Riad Le Clos des Arts
Travel Blogs from Marrakech
... get on that vino sharon. I despair... Touch down! And it's thunderstorming....for like 10 mins of downpour. Met Lara who had to wait while my passport controller went for a cheeky slash and a mint tea, holding up the line for a good 30 mins. Shared a taxi to the place jemaa el fna, met a helpful young laddo who took us to the road....who also asked for a tip, ...
... It was lavishly decked out with Moroccan stylings, gold trimmings and the beautiful aromas of flowered incense filled the air. To really set this room above the rest there was a sitting area with an open roof. Like all Riads it had been built traditionally and despite what some might say as primitive, their age old techniques were fool proof in keeping the heat out. Our open air sitting room was a cool haven where we could enjoy the natural light. ...
... too. It wasn't long before the sun got hot and we came to more dessert like landscapes. It was a long day but we arrived in Marrakech mid-afternoon (minus one hub cap and plus one speeding fine!).
We found a secured car park at one of the entrances to the Medina and in broken French organised with the guardians to leave our van here for three nights. Well I think we did anyway. They have someone there to watch over ...
... kept away from that spring especially Nancy!
The road to Morocco is long and flat with nothing much to see, occasionally it gets a bit hilly. The roads aren't very good it, we're on a 2 lane road, that is very bumpy and makes for a rather rough ride. There are some mountains way off in the distance but lots of rocks and red clay as far as you can see. The occasional town will pop up that looks much like the last one. Many of the buildings ...
... to the hotel as they are not coming for dinner and I want to go back to 'Hotel Ali', as I'm meeting the others for dinner. A boy spots us as lost and offers to guide us to the taxi ranks, of course we will have to tip. He does get us out and we settle on a price with the driver.
Taxis are reasonably cheap and are an experience that must be tried. But you cannot afford to be a nervous passenger as it is like being in a go ...
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- Adjoining Rooms
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool