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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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May 17, 2017 - Marrakesh

Wednesday 17th May 2017, Marakesh Off to the Ourika valley. We are to have tea in a village house and enjoy the company of a family. We are shown village life and talk about the impact of change. There is a lot of complaining about the lazy younger Moroccan generation. Part of the problem seems to be little opportunity for productive employment. We are then taken to a herb garden and lunch after a foot bath. Why? Back to the hotel and we are left to our own devices.... I am crook so it is a afternoon sleep for me. The sights, sounds and...

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May 16, 2017 - Marakesh

Tuesday 16th May 2017, Marakesh Saw a garden, some tombs and a palace. Again too much history and culture to remember ever but wonderful to hear about it first hand in front of the actual things. Then after lunch we are left to our devices in the famous centre square of Marakesh. We are told it does not get to the famous frantic pace until about 8 or 9 pm. We will see it tomorrow night as we are toured out and managed just to sit in a cafe overlooking the square for about 2 hours. We head home bushed about 3pm, not before talking to some...

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Dec 1, 2016 - December already!

I can't believe it is December- Christmas is around the corner! Today we left Tamangoult and headed back to Marrakech. We stayed in a lovely kasbah 'kasbah Azul' - just what the doc ordered after the desert, sand etc. A good shower! Uneventful trip back to Marrakech- Said does a great job of driving. Went to market in Marrakech- lots of snakes charmers, monkeys on leashes, henna artists ...heading to Rabat tomorrow- side trip to Casablanca to see largest and only Mosque Westerners can visit. A demain...

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Nov 27, 2016 - Marrakech Days (and Night)

Morocco is living up to all my expectations despite 'YVR' weather! Our driver Said, an indigenous Bedouin is friendly and knowledgeable. Marrakech , the red city, is vibrant and quite prosperous. Visited palace, tombs and the highlight, Jardins Majorelle. Resurrected and reconstructed by Yves St. Laurent and his boyfriend, the display of global cacti was spectacular. Also in the gardens is the Berber Museum that was fascinating. The diversity amongst the many tribes is quite mind boggling- dress, jewelry etc wonderful dinner at Cafe Arabe...

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Nov 26, 2016 - Arrival in Marrakech

What an unexpected start to the trip! At 9.30 am Friday we found out that Lufthansa was on strike and our 1.30 pm flight had been cancelled...somehow Mike snagged the last 2 seats on AC at 6.30 pm...so...London, Madrid then Marrakech- 24 hours long ...arrived in Morocco tonight at 10.30 - to rain and very cool temperatures- go figure!! No worries...hurtling through space last night I pondered how incredibly advanced and lucky we are as a species. First day in Marrakech tomorrow with Said as our guide.

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