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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM NICOLE THERIOT

Terry and Brenda Theriot, of Baton Rouge, trek through the Merzouga desert in Morocco on camels in November. The Theriots spent three weeks touring the country, where their daughter, Nicole Theriot, serves as the U.S. consul general in Casablanca. After the camel ride, they spent the night in Bedouin tents amid the sand dunes. While in Morocco, they also toured the first-century Roman ruins of Volubilis, wandered the labyrinthine 'Blue City' of Chefchaouen, dined on raw oysters in Oualidia, and shopped in the ancient medinas of Marrakech and Fes. In Tangier, they visited the historic American Legation, the only U.S. historic landmark outside of the United States, and in Casablanca, they toured the Hassan II mosque, the largest mosque on the continent of Africa.