Hotel Riad Villa Damonte
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... they actually were. A raised stone circle in the centre of the tower concealed a deep hollow core which acted like a rudimentary speaker, amplifying the sound of the booming cannons. When a suggestion was made about the history we had been taught about the fraught past between the Moroccan and Portuguese civilisations, we were given the Moroccan side of the story - very different to that of the Portuguese tour guide!
After a brief taste of the local peanut brittle, one ...
... would give them some money and the children gifts. About half an hour out of Ifrane we pulled of the road and stopped by a rocky hill, and saw a small settlement of low, long dugouts with dry stone walls covered in material and plastic. There were stables housing kids and lambs and rock fences corralling yards. There were two living rooms and a cooking shelter, in which a small clay oven quickly baked us some delicious flat loaves. The main living area was lined with ...
... back to Marrakech around 7, tired and ready for a glass of wine. The staff at the riad were just delightful and no sooner was the wish made but it was granted. I'd bought strawberries in the market so we had wine, strawberries, dates, apricots and nuts for dinner on the terrace with a couple of other guests and the staffYoussef and Samu (whose job it seemed was to make sure we were treated like princesses as the riad's name suggests).
... sick for a few days afterwards. Illness, especially sickness always makes you feel grumpy and so my tolerance is somewhat lower than normal.
We both do like this place, and would come back for maybe a week if we wanted a cheap holiday, but only so that we could stock up on cheap clothing and funky wooden ornaments.
Anyway, our next step is to the desert, which we are looking forward to. Firstly however is the 15 hour coach ride to get there!
Will update you when we can. :)
... Gnawa festival. A fusion of African beats and modern sounds. We made sure we stopped in and picked up a handful of new CD’s. Tim also purchased some basics for the planned fancy dress party, making sure they could be used again. A long sleeved, light coloured, local style shirt (bargained down from 30 to 10 Euro) and a pair of local slippers...both to complement one of my sarongs around his head as Ali Baba.
We wandered back out to the ...