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Travel Blogs from Marrakech
... large brown eyes. As kids, some of us were embarrassed for her when we stumbled across bare breasted tribal women hidden deep inside the glossy pages of National Geographic. Others slightly resented her with millions of starving children. We sat alone at the dinner table, chastised, long after the plates had cleared, chewing on fatty chunks of meat floating in cold irish stew. We have been in Africa for two ...
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 ...
... to Menara Gardens - unimpressive really, just a large and somewhat rundown olive grove - then back to the Riad where Julia awaits her 'hamam'! Hamam was great, tiled walls oozing heat, masses of hot water poured liberally over body between scrubs and applications of henna and other aromatics. Finish feeling incredibly clean and glowing.
Snooze for me, hamam for Julia, then off to the Square - J'mem AL Hama. Drummers, orange juice ...
We waited till a seat was free- as our french was limited and we knew no moroccan- we choose to watch what others did and we were handed bread, salsa & aubergine dip. We pointed to a dish of battered fish & asked for une frites- nice food. We discovered the Moroccan way is to eat, then pay everywhere we went.
After dinner we walked around the entertainment. I was grabbed on my arm ...
... that royalty still stays there occasionally when in town. They are clearly less picky about their homes than the Queen. Then it was back to Djemaa el Fna, at the insistence of the boys who really love it there. On the way we walked through the spice souk, which contains by far the most aggressive salesmen we have come across. They really get in your face about trying out their spices. A few firm “La shokrans” saw us through safely ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet