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... above hillsides swabbed with speckled grass and thorny bush; a towering soft tangerine dune with sensual lines sculpted by raging desert storms. She is the melodic call of a masked weaver during a streaky pink sunrise; the triumphant yip-yip-yip of a spotted hyena cheering on the night. Africa is horns, trunks, spotted fur, graceful bounders, ruthless carnivores and feathers of a thousand colours. Africa is ...
March 4th to 8th, 2014 On our return to Cape Town we easily slip into the rhythm. We head to the grungy but colourful Woodstock neighbourhood. We gather with the hip rainbow nation at the Old Biscuit Mill. Local designers sell a wide variety of fashion accessories and housewares including messenger bags made from recycled brown paper and chic bamboo framed sunglasses. This creative entrepreneurial spirit is helping to transform the quality of life for ...
... it back home. (I envision that the 2014 version of the English dictionary for Algerians will have the word listed as the word of the year....)
Anyway, after the truly wonderful meal, I called it a night, and Karem drove me back to my palatial pad at the La Maison Arabe.
The next morning, I met my guide for the day, Mustapha, and we set off for the Majorelle Gardens outside the medina walls. The Majorelle Gardens are a 12 acre botanical garden built in ...
... and not rediscovered until 1917. There are 66 tombs inside and another 100 in the gardens outside. For a very reasonable 10 dr it is worth the visit. Main sightseeing complete it was now time for some relaxation. Yes hamman time. As a couple we knew we weren't going to be able to find a traditional hamman for both of us as they separate the sexes. So spared from the shackles of "having to be authentic" I was no longer in for having my face mushed into a fat ...
The final two days in Marrakech have definitely been different to the first two and not for the better. We were picked up by our new Riad and after driving for about 10 minutes we then had to get out of the nice air conditioned car and walk through a series of alleys to the Riad. There we were greeted, if you can say that, by a man who only speaks French and has done so our entire visit. We were pointed to our room, bemused we ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service