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... class? Well this is what we had arranged the day we leave at the Amal Cooking School. This not-for-profit organisation takes women off the street and gives them valuable life and career skills. We learn to whip up a Tagine and are given the recipes. During our week in Morocco we had grown quite obsessed over Moroccan mayonnaise and are delighted to obtain a recipe for this too.
And this concludes my first visit to the African ...
After two nights in Zagora, we started our way back northwest and ended up again in the seeming middle of nowhere. Our accomodations, the Kasbah Air Ben Damietta, was a wonderful place, run by a French woman; so the cuisine de haute was French - steak!
We also stopped at the Atlas Movie Studio outside of, here comes that name again, Ouarzazate. Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, and Patton, among other, were filmed, at least in part, here.
... dinner was just about ready! Never one to turn down food (and a beer), I managed to catch my second or third or fifth wind and join my fellow travelers for the first of many fine feasts on this journey to Mystical Morocco.
Saturday, April 11
A full day of touring in and around the heart of Marrakech, the medina, ending up at the chaos called the night market!
... to be by Moroccan artisans, but the styles are all identical to the ones that may or may not be Chinese in the souks. We did have a quick lunch here, though, as the timing was perfect, and we could sit in the courtyard, enjoying a small sandwich and pomme frites. And some wonderful tea – mint and rosemary. That was the best part of the meal.
We then strolled around the souks again and the main square, trying to avoid the snake ...
We ended the visit by wandering back across Jemaa el Fna past fortune tellers, a snake charmer who tried to get me to hold a cobra (uh NO), and some guy who had a display of teeth in front of him apparently to show that he was a very experienced tooth extractor.
Karem drove me back to my little slice of heaven, I said good-bye to my less than professional guide, and told Karem I would not need the car the rest of the day. I planned to spend a couple ...