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... and they should mind their own business !
First bit of anger we have seen all week really.
The Ali Ben Youssef Medersa, next to the mosque is a very old Muslim theological college, opened in 14th Century. It used to house over 900 students in 132 small dormitory rooms and, so we were told, only one bathroom ! It was a stunningly beautiful building. The mosaics, carvings and delicate trellis work was overwhelming. ...
... sites are mosques that are not open to non-Muslims. In Marrakech (where I am trying to decide how to fill 2 days), over half the sites in my guidebook are either not open to the public or are not open to non-Muslims. Of the remaining, several are local parks and 1 is a former palace that was once the most beautiful in the world but has been completely stripped bare. ...
... H&M clothing). But we headed to the famous medina and after a short tour of the palace of the last Sultan (and his 4 official wives and 28 unofficial wives) and a museum which could be thoroughly viewed in under 15 minutes, we were let loose on the souks. We saw snake charmers, monkey dancers, sellers of all kinds of Moroccan goods (some nice, some very trinkety). We are all getting better at bargaining but it's still uncomfortable. It's hard not to buy when you are ...
... dump trucks. Regular traffic was light, occasionally we'd get stuck in clouds of dust behind a truck for a while. But they were good about signaling us when it was safe to pass.
It was a beautiful treeless route but frightening at times without guard rails and sheer drop next to us. It is well known as a dangerous road and we'd concur. It is smart to drive it in the daylight and take it slow. One ...
... food stalls, snake charmers, dancers, all after a quick dirham or twenty, all fleecing the tourists! Julia was henna'd hand and foot by a masked lady, then we sought a bar with a view of the Square. Fine if you drink cola or tea, but no wine, so back to the hotel. On the way sought out recommended restaurant at the end of a long and winding set of alleys only to discover it fully booked!
Nice cabby back to riad and late dinner.