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Jan 25, 2018 - Marrakesh

Day 11 - Thursday 25th January Calamity strikes today! After taking the opportunity to give Elsie her first wash since leaving home we set off to Marrakesh, bypassing Casablanca, been there 24 years ago & don’t really want to see it again. We were avoiding the autoroute again & taking the slow, very slow at times, alternative road South. That is until disaster struck & we ran out of data on my phone. Without our normal SatNav Viv has been doing the navigating using Google Maps on my phone. Once we lost the Internet we were left with just...

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Oct 28, 2016 - Marrakesh

Our drive to Marrakesh was both interesting and long. We drove through scenic countryside through the High Atlas Mts. We saw peach, olive, pomegranate, nectarine, apricot trees and grape vines. We saw donkeys tied to poles or tethered nd knew there must be a weekly market nearby. Weekly markets are huge as people come from the district to sell their produce and others to buy. We stopped at Ifram called Little Switzerland by Maroccans. We were greeted by beautiiful gardens and European-looking buildings. Coffee was great. Our second stop was...

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Oct 28, 2016 - Marrakesh #2

Today it was 9a when we boarded the bus and drove back to the Medina's square. We first met our city guide in local dress-a long white robe by the mosque to learn about the 12th century mosque built on the remains of a 2nd hand book store. Next to it a liberal (they let there women ride horses!) thinking moslem sect's mosque that had burned. Next it was a walk through the medina not yet fully open to a 'spice' market....natural food store??...We sat through a spiel about various spices and herbs and their uses. Some bought. From here it...

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Oct 21, 2016 - Marrakesh 2

21 October: Happy Birthday Jen! What a place to spend a birthday - thanks all for the messages. We started the day with a visit to the Bahia Palace. We've decided we could live there quite easily - 8 hectares of land and 150 rooms. It is a walled traditional design and the internal courtyard gardens were cool and beautiful. Mosaics, carved archways and painted ceilings everywhere. We then free time for the rest of the day. We headed to the souq in the Medina which is much easier to navigate than the Fes one and of course, a little more...

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Oct 20, 2016 - Marrakesh

20 October: Well we had another fabulous day. We crossed the High Atlas mountains - the road was windy but we have a great driver and no-one was even uncomfortable. The scenery was magnificent and we arrived to yet another luxurious hotel in Marrakesh. This afternoon's outing was to a high-end silver jewellery gallery (John - don't read any further!). We thought the prices reasonable and it was a pleasant change to be able to view without the pressure from the persistent street vendors. Let's just say some small purchases were made. A quick...

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Sep 23, 2016 - Souk Cooking Class and Hammam

We started the day with the usual breakfast but decided to have it served in our sitting room. Perhaps a poor decision as the table is low (about 5" off the ground) and the chairs are low--but not that low--so it was a lot of bending to eat. We managed and then walked back to the square to meet our Souk Cooking school guide. We met up with a whole lot more people than we expected, and there was a bit of concern about how it would be handled in the market (already crowded and a bit chaotic) but they divided us into 2 smaller groups, gave...

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Sep 22, 2016 - Majorelle Gardens the souk and Jamaa el Fna Square

We journeyed out of the medina today to villa nouvelle (new city, everything outside of the medina (old city) is considered new and since the old city was established in the 10th century, I guess they have a point. Our destination was Jardin Majorelle established in the 1920's by Jaqques Majorelle. He worked on it for 40 some years. The gardens opened to the public in 1955 but subsequently fell in to disrepair. It was purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and a partner, Pierre Berge in 1980 to preserve the vision of Majorelle and keep it open to...

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Sep 20, 2016 - Wouldn't you know we are riding the Marrakesh Express* (well, maybe not) apologies to Crosby, Stills and Nash

We left our beautiful, serene garden guest house for one of the best known Morocco cities-Marrakesh. Unfortunately we learned on our drive that our driver Mohammed may not be continuing with us after this stop as his sister is seriously ill and his mother needs his assistance. Since he is the only son out of 5 children, it is duty to return home and help out (even though the sister has a husband). We will not know for sure until Friday if he will return or we will have another driver for the rest of our tour. On to more fun! On this drive...

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Nov 22, 2011 - Departing Tunis for Frankfurt

I was up early to get to the airport in plenty of time. The taxi driver charged me approximately $8.00. (Remember the $20.00 - from the airport!) The flight was uneventful and when I arrived in Frankfurt I took the train to the "Hauptbahnhof" and my hotel was only 2 short blocks away. It was much colder than Tunis and I was the only person wearing shirtsleeves only. The hotel is great; it is small be everything is clean and everything works as it is supposed to do, a nice change from the unfinished and broken rooms in Morocco and Tunisia!...

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Nov 20, 2011 - Sunday in Tunis

After a restless night I decided I still want to see more of Tunis. Next to the hotel there is soccer field and I could watch a match from my window. Went downstairs and sat in the hotel garden and watched with all the other enthusiastic fans - lot of yelling! Later I went through the Medina and was escorted by someone who wants to be my friend! They always have a "brother" or a "friend" so we end up in some shop where they want you to buy some of their wares. That is fair enough but when you don't buy anything then suddenly you are not his...

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Nov 19, 2011 - A day in Tunis

Had a great sleep - it is very nice room with everything including a bidèt - what a great idea - and it sure saves a lot of paper!!!! Spent the morning up-dating my journal {all for you!] the hotel staff is very accommodating and I am allowed to use a computer in the accounting office. I went out and had a tour of the city - it is very much like Casablanca of Marrakesh but it seems wealthier and the boulevards are very much what you find in a European city. I had dinner in a small restaurant in the Centre and then decided to take the...

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Nov 17, 2011 - Full day in Marrakesh

Got up at decent time even though here nothing really gets going till about 10.00. Had breakfast the Medina and heading for the stop of the city tour bus "the hop on and off" for 24 hours. It is a great way to see the cities and orientates oneself and it comes with recorded English description of the sights.

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