Erg Chebbi are a magical place with the dunes being constantly remodeled by streams of sand that form high Crescent-shaped mounds that interlock to form a classic Saharan landscape. When the wind is high great plumes of sand spill off the sharp edges of the dunes summits in long plumes. Walking amongst the dunes or taking a camel ride through them is one of the many great experiences Morocco has to offer. Photos of Erg Chebbi can be downloaded on line and pictures and images of Erg Chebbi are available as photo art prints.

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Pictures & Photos of Fountains Abbey England

 
Fountains Abbey if one of the most romantic landscape gardens in England. Situated in North Yorkshire near Rippon this spectacular landscape water garden incorporates the ruins of Fountains Abbey. Long sweeping vistas along the flooded valley that leads to the Abbey provide ever changing views of the gardens trees and the ruins reflected in the water. This is truely one of the great English landscape gardens.

Pictures & Images of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Park Water Gardens. Founded in 1132, the abbey operated for over 400 years until it was closed by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The Abbey is part of It is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England and was the second Cistercian monastery to be built after Rievaulx Abbey just 20 (32km) or so miles away. After its closure like all monasteries in England it was abandoned and became a ruin. In 1718 John Aislabie the owner of the Studley Estate & Chancellor of the Exchequer decided to build a water Garden in his park. The style of the day was for picturesque landscaping and the ruins of Fountains Abbey were incorporated into the design at the end of a sweeping curved lake that follows a narrow wooded valley. This has created the famous vista of Fountains Abbey making Studley Royal one of the best surviving examples of a Georgian water garden in England. Studley Royal Park including the ruins of Fountains Abbey owes its originality and striking beauty to the fact that a humanised landscape was created around the largest medieval ruins in the United Kingdom. The use of these features, combined with the planning of the water garden itself, is a true masterpiece of human creative genius that influenced the rest of Europe. Studley Royal & Fountains Abbey are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Photos of the enigmatic Fountains Abbey, England

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal water gardens, founded in 1132, is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. The ruined monastery is a focal point of England's most important 18th century Water, the Studley Royal Water Garden which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England (Paul Randall Williams) Main Altar of Fountains Abbey , founded in 1132, is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. The ruined monastery is a focal point of England's most important 18th century Water, the Studley Royal Water Garden which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England (Paul Randall Williams) Side chapel & bell tower of Fountains Abbey , founded in 1132, is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. The ruined monastery is a focal point of England's most important 18th century Water, the Studley Royal Water Garden which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England (Paul Randall Williams) Auntumn view of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal water gardens, founded in 1132, is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. The ruined monastery is a focal point of England's most important 18th century Water, the Studley Royal Water Garden which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England (Paul Randall Williams)
 

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