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Nov 2, 2018 - Westward Ho - Azores and Bermuda

OCTOBER 22: Our Moroccan venture over we are now on one of those wasted travel days. While it is nice to have been able to sleep in and have a leisurely breakfast we must wait for our noon pickup. Oh well, \time to post the final Morocco blog. Our flight back to Lisbon is at 4:30 pm and we have managed to move things between suitcases to be within the weight allowances. We can all hardly wait to get on the ship unpack for the next 13 days and actually find out what we brought with us …and do some laundry! I am able to post the last Moroccan...

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Oct 22, 2018 - Tagine anyone and a much nicer side of Casablanca

OCTOBER 19th - Today starts out as a beautiful blue-sky day. We have a morning of trinkets shopping, yes, some trash mixed in, and then a Cooking class. I can hardly wait for the latter. Colin, hearing the word ‘shopping’ as opted to stay back at the hotel and later on emails a picture of his burger and fries poolside. The first shop is not great a giant Walmart, but without the quality. And of course, as happens in these places they follow you around pointing out things you have no interest in … just trying to get you to buy anything....

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Oct 20, 2018 - Marrakesh Express

OCTOBER 18th - Our hotel is very nice with a lovely pool area, hopefully we will be able to squeeze some time in for it. Our first impressions of Marrakesh are very positive. It is vibrant, modern and clean. The king is in town so that all you see down every boulevard is the colourful Moroccan flag. It is so much nicer than what we experienced in the city of Casablanca. Slightly smaller at 1.2 million people, the town of tourism for sure. Don’t get me wrong we will certainly see the poorer sections on our visit, particularly the Medina and...

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Jan 18, 2018 - Morocco field notes

Morocco is surprisingly clean. I was expecting markets to be like those in India: A crush of people, open sewage, stray animals, and loads of trash. While busy with people and cats, markets and attractions were quite orderly. Only the mountain trail had noticeable litter, probably from tourists. Cats seem to have been imported to Morocco specifically to help control mice and rats. They are everywhere. Many of the women in our group adore cats and would photograph them as often as possible. Most public toilets were pay, with an attendant. I...

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Second Time Around

Jan 17, 2018 - Tile and other fatigue

Our public bus ride to Marrakech was routine until roughly 2 kilometres from the end of the ride. We'd been riding for about 3-1/2 hours when we hit city traffic. Our speed dropped to walking pace as Moroccan vehicles of all descriptions treated road rules as irritating suggestions. Our driver (OD) was narrowly cut off by a Mercedes Man (MM). OD laid on the horn. MM stopped in the middle of a crosswalk, blocking the bus, and jumped out of his car to exchange heated words with OD, nevermind the dozens of cars blocked by the bus in an...

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Oct 21, 2017 - Dear Mum, A Letter From Morocco

Dear Mum & Dad, You know that feeling you get when you go hot then cold again really quickly? I feel it often when I stumble then catch myself before I fall. Well……we felt that feeling leaving Portugal when we nearly missed our flight to Morocco. And how did you do that? I hear you asking….. Well, given we had a morning flight we got to the airport with ample time to check in and have a relaxed breakfast. Given that we both think with our stomachs we arrived at the airport, lined up to drop our bags off before bag drop had even opened,...

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Oct 13, 2017 - A day in Marrakech

I think this was our first real "relaxed start" day--the tour itinerary listed 4 relaxed start days (without defining that) but Abdulwahab didn't get the memo, apparently. Anyway, nice to have an extra half hour in the morning. After breakfast, we boarded the bus with a local guide for a short drive to the Koutoubis Mosque. Construction on the Koutoubia Mosque began shortly after the Almohad conquest of Marrakesh, around 1150. Built on the site of an 11th-century mosque, it was completed during the reign of Sultan Yacoub el Mansour...

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Oct 12, 2017 - Marrakech Express....the all day one.....

After a nice buffet breakfast, we left the hotel at 8:00. Shortly after leaving, we stopped for a photo moment at the Ouarzazate (war-za-zot) movie sets. Many famous movies have been filmed here: The town is chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. Ouarzazate is an important holiday destination in Morocco, as a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World...

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Oct 10, 2017 - Tuesday Oct. 10 Marrakech

Today we explore Marrakech, which was founded in 1062 by the Almoravid Berbers from the Sahara area. This morning we went to Jardin Majorelle, the garden creation of French painter Jacques Majorelle who spent 40 years injecting his passion and creativity into this magical garden. It is filled with enchanting little lanes, magical trees and over 300 species of stunning plants and tranquil streams. The house was later bought by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Berge. A new museum about them opens here next week. The studio has been converted...

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Oct 9, 2017 - Oct. 9 Monday: Back to Marrakech

Oct. 9, Monday Drive to Marrakech This morning we got up early. I posted my blog, and we photographed again. We did not find as much of interest as we did the morning before, but we practiced some motion techniques, and I collected imagery for a collage. We had breakfast at the hotel and packed up to head back to Marrakech and to meet the rest of our group. We will again stay at the Mövenpick Hotel, on Mansour Eddahbi & Palais des Congrès in Marrakech. The hotel is only a year old and very fancy. We jumped on the bus at 10:15 and headed to...

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Jun 23, 2017 - Marrakech, Morocco

June 23-24: Marrakech Accommodation: Riad Nesma-located at edge of medina; typical 3 story center courtyard; roof top pool and eating area, but too hot to enjoy; perhaps 20 rooms; ours large enough for queen sized bed, single bed to put bags on and small bath. Clean and functional. Friday, 23rd. Lovely breakfast this morning--crepes, fig jam, goat cheese, omelet, skinned and herbed fresh tomatoes; and figs and plums picked earlier on the grounds. Toured the beautiful terraced garden before departing: roses; lavender; succulents; fig,...

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May 19, 2017 - Ouarzazate and Marrakech

Copy and paste this link to see photos https://goo.gl/photos/7ygmP6uZ17Lhgmqf7 Tuesday 16th May This morning we left Tinehir on what was to be the hottest day of our tour. It hit 48° this afternoon and it was really unbearable. When we arrived at Ouarzazate it dropped to 42, but no way could we get comfy even with the air con struggling to get below 36°. Only low amp electrics here. Very plain site with only the basics. Jade had a brainwave. Get our loungers into the shade between our two motorhomes, wet our beach towels thoroughly so we...

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