Blogs from Marrakech, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco, Africa - page 3


Hello from Morocco! Adina and I are coming to you from our first country in Africa. After a very long travel day ending with a train in Marrakech and then making our way through the old quarter's twisting, weaving, and very confusing streets we managed to make it to our Riad. A riad is a kind of guest house with an interior courtyard. Part of the Islam faith is that you don't show outward wealth - so almost all of the buildings are as plain as can be on the outside but have immense tile mosaics, pools, terraced roof tops, and even plunge pools to escape the mid day heat. The old part of Marrakech - the Medina - is an absolute labyrinth of markets, shops, squares with markets, stalls, guys with monkeys, and even snake ... read more
Door at a Koranic School
Spice Store
Street Performer rocking out

After arriving at our hotel, drinking our mint tea and eating some Moroccan biscuits we headed out in search of dinner. We were a little unsure how well we'd be able to find our way around so chose somewhere close by. We grabbed a table on the rooftop and ordered kebabs and a tajine. The food was nice although we were a little shocked at how expensive it was given the serving size. The following morning we set out to explore the area in and around the medina. We made our way through the medina streets towards Dar El Said Museum. Dar El Said Museum houses a collection of traditional jewellery, carpets, lamps and pottery in a palace. We weren't particularly impressed with any of the exhibits which weren't displayed all that nicely and were a ... read more
Cute cats
Marrakech medina street
Dar El Said Museum

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech November 27th 2016

After a final breakfast our Morocco adventure concluded with lasting memories and new friends. On reflection we have been blessed with every seasonal & geological contrast over these two weeks. Summery days with cloudless blue skies, gigantic alpine mountains, endless orange desert sand, barren tablelands, lush river gullies, beach & snow.... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech November 26th 2016

Leaving day from Essaouira has seen the expected winds arrive after two relatively calm days. Our final stop is a 3hr local bus drive to Marrakech and a two night stay at Moroccan House. On the way out of Essaouira we passed the region where the incredible Argan tree thrives naturally in one of the few regions in the world. No plantations are known to exist outside Morocco despite many attempts around the world to replicate conditions. The unique thing about the argan tree grows randomly but are linked together underground. Labor intensive procedures (20 hrs to make 1 litre) are required to extract a tiny seed from a hard nut that is further protected by an outer shell casing. The oil has countless therapeutic properties. Marrakech is a city of contrasts where the modern part ... read more
Street Food Bazaar
Street Food Bazaar
Medina stall

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech November 22nd 2016

There are many things to note about Marrakech, especially it's most central hub and meeting place which is the Jemaa el-Fnaa square. At first I had mixed feelings about the city and couldn't quite warm to it but regardless of my first impressions I allowed myself a few days to settle and find my bearings. It's one of those places that can grow on you quite quickly and luckily for me, it did. I flew to Marrackech from London Gatwick in November 2016. This was my very first visit to Morocco. My first introduction to Marrakech was stepping off the bus and being overwhelmed by the amount of people buzzing around, families sitting in the grassy park ahead of me, street vendors selling nuts and boys selling packets of tissues for 2 dirhams. I felt a ... read more
Morrocan Lamps in the Medina
Mosque in the Souk
Traditional Music Shop

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 28th 2016

Posledni den, posledni prilezitost probrouzdat Marrakesh. Navigace mi tu neprisla tak narocna jako ve Fesu, ulicky odpovidaly mapam. Ale pohyb tu byl dost mozna tezsi, protoze neustale okolo jezdi velkou rychlosti mopedy a kola. Domorodci, ac to tak nevypada, je maji pod kontrolou a umi se obdivuhodne vyhybat zmatenym turistum (vyzkouseno na vas, neni zac). A jelikoz jezdi nejspis na zbyly olej z fritezy, tak za sebou zanechavaji smogovou situaci level Cina. Postupne jsme navstivili madrasu Ben Youssef, ktera byla hodne podobna te, kterou jsme videli ve Fesu, ale zde nas pustili i do patra, takze jsme ji poznali lepe. Pak jsme zasli do palace Al Bahia, kam nas pred tydnem uz nepustili. Bylo tam sice hodne lidi, ale palac je celkem rozlehly, krasne zdobeny a stoji za navstevu. Jako vsude jinde v Maroku je celkem ... read more
Ben Youssef madrasa
Palác Al Bahia
Palác Al Bahia

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 9th 2016

SALAM again from Marrakesh What else did I see and experience in the pink city? JARDIN MAJORELLE Our first attempt to reach the Jardin Majorelle by foot on our second day in town, got as lost and back to the center of the Medina. So, today we got smarter and took a cab. French painter Jacques Majorelle spent forty passionate years to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”. But it wasn't until famous designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé, bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980, saving it from becoming a hotel complex, that the recent history of the garden began. They revived the garden, added to the collection of plants, and made the Villa Oasis their home for years. When Yves passed away in 2008, his ashes were ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 7th 2016

THEN… I took a “sip” of Morocco some 10 years ago, when I crossed the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry, from Spain to decadent Tangier, for just a day. I was sick and nauseous most of the day, and walking under the scotching sun, followed by insistent sellers who glued to you for up to an hour, wasn’t pleasant, and not a way to judge the country. One thing that fascinated me then, was watching locals coming in and out of what seemed like a hole with a little entrance, a couple steps down from the street level. That was the public “bakery”, where people came to leave their bread to bake, and them came to get it. How did they know whose bread belong to them? Each family had a symbol “stamped” on their bread, ... read more
Look at the arquitetural details

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech August 4th 2016

Holding the enviable position of No.3 in Tripadvisor's “Top 25 Destinations for 2016”, Marrakech had been high on our list to visit. We decided to take advantage of some cheap (Ryanair) flights from London Stansted to travel first to Morocco, then via Spain, to our final destination of Latin America. Our journey began in style, with an all-nighter in the 24-hour cafe at Liverpool Street, after some farewell drinks with our brothers. We took the first bus to Stansted at around 4am for our early morning flight to Marrakech. In total, we spent a week in Morocco, staying in Marrakech and Fes, although we also passed through Rabat and Tangier, and visited Ouzoud. Being just a half-hour ferry ride from Europe, and with some independent travel information available on the internet, we didn’t expect too much ... read more
Jem el Fnaa
Getting ready
Train to Fes

Wrapping up Morocco inMarrakesh makes sense. If you haven't seen it, felt it or eaten it yet as you travel around Morocco, then you will find it in Marrakesh.True, there are no High Atlas Mountains here but the spices, food, medina, all of the goods that you might have missed and all of the goodies that you might want to try again – they are all here. Our accommodation for this last few days was just a bit more luxurious than the norm. The Hotel Gomassine is in the French quarter of the city, Gueliz. Wide streets, some more up-market shops, more expensive restaurants and bars and good coffee. Five minutes in a taxi – beige here – to the main square of the medina, Jemaa el 'Fnaa, 15 minutes to the airport and 5 minutes ... read more
Sun setting over the medina at Marrakech
Our Moroccan cookery school
Getting ready for cookery class

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