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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech February 27th 2014

I'm loathe to admit it, but I must be only moderately attractive because he obviously wasn't aroused when he showed me his ... you know ... stuff. OK, raise your hand if you've ever found yourself sitting naked except for your Hanes' boxer underwear on a hot, wet, polished cement floor, surrounded by men, young and old, who speak only Arabic. Then one well-proportioned young fellow looks directly at you, right at YOU, and discretely lowers the band of his shorts displaying his junk with a come hither look. But seriously, this was the admittedly surreal vision in front of me as I sat in a traditional Moroccan "Hammam" (Public Bath) within the Souk of Marrakech. Let's move on, we can come back to this later. ....................................…. A Day's Journey Our day began bright and clear, ... read more
Playing in Ifrane
Just another Canadian in Morocco...
Congestion in Jemaa el-Fnaa Square…

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech January 20th 2014

What a wonderful world. I flew only an hour from Lisbon and we transferred to a little prop plane. On the plane I met a Russian named Boris. He had only his guitar and pack. When we got outside of the airport to hail a taxi the heat was stifling. I felt like I was in Las Vegas but hotter. Fancy town. We were dropped in the central crazy area of Marrakesh, Morocco. People were staring and questioning. I had a lot on my mind and my plate of what I wanted to do but first it was time to eat. Me and my new friend went to a restaurant and ordered the native dish of Tagine. They mix veggies in with lamb or other meats and let it steam in a ceramic dish. The result ... read more
Marrakesh Street action
The Gathering Place
Let the Music Play

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech January 17th 2014

Today as we continued on journey south and west we made a stop at Dades Gorge and continued along the route of 1001 Kasbahs. This was the old caravan route from the Atlantic to the Sahara, although the ones further south were used most often. Along this route are the remains and restorations of the most surviving kasbahs. We stopped at one called Kasbah Taourit, now a UNESCO site. Built in 1764 and used mainly for administraton of the area and was a center point in the rebellion of the Berbers against the Sultan in 1912. We finally made our way to Ouazazate, pronounced "whereizit". This area has been used for many movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Ten Commandments, The Mummy and many others. The hotel we stayed in even had some of the ... read more
Sunrise on Sahara
Sunrise on Sahara
Staying warm

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech January 1st 2014

Zrobily mi się zaległości, ale to dlatego, ze malaEm wypruwa ze mnie cała energię i pod wieczór mam już tylko jej ma tyle, zeby pójść spać. Mamy już nowy rok. Sylwestrowa kolacje jedliśmy w naszym riadzie (tradycyjny dom na starówce przekształcony na kilkupokojowy hotel), bojąc sie, ze na mieście tego dnia może być cieżko znaleźć przyzwoite jedzenie. Podobno Marakesz w nocy zarabia 7 razy więcej niż w dzień - to miasto rozrywki zarówno dla turystow, jak dla lokalnych. Popołudnie spędziliśmy u lekarza - to już się staje tradycja. Lekarz całkiem profesjonalny, a trwajaca 3h godzina dała pole do ciekawych obserwacji. Po pierwsze, jak Marokanczycy zwalczają chłód. Śmialiśmy się z nich trochę, ze chodzą tak ciepło ubrani - swoje egzotyczne bawełniane kaftany żamienili na polarowe szlafroki - długie do ziemi i zakapturzone szlafroku w dziwnych... read more
Stolarka w medresie
Sylwestrowa kolacja
Majorelle. Kaktusowy ogrod w byłym domu Yvesa Saint Laurenta.

