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... and people everywhere. The next morning we woke early and began our drive into the desert through the Atlas Mountains. These mountains are a strange and incredible landscape that were more stunning than the photos suggest. For lunch we stopped at a hotel and had lunch and a swim in the pool. After another few hours on the bus we walked the last half an hour through the desert to our camp set amongst the sand dunes of the Sahara. The tents were big ...
... go in to detail but suffice to say that as animal lovers we found it very confronting. The second night we were there we went to Jemma el Fna , the large square in the centre of the Old Medina. That, also was confronting with snake charmers, monkeys, and very sad donkeys & mules, let alone the magnitude of people that were there. Not for claustrophobic people like myself.
For those who are animal lovers we do have some good news stories.
Firstly, we were ...
... un-official looking office, but, hey. This is Africa. So tickets purchased and we were all set for a bus to Essaouira the next day. So we have basically been using Marrakech as a base. We headed out to Essarounia from here, and also we'd come back for an evening before the desert trip, and once again for just one night before we pop up to fes. Where we're staying is a lovely little Riad, right in the heart of the Medina. There's ...
... kindly paid for a special Moroccan dinner as a wedding present for us.
La Mamounia was reportedly Winston Churchill's favourite hotel. As a special honeymoon treat we got spa day passes, i loved every second. It was ridiculously opulent, three gentlemen were on hand at the pool to adjust sun loungers and move parasols, at lunch (at one of the Michelin star restraunts) the waiter brought out a small stool so i didn't have to put my (Dunnes Stores) handbag on the ...
... in the press....' (damn, our cover was blown)
'Do you have ID?'
Belinda: 'No, I got...' (they cut me off)
'That's fine, just write your name down'
So we wrote our names down and they made up accreditation passes for us. Feeling very confused but with our passes in hand we headed off to check out the markets.
We walked into the Souk for a second time, feeling a lot less overwhelmed than the first time. This time ready to part with ...