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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech January 19th 2015

Geo: 31.6334, -7.9996We had a great day today in the Medina of Marrakech. It rained for the first part of the morning, but it did not really interfere with our enjoyment of the place. It was still cool all day, and we kept bundled up. We had breakfast inside the main house, near the fireplace, which was lovely. Then, around 10am, we had the van take us to town. Aziz had provided a great map and suggested route, plus places to eat lunch in town. As we were pulling out of the drive way, I received a text from Kyla: she had another diabetic seizure and shoulder dislocated. Paramedics were on their way. Not the last thing you want to read before moving away from wifi for a few hours.The main square was fairly empty upon ... read more
Palais Bahia
Palais Bahia
Palais Bahia

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech January 18th 2015

Geo: 31.6334, -7.9996My alarm woke me this morning. Nasty thing. I got up slowly and dressed and repacked, had a coffee. Then, I checked out and took the Metro to the airport. I used the kiosk for check-in … it worked well, and deposited my bag at the bag check. Security was relatively efficient. I then had to take three escalators downstairs to the train and the train out to the supplemental terminal. There, I went through immigration, and, finding that they had not yet announced our gate, had a sandwich and a coffee. I arrived at the gate around boarding time and wondered if I was confused as almost no one was there. The sign announced my flight, though, so I took a chair. I sat next to two young American men who were here ... read more
Landing in Marrakech
Our villa, Dar Ayniwen
Our villa, Dar Ayniwen

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

...ja. Ich. Sonst noch wer? Bestimmt. Wo sind die? Weiß man nicht... Irgendwo da vorne im Flugzeug hatte sich eine Dame dazu entschlossen, umzufallen. Wer das liest, denkt sich bestimmt..."war ja klar, dass ihr sowas passiert..." Wie soll ich sagen...überrascht war ich auch nicht. Jedenfalls....nichts, was man mit ein bisschen NaCl und Glukose nicht wieder hinkriegen könnte, aber verständlicherweise führt eine solche Situation, kombiniert mit einem hyperventilierenden Flugbegleiter (..oder wie heißen die heutzutage?) zu einer gewissen Anspannung. So positiv überrascht ich von der Ausstattung der Notfallköfferchens war, so ungern möchte ich mir vorstellen, wie es ist, wenn unter diesen Umständen wirklich etwas passiert. Nunja...alle Beteiligten waren rasch wieder....Achtung...auf der Höhe. Besonders der arme Flugbegleiter (ja wie denn nun? Cabin Manager? Saftschubse?)... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 26th 2014

The Riad Naya where we are staying is a bit run down. It's an old building, the room has odd smell. The attached bathroom really is just behind a partition in the room, with no door, and I think the smell is partly because of that. The owner does not live here, it's run by 2 guys who are really nice, but it's not the same as family run Riads we heard about. We spent the day walking in Marrakech, site seeing, getting lost in the streets. We saw a mosque and then Bahia palace which is impressive. Then we shopped around a bit for a tour to Imlil. Originally we wanted to walk this on our own but later decided to hire a guide to take care of the logistics. Lunch was at a nice ... read more
Lunch
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The sign next to DO NOT USE agent

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 8th 2014

Geo: 31.6334, -7.9996 The next day we decided to go for Moroccan Hammam. Easy spa Medina was recommended by our Riad Abaca Badra which is about 5 mins walk from the Riad, we went there as it was convenient on a hot afternoon. I chose to have the full hammam for 180 dirhams. We were striped to our underwear, so do take spare underwear. The lady washed us with black soap, exfoliated us for few minutes, put the clay mask on us for a minute and shampooed our hair once. It was over very quickly in 20-25 minutes between both of us and I was taken to change. They did not understand English and it was very hard to communicate with them. I was bit underwhelmed by the experience after high expectations ; I should have ... read more
Le Comptoir du Pacha
Le Comptoir du Pacha
Le Comptoir du Pacha

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 6th 2014

Geo: 31.6334, -7.9996 Next day at 5:00am I was awoken by the Islamic call to prayer echoing throughout Marrakech, and then there was another one at six when I was just able to doze off again but towards the end of my trip, I got used to the prayer calls. The breakfast was delicious with pasties, bread, eggs to order, yoghurts and assortment of condiments such as homemade strawberry jam, marmalade and honey all presented beautifully. There were two mains water filters on the ground floor of the Riad and we had free water during our stay there: Dominique even offered to give us chilled bag to take the water bottle with us but we declined and she also gave us a phone to call them in case we got lost. We walked the alley which ... read more
Marrakech
Marrakech
Marrakech

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech October 5th 2014

Geo: 31.6334, -7.9996 We travelled by Ryan air from Stansted to Marrakech, on our flight we read newspapers and played scrabble so the 3 and half hour journey passed quickly. On landing at Marrakech there was loud speaker announcement informing us that "we were a part of another successful, on time, Ryanair flight". We had paid extra £10 each for the front seats so we got out quickly and joined the queue to the immigration, having filled our arrival cards on the flight. After 35-40 minutes of waiting in queues we cleared the customs and we were relieved to see the driver from Riad Abaca Badra waiting for us at the airport which is a great relief in the heat. We chose the Riad Abaca Badra based on Tripadvisor recommendations and they were spot on ... read more
Riad Abaca Badra
Riad Abaca Badra
Riad Abaca Badra


We booked a four day break with British Airways to experience Morocco. We flew out on Sunday the 29th June. Our flight was good as usual with BA and arrived on time. Flying into Marrakech airport started my concerns on what I had booked. After a queue at passport control we went through to collect our luggage. Marrakech airport is really nice. Cool, quite modern and not as busy as our UK airports. Just outside the airport there is a line of taxis, which if you read other travel sites, are the big taxis. These guys will haggle a price with you to get to the city. To be honest, taxis are way cheaper than what we pay in the UK so we were not to fussed on haggling and just wanted to get to our ... read more
Riad Carina
Riad Carina
Our Bed


The end of our drive into Marrakech was absolutely beautiful. We even stopped in a beautiful Berber village and we met an old man that gave me a beautiful necklace as a gift. We also bought some mineral rocks from him. It was a great end to our journey through the mountains and desert. Arriving in Marrakech it was busy. Luckily our new friend and driver Mustasa called the hotel and the manager came to meet us outside in the Medina so we would not get lost. We checked in and relaxed for a little before heading out to the market and for dinner. The market here is huge and we made our way to the famous Jemaa el Fna square that overlooks the big mosque. I however was slightly disappointed by Marrakech. There are so ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech April 22nd 2014

I tried hard to truly like it, to fall head over heels for its seductive offerings of bustling medinas, evocative kasbahs, soaring mountains, Saharan landscape and bustling people. I wanted to be blown away by it but it never quite got there for me; like a B list celebrity clambering out of a taxi without underwear and legs akimbo she tried hard to flash me her wares, but ultimately it lacked the appeal to hold my attention for too long. Admittedly I was negative to begin with, as I joined the hordes of people queuing up on the Easyjet and Ryanair style budget airline I realised what a mass tourism destination I was heading to, I have flown on many planes where I have been the only non native travelling, but scanning around these queues I ... read more
Man working in tannery-Fez
Marrakech main square by night
100m dune in Sahara, the dots at the top are people!




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