Riad Le Grand Large
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May 23, 2014 - PM
MARRAKECH to ESSAOUIRA By Bus (3 hrs)
Riad Thais, 360 dh, double including breakfast
Supratours Bus to the Beach
After dropping the rental car at Marrakech Airport Long-Term parking, we immediately caught the airport bus to the main train station.
Adjacent to the train station, and next to the Ibis Hotel, is the Supratours bus ...
... so ended up leaving the party early, I left them playing 21, Newmarket and Roxanne.
The next day was another free day so I went with Becci to one of the beach bars to soak up a bit of the sun. We drank lots of fresh juice while watching the camels on the beach and listening to some reggae tunes.
We headed back to meet the truck as we were off to another bush camp tonight. We headed to the edge of town and set ...
... in the house. It was hard to be around. And Anna, having cared devotedly for Liz was now coming down with some lurgy herself.
I was glad to get away from that riad and back out into the medina.
A small girl led me, Anna, Liz and Akila to the hammam for which we rewarded her a couple of dirhams. I'd experienced the hammam before, at Rissani on my previous trip to Morocco. This was similar but more crowded, a very basic stone floor to crouch down upon, buckets ...
... It only took ten minutes or so. I feel if I do this then I am making a positive contribution to making the beach a little nicer. I got some curious looks from some Moroccans but I hoped that I will have made a good impression by picking up rubbish!
Back at the camp site, I got ready for our next few days of bush camping. Shaving would be a challenge so ...
... musical instruments from different local tribal groups (Andalusian the best), jewellery, costumes, carpets, coins, weapons and a little more. There were great old photos at the turn of the 20th century, altho' to be honest, the town doesn't look that different now! There were also tablets explaining how carpenters used various shapes and symbols to decorate their work.
Leslie left at lunchtime and I walked with her to the bus ...