Many visitors to Tighza come to enjoy the rural aspect, and to see a bit of typical village life. I must admit to having some reservations - on the one hand I wanted to see and learn a bit more about life in Morocco, but on the other hand I feel that I'm intruding, or that there's something a bit uncomfortable about 'gawking' at 'the quaint locals', something a bit patronising
However, the company I was travelling with tries to give something back, They're involved with the local school - having funded a toilet block, and we were due to visit a family to learn about their life in the village as well as a chance to enjoy their hospitality - which again would be funded.
Well, I really enjoyed this part of the tour. It was a pleasant walk to their home. It was quite a surprise to see the vast amount of vegetation and greenery, with lots of streams bubbling past our path.(A few days earlier I'd been in the Dades Valley, where there had been no rain for months and all the wheat crops and date palms had died, and later in the Sahara desert , where again there was little vegetation) There was a variety of fruit growing, along with an array of vegetables and herbs. Mohamad picked some fruit (pomegranites) for us, which was delicious. We also encountered a few goats and sheep, which looked quite plump and healthy, again very different to the scrawny animals I'd come across during my visit to Morocco.
Before entering the families home, a few points of interest were pointed out to us
In particular, two windows with typical ironwork - one was from the time the kasbah was originally built, the other was a more recent addition. The older one had the work done as one piece, the newer had been created by welding pieces of metal, and was more intricate in its design.
In the pictures as well as seeing these different styles, You can see some of the construction of the kasbah, where mud bricks have been used.
To be continued...
The family we visited lived in a kasbah, which had been built by the fathers Grand father. It was a typical red adobe mud structure.
We entered into the yard, where a variety of animals were to be seen, they all looked well kept and healthy. Goats, sheep, a cow, hens, chickens and a mule were kept to provide food, or help transport goods etc.
Some of the children of the family shyly appeared, but carried on tending the animals.
Arriving at the Gite, it was very welcoming to smell the delicious aromas of food.
Our group ate our meals in one of the dining rooms (not sure how many dining areas there were)
Settees and cushions and a long low table were the only furnishings.
There is no alcohol allowed at this Gite - soft drinks available, plus mint tea, coffee and drinking chocolate.
A small shop in the gite sells chocolate, biscuits, crisps etc.
Favorite Dish: Our first course of Harira soup was delicious, served in typical brightly coloured pottery bowls, and eaten with wooden spoons- plus plenty of bread. Spaghetti and vegetable sauce, again was tasty. We finished with melon and grapes. Mint tea was drunk on the terrace.
I was late getting down for breakfast, but there was a selection of breads, cheese triangles, porridge, cereals etc.
Lunch was salad with sardines, pasta, beetroot etc, followed by fruit.
The food was all freshly prepared and cooked, and delicious.