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Day 2 : Marrakech --IMLIL - AROUMD - SIDI CHAMHAROUCH - IMLIL--Marrakech. We set off today towards the southwest skirting the Berber town of Imlil (1740m), known as Morocco ’s ‘Little Chamonix’, set, as we are, in the upper level foothills of the Western High Atlas mountains of the Toubkal National Park. With streams and paths branching out in all directions, we traverse the Tamatert Valley until we reach the hamlet of Achelm to strike out for some 4km towards the south towards the Berber village of Aroumd (Aremd) (1843m), passing the hamlets of Taourirt, Targa, and Imoula, up and down the stark slopes, the jagged Western High Atlas peaks of the Jbel Toubkal Massif - at 4167m the highest peak in North Africa - before us, with her awe-inspiring sister peaks the Jbels Aguelzim (3547m), Aksouâl (3847m) and the Adrar Adj (3122m) watching us all the way. We shall stop at Aroumd to visit this rather singular village in the Assif Aït Mizane Valley , built seemingly house upon house on a large moraine spur overlooking ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn and vegetables and always surrounded by almond and walnut trees. We thence carry on for another 8km.to the equally-quaint village of Sidi Chamharouch, a Berber village set beside a waterfall and small stream, again with its pisé homes seemingly built somewhat chaotically one into another. This village is a place of pilgrimage for devout Moslems and it is where there is a marabout shrine – forbidden to non-Moslems - said to be a relic of a pre-Islamic religious and naturalist cult. We take a break for a picnic, within full view of Jbel Toubkal, prior to setting off back down the other side of the valley at a gentle pace back to the delightful Douar imlil.
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Drinking in Veneto: PROSECCO - a Dry or Extra Dry white sparkling wine made from Glera ("Prosecco") grapes. Venetians consider Prosecco an ideal apperitivo or ombrette (pick-me-up). APEROL is the perfect aperitf. As coffee time, which is one of the main after-lunch ceremonies, the 'aperitivo' before the evening meal, its absolutely an adequate and enjoyed tradition since the Romans. APEROL SPRITZ - it's probably the most popular drink in Veneto. BEER is less popular in Italy, but exists. The best known Italian beer: "la Peroni". And finally GRAPPA - uniquely Italian drink, has been around since the Middle Ages. For generations, Italians have sipped this "firewater" after meals and even added a little to their morning espresso, to "correct" it.
The tits fontain was built in 16th century on the order of Alvise Da Ponte, who was the mayor of the Republic of Venice at that time. Idea came after a severe drought that struck the city of Treviso and the surrounding countryside. Originally the statue was placed inside the Praetorian Palace, then removed to other place several times until it took its place in little yard of Zignoli House. In honor of each new coming Mayor - fountain flowed red wine from one breast and white wine from another breast, and all citizens could drink for free for 3 days. You may see video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P573SqAWJDw
The town is circled by waterways and Treviso calles itself a "città d'acque". The river Sile runs to the south of the centre, and canals carry water around the town. Treviso doesn't pretend being alike Venice, it's very different in appearance and in character too.
Piazza dei Signori is the lively central square, lined with cafès. It is the classic Italian piazza, where people use to stroll around or sit outdoor at a bar table sipping a coffee, a glass of Prosecco wine or a spritz, pecking at the typical Venetian’s finger food, the so-called cicchetti, looking at people passing by...they say it is the Italians’ favourite passtime, isn’it?
St Nicolas Church 14th cent. The frescoes you see were painted by Tommaso da Modena (one of the best Renaissance painters) and the portraits in the chapel are by Laurenzo Lotto. There are also more portraits of Domenican monks in the chapter house also painted by Tommaso da Modena.
This is the Church of St Nicholas (San Nicolo') in the centre of Treviso. It was built in the 14th Century in the Romanesque-Gothic style. The frescoes were painted by Tommaso da Modena (one of the best Renaissance painters) and the portraits in the chapel are by Laurenzo Lotto. There are also more portraits of Domenican monks in the chapter house also painted by Tommaso da Modena.
Everywhere you go in Treviso - you see these shadows. After some research online I found that there are works of Mario Martinelli - artist, who was born in Treviso. Shadows made of net, unusual and pretty.
Rustic tavern in the heart of Treviso Fish Market. Home-made wine from huge dusted bottles, fresh fish fried in deep oil and palenta (its Veneto!)
I like to watch people. Here - girls and dogs were walking and performing. Suddenly their dogs seen another big dog, girls turned after them and mentoned handsome guy - the dog's owner (out of frame), who set near high table with his beer. I took few photos of the event, it's one of them.
APEROL is the perfect aperitf. As coffee time, which is one of the main after-lunch ceremonies, the 'aperitivo' before the evening meal, its absolutely an adequate and enjoyed tradition since the Romans. Probably the most popular drink in Veneto is APEROL SPRITZ - coctail contains Aperol, sparkling Prosecco wine (similar to champagne), splash of soda and slice of orange. For inspiration look: http://www.aperol.com
Lived in very special B&B in Treviso, called "Madam Upstairs". It's big apartment on the last floor of the old building, from head to toys designed in style of 70th. Psychodelic colors, collection of items and furniture from 70th and really very much upstairs.