Dar Al Kounouz
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... very dark in the outdoor restaurant by this time so I can only guess what it might have been - they seemed to enjoy it. ( Lucia's had mushrooms in it though, I know that much )
We got back to the riad quickly and settled into bed. It is a big day tomorrow, trecking in the High Atlas ! Not really sure how much trecking as opposed to just looking at the mountains we will be doing - we will find out tomorrow
Toodle pip !
At dinner last night, this well traveled group was discussing that Morocco has been named (not sure by who) as the #1 travel destination in the world. Having been here for a week, we found this so surprising. Yes there are beautiful areas and yes, the medina shopping is a real experience and yes we all loved the camel ride in the Sahara. But in the cities the ...
... H&M clothing). But we headed to the famous medina and after a short tour of the palace of the last Sultan (and his 4 official wives and 28 unofficial wives) and a museum which could be thoroughly viewed in under 15 minutes, we were let loose on the souks. We saw snake charmers, monkey dancers, sellers of all kinds of Moroccan goods (some nice, some very trinkety). We are all getting better at bargaining but it's still uncomfortable. It's hard not to buy when you are ...
... pulling up next to the gate every twenty seconds, regurgitating swathes of tourists onto the pavement, we would have been hard pressed to get an impressive shot of it anyway. The gate itself is an ornate blue carved Goliath, with an impressive series of arches and flowers, flanked by two wide columns of the typical red stone, and towers over the pavement. However, due to its age, it is now beginning to fall into a state of disrepair, and is not as impressive as I'm sure it once ...
... later rebuilt by the Almohads. Evidence of the Almoravids exists at the end of the mosque’s prayer hall where there is an elaborately carved pulpit. It is believed to have been donated by the Almoravid sultan Ali ben Youssef. The Koutoubia Mosque, which is one of the largest in the world, has sixteen parallel, identical naves and a larger central nave. There are one-hundred twelve columns covering a floor area of 58,000 sq. ft. Although the Koutoubia Mosque is not ...