Riad Douceur Mandarine
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Travel Blogs from Marrakech
... get on that vino sharon. I despair... Touch down! And it's thunderstorming....for like 10 mins of downpour. Met Lara who had to wait while my passport controller went for a cheeky slash and a mint tea, holding up the line for a good 30 mins. Shared a taxi to the place jemaa el fna, met a helpful young laddo who took us to the road....who also asked for a tip, ...
... It was lavishly decked out with Moroccan stylings, gold trimmings and the beautiful aromas of flowered incense filled the air. To really set this room above the rest there was a sitting area with an open roof. Like all Riads it had been built traditionally and despite what some might say as primitive, their age old techniques were fool proof in keeping the heat out. Our open air sitting room was a cool haven where we could enjoy the natural light. ...
... too. It wasn't long before the sun got hot and we came to more dessert like landscapes. It was a long day but we arrived in Marrakech mid-afternoon (minus one hub cap and plus one speeding fine!).
We found a secured car park at one of the entrances to the Medina and in broken French organised with the guardians to leave our van here for three nights. Well I think we did anyway. They have someone there to watch over ...
... from our guide.
All too soon we were on our way to Marrakech, after a short diversion to look for dinosaur footprints near the village of Aghra (no success - the rocks where they can be found were covered in a thick layer of reddish soil and mud). The roads became better and faster, and the countryside was very much flatter. The Atlas Mountains receded into the distance behind us.
But Morocco had ...
... the right. This ended up being a 30 minutes mistake. Finally a nice man pointed me in the right direction when I rounded about and was 2 minutes away from the Medersa, Museum of Marrakesh, and Koubba Ba’adiyn. It was faster seeing all three sights than trying to get there. Afterwards, I did more getting lost in the medina by going into the different souqs- dyer’s, wool markets, and coppersmiths. I did notice that just being by ...
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