Marrakech Travel Blog› entry 1 of 5 › view all entries
As we approached Marrakesh I was sleeping in the plane and as I woke I turned to look out of the window, "Wow" I said very impressed by what I saw below as the sandy coloured building were suddenly coming into focus as we came into land.
Once in Marrakesh I walked outside of the airport and was greeted with lots of taxis beeping and requesting my custom. I chose to save my money and take the long walk along avenue Mohammed iv and up to Gare ONCF.
At the train station I bought a ticket to Casablanca for a very reasonable 90 dirhams. The Google map that I had printed out was very wrong and so I was unable to find the Riad Zitoune where I was due to be spending the night.
Djema el Fna square was definitely one of the most amazing environments I have entered and another real "wow" moment! Unfortunately looking for my riad I got lost down the side streets and came across a man who wanted to show me the way. He found out that I was welsh and so he proceeded to tell me about his love for Ian Rush and Ryan Giggs! Eventually we did find the riad but instead of the 10 dirhams I planned to gave him I accidentaly gave him 100.
The Riad itself was very different to anywhere I had ever stayed before and it felt like a big bathroom and the temperature was really cool and ideal for having a bit of rest from the heat.
As I walked out of the Riad I was struck by how hot it was and picked up some water from one of the window stalls they have dotted around the side streets. I headed towards the mosque and took a few pictures before a man smoking cigarette begged to have some of my water and I felt too harsh not to give it to him. Unfortunately I then realised it might not be too hygienic to share water with a beggar but before long a female on the streets begged to have the water herself so I gave it to her.
Near a roundabout just off the square there is a great little coffee shop and there I had a the le menthe and a few glasses of water water overlooking the mosque and I spent a couple of hours watching the world go by as the sun was setting before heading back to the square which was by now really hustling and bustling.
I went up a balcony where I had a Fanta lemon overlooking the square as the lights were starting to come on. As I walked back I was asked by an artisan from Burma to have a look at the things he had made, there were pots wooden masks and saris.
I showered and then went out for food the first place I found was charging 250 dirhams for a 3 course meal including show which was a little steep for me but the second place was great value at 85 dirhams for chicken, black olives, lemon sauce, water and bread. I sat in a garden which was sort of like the outside inside as they have these open areas in many of the buildings I visited.
In the market I went up to a stall and was asked to try the dates and nuts but I annoyed the stall owner when I didn't buy any.