I’m often out in Italy’s Abruzzo region, which once was widely known as a region with more goats than people. And way back in the days of yore, becoming a shepherd was among the most popular career choices for local residents. Not so much of that today, but at least some things never change. Goat cheese is particularly good from this region.
Since my family and I love hiking, so we often combine our vacations with hiking trails and are used to stumbling across goats grazing on lush, green grass.
But travelling in Morocco, I had a bit of a surprise to see the adaptive powers of goats not blessed with as much grass as that consumed by their Italian or European cousins. When travelling in southern Morocco, I was amused to watch the goats – young and old – grazing in the trees.
These goats would scramble up the trees thanks to the handy ‘ladders’ (a.k.a. wobbly piles of stones) constructed for them by their shepherds. And they were quite adept at balancing themselves on the branches to munch away at the leaves.
So be sure to enjoy the tree-grazing goats on your next visit to Morocco. For other Morocco tips see earlier posts on the doors of Essouira, jogging on the beach of Agadir and visiting beautiful Marrakech.