We spend the majority of our days during the winter with a high of 60 degrees and mostly sunny. (I know, some of you are cursing me under your breath right now. Sorry.) So when we heard the rumors that snow had come to the Middle Atlas mountains in Morocco we grabbed some friends and headed that way for a long weekend.
About 1.5 hours into the drive we came to the mountains and after cresting one hill and then another, us adults started sweating: there was no snow. The kids had been promised snow and sledding, packed their gear, and had been in anticipation all week. As the miles went by and we were 2 hours into the 2.5 hour drive and still no white, they were downright panicking. About 15 minutes from the hotel we finally spotted snow on a distant peak and knew we were saved!
|Mountains on one side....|
We pulled into the hotel parking lot and there was one small pile of ice/snow that hadn't melted. All the kids (that could walk) pounced on it like it was the last snow on earth. The freezing temperatures were quite a shock- especially since we had only been in the car for 2.5 hours.
We stayed at Le Palais de Cerisiers (Cherry Tree Palace), a small family-run lodge with nice rooms and a great restaurant. Our families were assigned rooms that opened onto the same landing allowing the kids to run back and forth. The food was good and they catered to the kids' tastes (spaghetti and french fries instead of roasted duck and asparagus) and schedule (6:30 dinner instead of 8:00).
The daytime was spent playing in the snow, sledding, and hunting for wild monkeys.
|G soaking it in. "Go see snow?! Go see snow?!" (hint of desperation in voice)|
|A Barbary monkey. A troop of these live just 5 minutes from the hotel.|
|This is right on a major autoroute.|
|On Sunday, out of desperation, our little family ended up at the Michlifen Resort for lunch. Remember how I went on and on about how nice the Sofitel Rabat is? Well, it PALES in comparison to this place. So there we were with toddlers in an expensive restaurant. Thankfully, we had the place to ourselves AND they found some french fries for G. ALSO, do you see what J is sitting in??!! An actual high chair!!! That alone was worth the exorbitant cost of the meal.|
All in all, a good trip. Enjoyed the snow, but nice to get back to 60 degrees. And to the Bs and Es, we loved every minute with ya'll. Thanks for a great time!