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Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
We walked. It was hot.
Lunch at (name coming) on way to Jardin Majorelle. I was dying for some iced tea. Of course, there was nothing like that on the menu. I saw someone at a table with a glass of ice, and it occurred to me that I could make my own.
We ordered Salade Variee and The Noir with glasses of ice. The server looked at us with confusion, "Verres? Avec glacons?" Oui. He went over to make the tea, which was right in front of where ...
... was beautiful, but even better was the amazing floral scent coming from the flowering trees. Hunter had a Berber tagine, and I had a chicken tangia. We also had Moroccan pastries and mint tea for dessert. It was all quite delicious with beautiful surroundings.
Tonight is the last night of Ramadan here in Morocco. It is one reason why we are going on our day trip tomorrow (everything will be closed for Eid).
For all my Muslim friends: Eid Mubarak!
... to eat. The teas were so refreshing. The tagines were pretty good. It's an upscale place, targeted to tourists--that's all that was in there. I'm ready for something a little more authentic next time, though.
After we ate we continued down the one street to the end. The streets were much more lively than this morning with people on bikes and motorcycles, pedestrians, and people selling all kinds of things. We turned around and then made our way back to ...
... 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 ...