Douar Sidi Youssef Ben Ali

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  • Day1

    Day 1: Gatwick to Marrakesh

    November 28, 2018 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    For many years Morocco has been an attraction for me, with it being the nearest country outside Europe to Britain. Lying just a handful of miles across from Spain, its dominant Muslim culture contrasts dramatically with those of our own continent. There are now two official languages, Arabic and Berber, while as a legacy of Colonial times, French is spoken quite widely. Its rich history going back at least to Roman times, relative stability compared with much of the Middle East, and its pleasant climate make it difficult not to like. Needless to say, my passport has a healthy helping of Moroccan stamps!

    Easyjet runs two daily flights to Marrakesh and in late November, at the bargain return rate of less than £100. This passes without incident and after the first of several differences of opinion with taxi drivers, I am indoors in the Ville Nouvelle by 10 p.m.-ish.

    Some landfalls are good but this isn't one of them. Night-time arrivals often have a frisson about them. My body clock hasn't quite adjusted to the one hour time difference and I lie awake while somebody who seems to have forgotten their room number tries to get into my room. A mosquito however succeeds in doing so and it's only after some handclaps worthy of a Gospel choir that it becomes an ex-mosquito. Oh well, it's not as bad a landfall as one I once made when after landing at Casablanca, I decided to take the 4 hour bus to Marrakesh, where a "faux guide" led me to a dodgy hotel in the "medina" (ancient quarter of the city) and fed me to the bedbugs. Things will get better; I can look forward to a room with a view, come morning.
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  • Day2

    Souks Marrakesch

    October 23, 2016 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Während die Kinder in unserem Riad am Morgen durch das Haus toben, als wären sie die einzigen Gäste, laufen Uli und ich durch die Gassen des Souks von Marrakesch. Wie angenehm leer noch am Morgen und so bin ich überwältigt und immer überwältigter von all den Farben - an jeder Ecke glänzt und funkelt es , wunderschöne Stoffe, herrliches Kunsthandwerk , freundliche Leute - tatsächlich versuchen sie natürlich mit süßem Tee und mir leider unverständlichen freundlich klingenden französischen Worten zu locken, sind aber nie misslaunig, wenn man dankend ablehnt - das dann halt recht häufig. Bis man - Frau - irgendwann der Versuchung erliegt - hoffentlich erst, nachdem man gemütlich den ganzen großen, wunderbaren Souk erforscht hat. Das ist mir fast gelungen ;-) ungefähr nach 10 min und 50 m Souk hatte Uli 10 wunderschöne, glitzernde, leuchtende, strahlende - Taschen auf seinem Rücken!!! Mein Widerstand war gebrochen. Das war ein kurzer Marktbesuch - schließlich habe ich ja Mutter und Schwester, und es finden sich bestimmt noch einige, die eine solche wunderschöne Tasche haben möchten ;-) wie ich die ins Flugzeug bekomme, weiß ich noch heute nicht;-)Read more

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