The May 2013 Cultural and Drawing Tour across Morocco with Rita Lazauskas was the first group tour Elaine and I had taken in 25 plus years of overseas travel.
It proved an outstanding experience. Not only did we enjoy the colourful landscape of the coastal plains, the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara, but the lifestyle and hospitality of the Berber and Arab people of Marrakesh, Tamdaght, Skoura, Merzouga, Fez and Rabat was memorable. As Australians we are used to vivid and contrasting colours of our own landscape but the red, gold and pink colours we saw in the dryer areas of inland Morocco will never be forgotten. The medinas and souks of Marrakesh and Fez were highlights.
Overnight stays in Kasbahs and Riads added to the authentic feel of the tour as did the local cuisine, and visits to local and family carpet, textile and pottery weaving cooperatives.
The success of the trip was due to the untiring and patient efforts of Rita and that of her raconteur partner Bruce – both completely unflappable. Local expertise was provided by our outstanding guide Abdou a wonderful Berber with an Aussie sense of humour.
We did draw on the trip and Rita’s advice and encouragement stimulated those that were quite experienced and those that were new to the art form. Lots to draw.
All in all, outstanding!
Dr Michael and Mrs Elaine Curll
Orange NSW Australia