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Never able to sit still, I'm always on the go. With a camera at my side, I'm always seeking out a new adventure, experiencing a new place, living in a different culture, or meeting someone new.  My wanderlust has brought me to the far corners of the earth and I still have a lot of ground to cover.  

'Desert Fortress', Morocco, Oaurzazate, Ait Benhaddou


'Desert Fortress', Morocco, Oaurzazate, Ait Benhaddou

Chris Ford

Unless you sign up for a tour that takes you by bus and organizes everything for you, Morocco is not easy to get around.  It is, however, a beautiful country and worth the effort to get off the beaten path.  Below is the desert outpost called Ait Benhaddou. The closest town, called Ouarzazate, was nothing more than beautiful kasbahs, distant Atlas Mountains, dust, and sand before Hollywood found out about it. Now, its surroundings serve as the backdrop for many of the desert scenes we see in today's movies.  Movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, Kundun, Alexander the Great, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel, Body of Lies, Prince of Persia, The Way Back and the Gladiator were all shot in this desert oasis.