Snake Charmers and Fire eaters....

Trip Start Oct 20, 2011
Trip End Oct 29, 2011

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Friday, October 28, 2011

The guidebook for the last time....

This morning we cross over the High Atlas via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass at 2260m and wend our way back to Marrakech. 

After a visit to the Palais Bahia, the magnificent nineteenth century palace that was built as the residence for the all-powerful vizier who ruled over the city. It is constructed from the finest materials available: Mekns marble, ceramic tiles from Tetoun and cedar from the Middle Atlas, and it's not difficult to imagine the splendour that must have existed when the court was there.

From here delve deep into Marrakech's renowned souks or markets – as in the Middle Ages, all the practitioners of a craft are grouped together in a single area: the leather tanners, the dyers, the metal-workers etc, spending hours wandering the maze of narrow streets and alleyways, practising your bargaining skills.

Early evening is a great time to visit the great open square of Djemma el-Fna that attracts story-tellers, snake-charmers, fire-eaters.

The final day saw the last 6 hour journey over the high passes of the Atlas Mountains before desending back into the hussle and bussle of Marakesh.

A delightful lunch on a roof top terrace saw us wandering yet again around the Souks before decending into the main square after dark for what I can describe as an interesting last meal - did not fancy the Sheeps heads in the stall opposite, but we did opt for Chicken !!!

An amazing end to the holiday and thanks to all the group that were with us, you certainly made our holiday and thanks once again to Intrepid.... FANTASTIC !
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