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November 15th 2014
Published: November 16th 2014
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BARCELONA. 14.11.14. Overcast

Today the weather turned overcast and cooler.

Walked back along the Ramblas to the port. Found where the super yachts dock. Some amazing vessels. The wealth in this part of the world must be extraordinary, someof the vessels must have been 200-400 feet in length and 3-4 levels of super structure.

From the port we wandered back to the mercado for two Estrella Damme beers and then a glass of wine with spicy hot potatoes with cheese sauce served in mini frypans, hot and tasty. Didn't appreciate that it would be our last meal for 24hrs!!

Then we returned to the hotel, collected our bags and took the airport bus. The BCN airport is huge, with good shopping. HOWEVER, once you have checked in, made your way through customs, you are on the opposite side to the shopping. NO SHOPS at all on the departure side. We had three hours of waiting!! Mem was very disappointed.

Our flight to CASABLANCA, MOROCCO, left punctually on Royal Air Maroc, alcohol free. After landing we made our way to domestic for our onward flight to Marrakech. The flight was delayed 1.5 hours, so we left after three hours in a very strange departure area. 50+ border guards/ police must have wandered through during our wait, greeting each other with hugs and kisses. It had started to rain and we discovered our bags were resting in it!

Arrived in Marrakech at about Midnight, 1 am BCN time, 11 hours after departing the BCN hotel!!! The Riad we are staying at is in the old town, near the central square. Luckily we were met at the airport as we wouldn't have found it on our own, as it was down a myriad of vehicle free lane ways and very dark. The room and building is interesting, very narrow steps leading up three flights. The tile work is very exotic.

MARRAKECH, 15 October, 2014. Cool and overcast

After breakfast we walked a short distance to the central square in the Medina ( old town) which contains the Souk, a maze of laneways traversed by donkey carts, humans, motorcycles and bicycles. Initially the souk sold all variety of tourist tac, but as we lost ourselves deeper into it, we found better looking tourist products of lamp fittings, mirrors, tiles, leather goods, etc. it was exotic, but a culture shock, and somewhat overwhelming on little sleep and food.

Not sure where we will eat as the cafes look decidedly unappealing. Again no alcohol to kill the germs!!

Surprisingly had a delicious meal at Le Tagine, a very french moroccan fancy restaurant on the extremity of the Medina. Ate a meal of Grilled vegetables and couscous, a chicken and preserved lemon Tagine, casablanca beer and red wine. A very authentic and delicious meal in an exotic atmosphere. Expensive though, more than any in Europe. Back to basics tomorrow.


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