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October 1st 2010
Published: October 6th 2010
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We are now on our way to Marrakech, probably the most famous of Moroccan cities and home to the famous Djmena el-Fna market square. We had spent 2 lovely days in Essaouira. Our accommodation was a lovely Riad - a traditional old Moroccan style home but very noisy due to the fact there is no ceiling in the centre of the hotel to separate the different levels so noise travels especially in the morning when one is trying to get some sleep! We went to a lovely seafood restaurant. With Essaouira being right on the coast, fresh seafood is plentiful. The restaurant was expensive but it was one of the girl’s birthday so it was worth it plus the entertainment live Gnoua music. Gnoua music originated some middle Africa and was brought to Morocco from Sudan but now is sung in Arabic. It was really cool and afterwards they played some merengue (Bill and I couldn’t resist and got up for a dance) then some clubbing music afterwards. Back at the hotel I had some shisha with the girls 😊

The next day we set out on a tour of the old medina with a local guide. Essaouira has overtaken Fez as my favourite Moroccan city. It was once a hippy hangout so the place still has a cool vibe the only bad thing is the thousands of tourist - the vibe would be a lot better with less tourist (says me the queen of the tourist lol) but yea I really love the place. We went to a local co-operative to finish the local tour and bought some silver jewellery. After that free time until the next day (which is today) so bill and I walked around and bough some stuff (a mirror for me with the traditional Moroccan doors and Bill bought a dagger). Afterwards we went to share a bottle of wine on top of a tapas bar overlooking the water. Then I had a massage which was AWESOME. The mountain hike really really hurt a lot of my leg muscles! We had dinner with most of the group that night at an Italian restaurant (a break from Tagine and Cous Cous was needed!) with HUGE glasses of wine! Today we started out posting a parcel back home (so expensive) and wandered around got some lunch then went to another restaurant with the intention of getting some wine. When the wine didn’t turn up and the throngs of old stuffy French customers got served we just said no and walked out. I got Henna on my hand at the hotel and then the group was on its way via local bus to Marrakech. The Henna dried as we were on the bus so I just scraped off the dry bits onto a piece of paper lol.

A bientôt


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