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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 ...
... has air conditioning, so he got the prices for me. Marrakech to Meknes is a nearly 7-hour train ride, so I had to go with 1st Class; I just couldn't see sweltering for seven hours.
He also made an appointment for us at a spa for messages. We both woke up with migraines. Sigh. We both took Imitrex. Our appointment was for 1 pm, so we relaxed until then. Fortunately, Hunter's migraine went away. Mine improved quite a bit after I laid down for awhile.
... the sights as we drove by. He dropped us off on a side street in the Medina where our Riad host was waiting. He took us through the tiny, quiet streets showing us "landmarks" (the black restaurant sign, the two olive trees) to help us remember our way through the maze of roads.
We made it inside Riad, and it was just beautiful. The weather was nice, and this was reflected in the coolness of the Riad. We went to the courtyard and sat down. We were ...
... them each time. The melismatic prayers added the touch in being in a predominantly Muslim country.
We got to see a lot of Marrakech, we went to a nice museum, we went at night to the big Jemaa el fna square. It's quite interesting there, people break out into dances, you see juggling, Henna stands, a lot of food and fresh squeezed orange juice. We went to decent restaurants during the day. But nothing like the freshly made dinner we received ...