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Fabulous Carpets Along The Road To Les Gorges De Todra

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Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (October 17, 2014)

Carpets can be found in many places in Morocco and surprisingly, we passed by some carpets displayed on the road to Les Gorges De Todra. The gorge is popular among rock climbers due to its uneven surfaces but it is being used by the villagers for a different purpose – to showcase their magnificent carpets.

Majority of the carpets sold in Morocco are made in the Berber Villages where they are woven and embroidered. The design on the carpets is unique and you are guaranteed that you can’t find two that look alike. As we looked closely at the designs, most have geometric patterns with lustrous colors created from vegetable dyes, henna and other organic elements. One of my most unforgettable experiences in Morocco was the visit to a souk where there was a cornucopia of textiles, jewelries, carpets, leather products and spices. We spent hours haggling with merchants which was definitely a challenge because of the language difference.

Majority of the souks sell carpets and rugs for a more expensive price compared to those that are sold beside the roads. Prices vary according to the complexity of design but the merchants guarantee that the carpets are made from 100% wool and would last for generations. If you have had the experience of buying carpets in the USA, you will be thrilled because the price of a carpet in Morocco is almost half the price quoted in American stores. We asked the merchants to arrange for shipping because the carpets won’t certainly fit our bags. With shipping and delivery added to the price of the carpets, it looks like we got a bargain. On top of that, the carpet we got was reversible. If you want a cheaper alternative, those merchants along the roads are the better option.

Souks are some of the best features of Morocco to attract tourists. In the city of Fez, there are labyrinths of individual souks where I was overwhelmed with the great display. If you are one of those great shoppers, going to a souk in Fez will provide you with an entirely different experience.

Coron, Palawan – The Perfect Destination For Nature Lovers

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Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo

My travelling companions and I travelled from Manila the capital city of the Philippines to Busuanga, Palawan. There was an option of taking the ferry boat but it meant having to stay overnight on the boat. When our excited group reached Busuanga Airport, there were rented vans plying the route to Coron, Palawan.

From what I understand, Coron is one of the popular destinations in the Philippines because of its pristine white sand and unbelievably calm waters. The view was breathtaking and it seems like this place is going to be worth the efforts. Surprisingly, most of the villagers spoke English and they cordially welcomed us to their island. We certainly do not need travel guides because people were only too willing to point to the best places of the island.

Tricycles were the best means of transportation if you want to easily get from one point to another. Tricycles in the Philippines are powered by the usual motorcycle with a sidecar that can accommodate 3 passengers, that is if you will consider the third narrow seat which must have been added as an afterthought. Drivers were accommodating and willing to wait to take us to our next destination. They are also best sources of information on restaurants that serve the best delicacies of Palawan.

On the other hand, hotels in Palawan offer guided tours as part of a package but we wanted to experience the freedom of being able to explore the island on our own. A 30-minute boat ride allowed us a dramatic view of the limestone cliffs amidst the beautiful lagoon.

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Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo

Coron is one of the favorite spots of nature lovers because of the famous wreck diving destinations. According to the boatmen, there were 12 Japanese wrecks sunk by the American bombings during the Second World War in Coron Bay in 1944. There are also good reefs that are protected by environmentalists to allow the wealth of new corals to grow and thrive. If you are not fond of snorkeling or kayaking, just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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