Day 6: Our final excursion was the Atlas Mountains. These beautiful snow-capped peaks keep guard over Marrakesh and are home to the local Berber people. Before boarding the bus, we met up with humanitarian and Isis’ friend, Linda Cruz. Linda travels the world finding hotspots to do her “frontline” humanitarian work. She happened to be going to a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains and so we hooked up.
Our destination was the Kasbah Tamadot, Sir Richard Branson’s luxury Moroccan retreat. Along the way, Linda pointed out an ancient Berber village and the tallest mountain in North Africa, Mount Toubkal, at 13,671 ft. We arrived at the Kasbah and were greeted by a lovely French woman, Barbara, who toured us through the gorgeous gardens and buildings of the Kasbah. Opulence is the only word to describe this haven; rooms filled with gorgeous antiques, pieces of exotic art, courtyards with reflections pools, terraces overflowing with foliage and beautiful mountain landscapes.
While the group enjoyed the grounds and the fantastic gift shop, the S.T.A.R.S. headed to the highest terrace to sing “Indescribable” and “It’s Possible” for our guides and God. We were completely overjoyed and in full ownership that this opulence was straight out of our own minds. The experience was “Indescribable”.
The kitchens at the Kasbah were not prepared to host our entourage of 35 so Barbara took us down the road to a lovely auberge run by a French friend of hers. The setting was fantastic, tables and food laid out in a beautiful glassed-in porch surrounded by herbs, cacti and flowering jasmine. We were treated to a delightful lunch and our hosts were treated to “This Magic Moment” from Nuhjume.
No day would be complete without line dancing. We gathered around the pool and rocked “Shake It Up” and “The Cupid Shuffle”. Then back down the mountain for a final evening relaxing at our hotel, sharing photos and just enjoying each other’s company. We never seem to get tired of having fun together. Who would?
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