La Mamounia Marrakech
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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 ...
We had breakfast at the Riad at around 9 am. It was quite good with different breads/pastries, fresh orange juice, grapes, figs, a plum, English breakfast tea, fig and apricot jams, butter, and pancakes. There was also yogurt and cheese, but we didn't eat that--no more dairy for us.
Our host asked if I wanted him to get our train tickets for the 31st. He said because of Ramadan, the tickets might go quickly. So, of course, I said yes. I found out that only ...
... karaoke. Needless to say, we didn't last long at the bar... But we did end up finding a nice restaurant to have some traditional Moroccan food including one of my favorites, Harira soup. After a good night's sleep, we woke up in the morning to pursue a supposedly "legendary" pastry called chnek, which turned out to be a pretty average cinnamon raisin croissant.
We couldn't leave Ouarzazate without taking a tour of the famous Atlas Studios, so that was next ...
... here are ochre in color (it’s a law here – a bit like our heritage overlays) and nothing, besides the main minaret, is over 3 stories high. The landscape as we got closer to town was very flat and a bit scrubby, however within Marrakesh there are palm trees, bougainvilleas and roses everywhere. It all looks so exotic.
The town is currently preparing for a motor race over ...