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May 1, 2014 - update - got my suite !!

After our beer the manager escorted me to my grand suite, so huge, its amazing. Everything you could ask for and more. They had picked up all my mess (left so quick this am) in room and moved it all to suite and neatly placed everthing for me. First thing I did was have a nice long hot shower, now enjoying the room. Too bad its alone and without you Michael. Now some reading, set my alarm correctly and restfor more walking tomorrow

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May 1, 2014 - Fes, Sefrou

Almost missed the bus, literally. I woke, checked the clock and saw 8:42am, bus leaving at 9 am. Our guide came looking for me couple of minutes later. Luckily showered night before, clothes were ready, and also lucky staying one more night at same hotel so was ready by nine. They had packaged up a breakfast on the run for me. I has set my alarm in error. We went to see town of Sefrou and 5 of us managed to get left behind (we has stopped to buy fruit) as the group were going through old medina on a market day. Yesterday in Fes we were told...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Fes Medina

Last night room was ok. Today I was supposed to be upgrated to a suite but now they say none avsilable, guess it was not meant to be. We spent the whole day touring the old 9th and part of the 14th century medina. Over 9,400 narrow alley ways, tiny streets, something you can touch walls on both sides at same time. Luckily none of us were run over by the donkeys running through there carrying supplies. We got to see camel and goat heads to buy, plus any other animal parts that you can imagine. Beautiful displays of fruits, spices,...

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Apr 29, 2014 - Meknes, Volubilis, Fes

Sorry about upside down picture. Today toured Volubilis, was oncs once Roman Imperial capital, distant outpost of the empire, sits on the edge of hill top. Picture attached shows far away in the background the town we slept in. Had meal at the riad, a chicked tagine with vegetables. Absolutely no liquer to be had in the holy town we stayed in last. I never learn, I got a bit of sun burn today. For the next 3 nights in Fes in this really old riad again. I was so happy cause my room was beautiful, then during dinner I was asked to please...

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Apr 28, 2014 - Cassablanca,Rabat

I am a day late in the emails cause could not get onto internet last night. Time to start the tour. First off the small bus holds 18 people including driver and guide so someone had to share front seat, since no one offered so I said sure, I always try to get front seat anyway. Lucky me between two men, sorry Michael. Will it help if I say they are ugly. First off to see the Hassan11 Mosque, 3rd largest in the world and it is the worlds tallest. Very impressive. Then off to see city of Rabat, saw lots of old ruins and many huge storks...

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Apr 27, 2014 - private tour to Azemmour and El-Jadida

Had a great personal tour along the coastline to El-Jadida, approx 100kms. Stopped at roadside butcher bought some beef which he ground into hamburger, then added a variety of spices, then through the meat grinder again. We brought this to next door open cafe to have it cooked on small charcoal grill. Then ate the meat with fastastic fresh bread from local baker. Also had a quick lesson in making and serving mint tea. Later toured the old medina (old walled city) with many narrow streets and then toured local open air souks for some...

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Apr 26, 2014 - arrived Casablanca city center

Lucky that my ride to the hotel was waiting for me. He was great and showed me some intesting sights. Checked into hotel in the city center, walking distance from the old port, Hassan II Mosque and best part is the old medina is right around the corner. Hotel manager is great, offered breakfast and now he arranged private tour for tomorrow to El Jadida along the southrn coast and few other areas I am interesting in seeing. Found small corner store and found big bottle of water for about 1.00 Walked around the old medina and met few...

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May 26, 2013 - Riding the Marrakech Express

After dinner and two G and T's (Suzz you're onto something) last night we hit bed early. Up early today to catch train to Casablanca. Arrived to take local trams (real modern system) to the hotel. Not much to report. Small group of twelve, travelling the Intrepid way, just above back pack, but comfortable. Group has Canadians, yanks, with the bulk being Aussies. All seem good companions. Tour guide is Spanish- fantastic accent. Hanging out for him to say bartholona. Casablanca, at a glance is not as exotic as it sounds. Essentially a large...

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May 25, 2013 - Casablanca

A most interesting & enjoyable day. I decided last night that I couldn’t waste a day in Casablanca so after breakfast I went to Reception & asked if they could put me onto someone who would show me around for a couple of hours. He just handed me a map & started pointing out places of interest & when I questioned whether it was safe to walk around by myself, he assured me that it was. I think yesterday when they escorted me to the shop over the road they were just being friendly & polite but I got the wrong impression. I wasn’t all that...

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

May 24, 2013 - London to Casablanca

Breakfast in London, lunch in Madrid & dinner in Casablanca – not a bad day? I set my alarm for 4:00am & everything went to plan. There was a bit of a mix up about my parking – they charged me for 3 nights instead of 2 so have agreed to waive the £2 a day charge for storing my suitcase which means I come out ahead. The taxi was waiting at 5:00am & I’m glad he was driving because this is a very complicated airport. We seemed to go around in circles but eventually arrived at Terminal 5 which appears to be an exclusively British Airways...

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

Sep 14, 2012 - Morocco

We are now in Casablanca ready to start our journey through Morocco. Casablanca is quite a dusty city full of crazy drivers and have discovered where old Mercedes end up after their used by date and that is as a taxi. We don't know any more at this stage and not sure whether we will have wi fi at other hotels on the wa. But if we do, we will do an update. So, wish us luck on this adventure.

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Jun 4, 2012 - Morocco

Morocco - what a fascinating, different, colourful and vibrant country of  60 million.  60% of Moroccan's are of Berber origin,  about 40% are Arab.  Most speak  Arabic, and French as a second language as well as Berber.  The currency is dirham, 8.5 to the US $.  In Arabic we say Salam alekum (hello) and shukran (thank you). We have just completed a 15 day Intrepid Travel trip starting in Casablanca, and travelling in a circle to Meknes, Fes, Midelt, Erg Chebbi desert dunes, Todra Gorge, Ait Benhaddou, Imlil, Essaouira and Marrakech.  There...

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