Day 1 - Souks, Snakes And Smoke

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And so commenced the not so aptly named Euro2006 Tour in Marrakesh, Africa.  This was the first real foray into travelling for the el dude brothers (Tommy and Dave) aka Starsky & Hutch.

Following the long overnight MegaBus ride from Perth to London, we arrived at 6.30am.  We were dreading 9 hours on a bus but our excitment and a long World Cup chat made the journey quite bareable. Our flight to Marrakesh wasn't departing til the early afternoon so we took the chance to see New Scotland Yard, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Millennium Eye.

After departing Gatwick and experiencing some serious turbulence and so-so food, we arrived in Marrakesh.  We stepped out the plane and that blast of hot air hit us whiter than white boys like a wall of flames! We exchanged some money and headed to the taxi rank, ready to haggle and determinded not to be ripped off.

The Lav. Target practice!
In the end we did quite a good job.

We jumped in one of the bigger taxis and were taken to our hotel in the heart of the Djemma El Fna. Well, we were taken to the walls outside the Djemma El Fna and were put in the hands of a couple of local kids. Armed only with an email confirmation of the booking and an address, we put our faith in the kids and followed them as they led us down countless shrinking alleyways and around hidden corners.  We were right in the heart of city walls, passing groups of locals who stared upon us eagerly. Might have something to do with Dave's blonde hair!

We finally arrived at our hotel, which seemed to be a series of rooms occupied by locals and not travellers like us. The room was basic but great for the price and the "hole in the ground" toilet was something new to us! After unpacking a little we headed out into the vibrant, smoky and colourful Djemma El Fna.

The Bustling Djemma El Fna.
It was early evening and the place was buzzing.

The Djemma El Fna was really a refreshing site. We circled the perimeter and dodged in and out of the many souks and through the smokey outdoor eateries and barely saw any tourists. Close by sat a few groups of men who cruelly had performing monkeys tied together. They did the odd cartwheel but generally looked miserable which was a shame. Close by were the snake charmers, so we didnt go to close. We got the fright of our lives soon after as a local thrust a rubber snake in our face. My heart skipped a beat!

It had been a very long day, so we grabbed some dinner at one of the nearby restaurants and headed for an early night. The heat was quite intense and I had to resort to the cold water towel method to eventually get to sleep!

 

 

  

Jopin says:
Congrats on your featured blog!! Cant wait to finish it!! Interesting, they have similar lavs here!!
Posted on: Jun 04, 2009
Transitory says:
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Posted on: Jun 04, 2009
Jacqinmiddenamerika says:
Congrats on your featured Blog!! Way to go!! :-)
Posted on: Jun 04, 2009
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Our Accommodation
Our Accommodation
The Lav. Target practice!
The Lav. Target practice!
The Bustling Djemma El Fna.
The Bustling Djemma El Fna.
The Bustling Djemma El Fna.
The Bustling Djemma El Fna.
View from the roof terraces.
View from the roof terraces.
The Bustling Djemma El Fna.
The Bustling Djemma El Fna.
View from the roof terraces.
View from the roof terraces.
Marrakech
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