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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

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech March 11th 2016

Day 11 - Leaving Aït Ben Haddou, going to Marrakesh Oh yes.... Another good nights sleep, I never fail! The really heavy blankets make me so comfortable! We were up naturally at 6.30; showered, and ready for breakfast at 7. It's been s good group for timing. We've never had any latecomers! We set off at 8am for Marrakesh. I sat with Sarah today. We watched Philomena, but although Saerah was enjoying the film, it wasn't good for her travel sickness! After about 90 minutes, we stopped for coffee and toilets. I felt sorry for Sarah, she's suffering today! Poor Sarah, the further we travelled, the worse she got... Until she was so sick! The drive is really scary. The mountains are so high, and the roads are narrow and winding, with horrendous hairpin bends. I ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech November 17th 2015

After two years of planning we have finally made it to our first destination. The flight took a bit longer than expected as we couldn't travel on a dented plane and had to wait for a replacement. On arrival to Marrakech airport we met with our driver who totally put us off hiring a car this week. The roads are total chaos and lanes don't seem to have any significance here. Were staying at the atlas targa aqua club. Unfortunately the water park is just for kids :-( Were chilling by the pool today enjoying the sunshine (26*c) and all inclusive hospitality. I hope hurricane barney isn't causing too much trouble back home. I think we may be taking a trip into the old town of marrakech tomorrow. ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 31st 2015

After a long drive, the group arrived in Marrakesh in the early evening. Dinner was served at the hotel and afterwards we hung out at hotel bar for a couple of drinks before we called it a night. The next day we headed out with Mohammed, our Moroccan tour leader, to explore the many treasures of Marrakesh. Our first stop was a Berber Pharmacy. The Berbers use traditional remedies including Moroccan herbs and spices to combat various sicknesses and improve health and beauty. We were enticed by the well-spoken Berber saleswoman into buying some well-known Moroccan exports including argon oil, Saffron, and Green tea with fresh mint for our family back home. Then we were off to the Bahai Palace. The Bahai Palace incorporates beautiful eastern architecture and was once intended to house the grand vizier ... read more
Marrakech 3
Marrakech 7
Marrakech 4

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 9th 2015

Zas sa mi moc nedalo spat. Zatial je dost teplo tak deky resp plachty ani na zakrytie nepouzivam. Rano ma cakalo prekvapenie, v posteli boli uplny iny ludia ako ti co tam sli vecer spat. A volaky dement mi vytiahol nabijacku z jedinej zastrcky na izbe a supol si tam svoju. Som zvedavy teda kolko mi dnes vydrzi baterka. Z postele sa vykopovam o 7/30 a smer na prizemie na ranajky. Tu uz bola stara zena co si mysli,ze este dnes su roky woodstocku. Nevim ci som to spominal ale je to o hodinu menej ako u nas. Na ranajky kava s mliekom, obe tekutinu v zvlast kanvicach. Mlieko mi neslo nacapovat, som to volako zle mackal, tak recepcny mi s tym musel nakoniec pomoct. Dalej mi recepcny doniesol dzem, maslo, placku, chleba a neaky zavitok. ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 8th 2015

Po super spanku pobalenie a behnutie na ranajky co boli v cene. Bageta, maslo, dzem, dzus, sladke pecivo a neaka placka + kava alebo caj. Nakoniec sme boli na izbe traja. Nemec, ktory hrozne rychlo rozpraval s otrasnym nemeckym prizvukom, tak som mu skoro nic nerozumel ale ani nic zaujimave nehovoril a potom este jeden chalan ale s nim som ani nebol. Inak zatial som ani moc turistov nepostretal. Na zel.stanicu casa voyagers sa da dostat aj elektrickou, ktora ide od brany mediny na juhu ale ja som sa rozhodol ist pesi nech si este trochu obzriem casu. No ale cestou nic zaujimave, budovy, niekde spina, kopa ludi a aut. Na mini stanici kupujem bezproblemov listok a smer blizky parcik. Pred stanicou kopa taxi ale ziadny otravovia. Toto som fakt prekvapeny, cakal som viac otravnych ludi. ... read more

Upon arriving in Marrakesh it was immediately evident we were in a larger, more modern city. On the ride from the train station to our riad we passed night clubs, fancy restaurants, and billboards advertising alcohol and cigarettes. It felt like we had pressed fast forward on the remote and arrived in the modern world. The Medina felt distinctly different as well. The streets were wide enough that cars and motorcycles could drive on them, which lead to more traffic and congestion. There were also larger monuments and distinguishable landmarks within, which in theory, should have made it easier to navigate (this didn’t actually end up being the case). Our riad, located in the southwest corner of the Medina was run by a sweet, young French woman. It was adorably decorated with a mixture of Moroccan ... read more

We sleep in, and again have breakfast on the roof terrace. We decide that today we will explore the south end of the Medina. The staff at the Riad tell us we should be fine to do this on our own, and that we won't need a guide. We are worried about getting scammed again. We decide that we must look confident, not hesitate at intersections, and on no account to let anyone see us looking at a map. We have noticed that everyone who wants to sell us something or get money from us in some way tries to say hello to us in a whole range of different languages. Eventually they get to ours and we say hello back. The first part of their plan has then succeeded. I ask Issy whether there might ... read more
Bahia Palace
Bahia Palace
El Badi Palace

We wake up. I breathe a sigh of relief. We don't have food poisoning yet. We again have breakfast on the roof terrace. I talk to an Italian girl called Valentina, who works with Delila to manage the Riad. I ask her if she has been to Australia. She says that she is too scared to come because of our airports, and that she has developed this fear from watching the Australian version of Border Security on Italian TV. I wonder if anyone in Australia realises that this program is deterring tourists. I now think that maybe the reason everyone in Marrakech has so many satellite dishes is so that they can watch Italian TV. I wonder why they don't watch Moroccan TV. I think Moroccan TV must be really bad, and I'm not sure Italian ... read more
Jardin Majorelle
Street transport in the Medina
Jardin Majorelle

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