01/31/2013 11:20 am ET

The Garden of Eden Is In Marrakech

It's breaking 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the car we rented doesn't have an air conditioning, and I'm trying to remember exactly whose idea it was to choose July for this desert adventure. Fortunately, swimming pools are not a rarity in Marrakech, and Beldi Country Club has a day pass option (lunch and full-day privileges for about $30 USD). Sweet relief!

When you imagine going to the Beldi in this kind of weather, the cliché of impending heat stroke with the blurry mirage of oasis surrounded by palm trees comes to mind. The reality is no less impressive — this is definitely what God had in mind for Eden.

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