|Just one of the many market streets|
So Marrakesh! We literally did so much this day that each time I tell people what I did, I forget to mention a couple of things because it seems impossible that we did this much but we really did! Another local guide picked us up at 9 in a different bus (I missed our bus driver already) and off we went into the city. First we arrived at some Royal tombs. The actual tombs are rather plain following tradition however the rooms themselves were decorated beautifully with carvings and intricate tiling. It was very peaceful and cool in the morning air as not many places were up yet. It seems strange that a hot country culture only start their day when it's already hot but I guess they start late because they use the cool of the evening to get things done instead. Anyway the stillness and quiet of the place despite the fact we were still very much in the midst of the city made the tombs feel very peaceful but mildly eerie in that way that cemeteries only can.
|An archway in the Palace|
|Apparently one of the tallest Mosque towers in Africa!|
|Me with a lot of carpets!|
|The lily pond in the garden|
We went back to the hotel and I intended to have a swim. Having got up to my knees and realised it was even colder than the first one, I decided against it and went back to my room to have a bath. Having read about 50 work emails (I'm going to guess that took at least half an hour) my bath was only 5 inches deep and that's with me in it. So I had failed again. I gave up and had a shower instead! We went to dinner somewhere fancy! There was booze and everything! I had a great steak, a half bottle of wine, and a yummy chocolate thing. Om nom nom. We managed to thoroughly embarrass our guide when we said thank you - I didn't know the Moroccan complexion could blush so much!
Back to the hotel for bed and an early start as the transport to the airport was booked for 7.40.
Saturday 10th October - Marrakesh to Casablanca to UK
|Some of Yves Saint Laurent's original posters|
|Some of the brightly coloured pots in the garden|
All in all an excellent whirlwind tour of Morocco! Having crammed cities, country, mountains and desert into just 6 days is remarkable. While not exactly relaxing it has been great to see another country and get to know the culture as much as possible.
I hope you've enjoyed my ramblings on my ramblings :) I wonder where I'll end up next?!
|My trip (the * is the finish)|