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Marrakesh Trip Overview

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Just reflecting on our trip to Marrakesh over the last few days and thought I would write about my overall view of the city. On our first day of exploring the city I noticed that it was almost like going back in time, the constant throng of people making there way through the narrow streets busy going about there business, lots of what we call in modern times fast food restaurants, but the similarity stops at the name these fast food places consist no more than a very small shop at best and at worse a couple planks of wood suspended on two trestles with just a charcoal burner, selling there food to the the busy local people. Along with the food sellers there were all sorts of other trades going on, wood turning (by hand no machinery) really beautiful Moroccan lamps being made from any old bits of scrap tin, clothing, to butchers where the meat that they were selling in some circumstances look good and in others not very appetising at all, where there would be some sheep’s heads along with a tray of their brains and intestines, the streets where we saw all this going on were not for the tourists (as we were some 15min walk away from the main tourist spots) it was Moroccan every day life it was as though the whole place was stuck in a time warp from medieval times. To visit Marrakesh would not be everybody’s cup of tea some would think of it as “filthy dirty disgusting place” as I read in one review of the city, but as I and my other intrepid travellers Marianne (my wife) and Jackie, (our life long friend) we found it a really fascinating place, the people the culture everything about it was magical, and if anyone reading is apprehensive about visiting cities like this give it a try, the streets are safe, we walked what must have been miles around the streets during the day and the night and never had a problem, just one tip though if any off the locals want to show you the way to any of the tourist attractions politely decline and go with your nose or preferably a map as they will drive you mad and want money at the end of it.

Must do’s in Marrakesh are the main square Jamaa El Fna which during the day hosts many fresh fruit drink sellers and various other stalls with people selling herbal remedies etc, in the afternoon the street entertainers come out, snake charmers, acrobats, and anything else the locals think the tourist would like, some quite bizarre like teeth pullers along with an array of teeth on display to show his work, but the square comes alive at night with the many street entertainers, stalls selling various Moroccan dishes (a must try) with many restaurants around the square which have high veranda’s where you can see spectacular views of the square in full flow at night (see my photo’s on Flickr)

Other sites to visit are the Gardens Majorelle which are a nice refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of the Medina, although they were a lot smaller than we imagined and the website portrays.

Also visit the Bahia Palace within the Medina where some really good local architecture can be found also the
Marrakesh Museum which unfortunately we did not get to see, also take a trip to the new city just outside the city walls where you will find modern shops french influenced cafe bars, another world from inside the city walls.

So as you can see we had a great time in Marrakesh a real must city to visit, so for all you less adventurous people bite the bullet and give it a go, and stay in one of the big hotel chains outside the city walls and visit the Medina on an organised trip, and for those who are more adventurous stay in a Riad which are really beautiful very Moroccan and a real tranquil places, within the city the wall’s and experience life Moroccan style.

So anyone thinking of visiting Marrakesh do not hesitate to contact me for anymore advise.

Stay safe and keep following

Marrakech Day 3

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Finally found Wifi and alcohol in a hotel outside the city walls. so was able to post blog.  Just had a day meandering through the endless streets in the souks where sellers ply there various ware’s a real hive of activity, and now I have a cold beer and girls are having there wine sitting in a Hotel in the new city in the Chesterfield bar by the pool, as Wifi is almost non existent will post the many photos on flickr on our return.

Marrakech Day 2

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Woke up bright and early this morning, and had our breakfast on the roof terrace which was fruit, pancakes,various jam’s all washed down with coffee and mint tea. Then it was off to Jemaa-el-fna square which is the one featured in the TV program Jamie Oliver in Marrakech, the square has many restaurants surrounding it and various stalls selling fruit, figs & dates also various spices a real hive of activity, but the square really comes alive at night so more details later. After a rest back at the Riad it was back to the square for the nightly festivities the whole place comes alive at night with street entertainers, food stall’s selling everything from sheep’s heads to snails, along with lots more edible cuisine in-between it was truly an amazing spectacle. But we still have not found any alcohol so it been a dry couple of days

Marrakech Day 1

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We arrived safely in Marrakech flight was uneventful, we were duly picked up by our driver as arranged then endured the journey to the Riad, traffic was horrendous Marrkesh is circled by a wall of some 19 km where all the traffic appears to circle the outside. We arrived at the Riad which was down a very small side street, and entered through a very large wooden door, once inside it was very quite and away from the bustle of the streets outside, it was really serene and quite place with what you would expect typical Moroccan decor, beautiful. We were then shown to our room which was everything we expected, but, (there is always a but) our worse nightmare were realised (we thought this may have been the case as from the Riad photo’s) the on suite toilet and shower had no door just an arch without a curtain we all fell about laughing, our trips just get better and better, and our friendship has just reached a new level. As we arrived about 7pm we had arranged dinner at the Riad which we had on the roof terrace under a very nice pergola, the meal consisted of an aubergine appetiser with Moroccan spices, it looked like minced meat it was delicious. Then the main meal arrived which was a large dish of various vegetable’s, lamb, chicken, potatoes absolutely cooked to perfection, then followed by a fresh fruit salad. Just superb finished off by coffee. It was then of to bed as no doubt a full day will be had tomorrow.