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10th August 2020

And missed this one too...
I just remembered that you commented on my photo of the mural of the old man, and it seems like such a long time ago! The world has changed so much in such a short time...
10th August 2020

Ait Benhaddou
I thought I had read all your blogs, but found that I'd missed this one! Oh to be back in Morocco right now... enjoying a mint tea and delicious almond cookie :)
10th August 2020

Ait Benhaddou
Thanks, RENanDREW, to date, Morocco is really at the top of my list for all-time favorite trips -- I still think about it all the time !! Like you, I loved the mint tea!
8th August 2020

Super day
Another memorable day. I love doing things like your cooking lesson - they really add an extra dimension to the experience of the holiday. Great goat shots.
8th August 2020

Super day
Thanks, Lesley! The facilities at the Lotus Chef Cooking School were excellent and everything was so well thought out that it made learning a real pleasure. Also, I now appreciate the use of glazed crockery tajines. Kudos go to our tour company & our guide, Larbi, for coming up with the great variety of experiences we enjoyed in Morocco.
6th August 2020

Morocco is a favorite
Morocco is still one of our favorites. The food, people and architecture are wonderful. Sounds like a great cooking class. The tea ceremonies are always great. We loved both cities and as you pointed out they have different personalities.
7th August 2020

Morocco is a favorite
Thanks for your nice comments, Merry Jo and Dave. I admit visiting Morocco went to the top of the list when it comes to my favorite places we've traveled to; and, Essaouira was definitely one city I wish we could have stayed in for several more days!
6th August 2020

Morocco is a favorite
Morocco is still one of our favorites. The food, people and architecture are wonderful. Sounds like a great cooking class. The tea ceremonies are always great. We loved both cities and as you pointed out they have different personalities.
6th August 2020

Morocco is a favorite
Morocco is still one of our favorites. The food, people and architecture are wonderful. Sounds like a great cooking class. The tea ceremonies are always great. We loved both cities and as you pointed out they have different personalities.
5th August 2020

A Change of Scenery
Marrakesh is obviously a full-on experience and Essaouira has always sounded lovely. Not only that, your journey between the two sounds full of interest as well. The cooking experience wouldn't have been any use to me apart from eating the results, but it all looks so colourful. Some great photos as always Sylvia, and I'm looking forward to your pictures and thoughts on Essaouira.
5th August 2020

A Change of Scenery
Thank you for your nice comment, Malcolm. Moving on from Marrakesh to Essaouira was a lovely transition in both geography and atmosphere. From what we could tell, life is much more relaxed here and who couldn't love being by the ocean. Haha, I'm not sure how much most of the men in our group liked the cooking class, but my husband did since he dabbles in cooking from time to time.
5th August 2020

A goat's eye view
Fascinating at any angle, great shot. I've seen them in other African countries and seeing is believing, but I still can't believe these hoofed creatures can negotiate to climb, hang about, climb down and look surprised at my surprise. My Denise would love the cooking classes.
5th August 2020

A goat's eye view
Hi Dave, thank you! It is incredible to see the tree climbing goats here; I think the same thing about Rocky Mountain "goats" and the places they climb to! It just doesn't seem real. I highly recommend the Lotus Chef Cooking School if you & Denise ever get back to Morocco! I really enjoyed it!
4th August 2020

A day of contrasts indeed
Great write up capturing the differences between the mayhem of Marrakesh and the relaxed atmosphere of Essaouira! I'm looking forward to reading more about your time in the latter as we only had a day trip here - and I was on crutches at the time so saw very little beyond the main square and nearest streets! That cookery class sounds excellent - have you tried reproducing the dishes since you returned home?
4th August 2020

A day of contrasts indeed
Hi Sarah, For me, this day of our trip definitely did highlight the contrast between busy Marrakesh and the slower pace of life in Essaouira. Actually I liked both, but since I was brought up in a coastal town, I always gravitate toward places near a large body of water. As far as Moroccan cooking, I don't have a tajine so haven't tried making the chicken dish (although it could be done in a slightly different way), but the cooked salads can be more easily replicated at home even without a tajine. It must have been disappointing to have been on crutches and have limited ability to do & see somethings in Essaouira. Even so, you probably saw the best of it. But, I think you deserve another trip to Morocco!! I'd love to return there for another visit, but like you, I also have a long list of new countries I want to see!
25th July 2020

Day Tripping
Another lovely blog, Sylvia 😊 I would probably have also taken up the offer of exploring somewhere new too. Lovely experiences, particularly in being hosted so warmly in a local Berber home. Ah, the hassle of local sellers certainly is one of my pet peeves in some countries, it sounds like you handled it well. I think I also dined once at the McDonald's next to the train station in Marrakesh, as I too was coming to the end of my Moroccan journey, and was yearning for some western treats. Take heart that the postcards may eventually arrive. My postcards I sent home from Syria and Senegal took more than six months to arrive, but they still made it in the end!
28th July 2020

Day Tripping
Hi Alex! Yes, I have to say that seeing how other people live their daily lives is interesting. As for the 'sellers' who followed us from place to place on their motor scooters, not only was it something I've never seen before, but the men were very aggressive to say the least! I'll keep my fingers crossed when it comes to the postcards but I think it has now been 9 months. Thanks for your nice comments as always!
25th July 2020

Detail
I don't think that you put too much detail in your blogs at all. I believe the descriptions paint a beautiful and engaging picture of your travels 😊
24th July 2020

Marvellous Marrakesh
What a lovely account of your first full day in Marrakesh, and it's just amazing how much you were able to pack in to the single day! Indeed, what a good job you'd had an early night the night before! It's very notable how much detail and intricacy you are able to observe and write about here, and what a lovely, sumptuous dining experience you had to top off the amazing day. Some may indeed call it "touristy", I would say go with the flow and enjoy every minute of it, as it seems you very much did! 😃
25th July 2020

Marvellous Marrakesh
Hello Alex, thanks for continuing to follow my blog. This particular day was very long because we opted for the special dinner excursion and it was worth it! I generally have a good memory for trip detail, and of course, looking back at photos fills in some gaps. Maybe I put too much detail in my blogs -- what do you think??
22nd July 2020

Beautiful Marrakesh
Ah, I remember Marrakesh - hectic, exotic and beautiful! I would have certainly done the same thing I think, enjoy an early night in and rest at your lovely hotel, ready for the following full day of explorations.
22nd July 2020

Beautiful Marrakesh
Hi Alex, thanks for your nice comment. Sometimes there are just not enough hours in a day! Afterwards I was glad that we made it an "early" evening and stayed at the hoteI. But usually I always want to stay up late to enjoy an especially good hotel, but I also want to get up early to have as much time as possible during the day to enjoy everything. The result is, I can't always have it both ways!! I fell asleep on the tour bus a few times, and I was too tired to keep a journal for the first week or so, LOL!!
18th July 2020

Aït Ben Haddou
Lovely to read about your visit to Aït Ben Haddou. It indeed looks very familiar from a number of films I've seen. What an interesting way of creating art there, the "sugar paintings"! I'm glad to read you made it eventually to Marrakesh. I look forward to reading about your time there 😊
18th July 2020

Aït Ben Haddou
Hi Alex, thanks for your visit to this blog! Visiting Aït Ben Haddou was a great experience, and one of many we had on this trip because each region of Morocco seems unique. The "sugar art" we bought here made for an excellent and inexpensive souvenir. There's so much to like about Morocco!

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