Day 2 - In And Around The Medina
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After a so-so nights sleep mainly due to the heat the excellent ice cold shower was very welcome. A quick breakfast followed this as we were eager to get out and explore. We decided to remain within the city walls today to see what it had to offer. We had a map to help us but this proved useless due to our terrible orientation skills.
We decided just to take a guess and headed deep into the city. We were soon aware that we were in a very urban area and were met with funny stares from the locals as we passed by there homes. Just when we seemed to be heading nowhere, we turned the corner and were on a fairly wide street, filled with markets and sellers. A local boy clocked us right away and told us that "tourists shouldn't really come down this way" and he offered to take us back to the main path via a synagogue.
The synagogue was quite an experience. After putting on temporary kippahs, we were introduced to "Dave" the blind rabbi! He was quite something! Having asked us if we knew French and with us replying not much, he preceeded to give us the history of the synagogue in French! Upon finishing however, in perfect english with great pronunciation he asked us for money for the synagogue! Hilarious. We gave what we could and were taken back onto the well trodden path.
After a quick visit to the Koutoubia Mosque for some photos and a bite to eat we decided to venture outwith the city walls. With little more than a fine layer of sunscreen and no hat, we were so struggling and headed back into the city walls for a siesta before dinner. The evening was without a doubt the best time of day in the Djemma El Fna. The temperature cooled and the market place was bustling. We noticed quite a few locals getting henna tattoos and we considered getting one but decided to leave it til another night.
We saw out the night with a bit more wandering and people watching before heading off to bed.