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Published: November 16th 2014
MARRAKECH, 16.10.14. Overcast
Walked to the train station to purchase tickets to Casablanca. Left the Medina and walked through the newer parts of town. More appealing than the Medina, wider streets, less toilet odours, and generally less slop on the walkways. However the new town is less atmospheric, but having now stayed in a Medina, near a Souk, the best idea seems to be a hotel, not a Riad ( private small hotel/ guesthouse) near the Medina gate. Having said that we see no reason to return!
The buildings in the new town are mostly of an ochre colour, low level, often surrounded by walls, some covered with beautiful vines and bougainvillea. The flowers against the ochre were appealing.
The train station appeared to be new and looked impressive. We board tomorrow at 10.45.
Leaving the train station we walked to Le Jardin Majorelle, most recently owned by the late Yves St Laurent, who acquired it in the 80s in a run down state. The gardens were impressive, bamboo forrest, cacti of immense proportions set against his famed blue colours. The grounds contain a museum of his collections of Berber jewellery, weapons and clothing. Very interesting, in
an appealing setting.
Wandered back to our Riad in a lane way just off Place Jemaa El Fna, the main square of the Medina, which yesterday evening was full of all types of shopping stalls selling fruits, juices, tourist tac, belly dancers, wandering minstrels, monkeys on leads, snake charmers and motor scooters.
There were many crappy streets and odorous smells on route!
Its difficult to describe my feelings of Marrakech, it certainly seems to be life in the raw, a mixture of exotic and CRAP, the locals don't appear to be very friendly, possibly the strong french influence, and the Riad, whilst the feeling his exotic, it is somewhat frustrating with things not working well, maybe a reflection of the mediocre manager/owner.
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