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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech January 1st 2014

Siedzimy znów na Jam El Fna, co pewnie inaczej się powinno zapisywać, i patrzymy jak świat kręci się w kółko, chyba bez głębszego celu. Przeszliśmy pół souku, robiąc tu i tam zakupy, wypatrując kotków dla małejEm, targujac się i przypatrując błyskotkom. Po souku można chodzić godzinami i nigdy nie znaleźć tego, czego się szuka, kupując za to inne ciekawe i czasami całkiem nieprzydatne rzeczy. Wszyscy sprzedawcy zaczepiają, wystarczy rzucić okiem, zagadują tez małąEm, czasami chcąc ja zainteresować i tym samym nas. Ale dziś zbierała tez fanty. Jak kupowaliśmy koszyki, dostał saszetkę z ręka Fatimy, a pózniej cedrowe naszyjnik od pana, który rękoma i jedna noga jest w stanie wyczarować cudeńka z drewna cedrowego. MalaEm patrzyła na niego oczarowana. A on opowiadał, jak zaczął uczyć się fachu w wieku 8 lat od ojca i jak drewno cedrowe ... read more
Koutoubia
Excuse me!
kameleony i opuncje

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 29th 2013

Od rana słońce, małaEm po wczorajszych przygodach spała cała noc aż do 7, czyli naszego czasu 8! Wyruszylismy w poszukiwaniu kawki, herbatki i jakiegoś sniadaniowego bajgla. o 9 ulice były jeszcze puste, brudne i trochę mokre od wczorajszego deszczu. Przy ścianach przebiegały wyliniałe koty, obwozni handlarze mięty dostarczali do kawiarni swój towar, tragarze wnosili skrzynki pomarańczy. Pojechaliśmy zobaczyć współczesny landmark Casablanki - meczet Hassana II. Szaleńczo duży, pomiesciłby w sobie np. bazylike św. Piotra. Położony jest na samym brzegu , na dramatycznie wczorajszej sie w morze platformie. Jak na nowoczesny twór sakralny, to całkiem udany moloch. Myśle, ze nasi księża mogliby sie tego i owego od tutejszych władców nauczyć w sprawie monumentalności. Po mieście poruszamy sie grand taxi bądź petit taxi. Małe to czerwone fiaciki z bag... read more
Casa Voyageurs
Nasz riad
Produkty kolonialne

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 23rd 2013

We arrived in Mohammedia and stayed at La Ocean for a couple of days. The town is just north of Casablanca and the parking was just on the sea. In the morning the fishermen arrived and were selling there catch of the day. Marcel was the best salesman he sold fish at the double of the market price, but was polite and entertaining and his appearance was enjoyed by everybody. We hired a taxi for the day and went sightseeing in Casablanca. The Hassan III mosque in Casablanca is appointed the most beautiful mosque in the world, partly built on water and partly on land. Quite and impressing building. If I should consider a new business, maybe it should be within a religion, it seems that they are making huge profits, both in the muslim the ... read more
Mohammedia
Mohammedia
Moscue in Casablanca Hassan III

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech September 11th 2013

This is the 3rd and last blog on Morocco DAY 5 HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS, OASES & OUARZAZATE. After a 7.00am rise, we ventured towards the oasis of Tinehir, and then on through the Todra Gorge – the Grand Canyon of the Sahara. This was amazing, with cliffs towering up on both sides of the road. We then went to Boumalne-du-Dades, where we encounter the dry rugged Dades Valley, dotted with oases of figs, olives, date palms and with castellated mud houses hugging the slopes. The colour contrast between the brown/red mountains and cliffs with the green oasis on the valley floor was stunning. There are many aquifers and springs in this area. We then stopped in the desert for Berber tea and almonds at an Imam’s house at a traditional Kasbah. We were able to ask ... read more
The Great Atlas Mountains Morocco (4)
Marrakech Medina or Market Mounds of spices
Argen Oil Factory Ladies crushing the nut


The crowds pushed us along, and every now and again a hoot from behind would make everyone move to the side as a motorbike snaked its way past. A clanging bell indicated a donkey and cart were coming through. Bags, belts, shoes, carpets, and wooden handicrafts were everywhere to see. The smell of spices hung in the air and outside every shop sat a man waiting to pounce. “Hello,” one man boomed. He sat outside a stall peddling shoes. “I have good bargains here. I give best price! Look inside…come!” Our eyes met for half a second and he jumped up, beckoning us towards his store. “Come in! See my quality footwear!” We ignored him and walked on. At a leather bag store, we decided to stop. Angela quickly spotted something she liked. The proprietor grinned ... read more
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