United Kingdom, Morocco · 8 Days · 28 Moments · April 2017

Laura's voyage in Morocco

29 April 2017

Day 8 Sat Went for breakfast opposite hotel called Bingo. Good food so cheap. Back to the pool to get my last minute rays. Checked out at 130 and bussed it for final time to centre. Found a super terrace overlooking the mosque called Hotel Islane. Had a Cuba libra whilst Abs had his final lamb tagine. It suddenly bucketed rain so we were lucky to be under shelter. After we pulled our cases to the centre for our final mint tea in our favourite spot. Gonna miss this place. Whilst waiting for bus to airport (£2 each) taxi pulled up offering to take us for same price!!! Ma salama Morrocco
Day 7 Fri Woke to another sunny morning so dashed to the pool to save our usual beds. Going to miss this with the music playing, although today we had a bit of Adele and frankly I find her music a bit"slit the wrist"!!! Got chatting to a Norwegian lady who lives here with her daughter. She was amazed to hear my life story of the Middle East! Midday and the clouds appeared then light rain ☔️. Showered and got our 30 p bus to the centre where I enjoyed my meatball tagine. Best meal of the trip and people watching. After a walk round bus back to hotel for rest. Watched UK TV then back on bus to our favourite restaurant Le Bistro. Abs had a 500 gram T bone and I had a very tasty chicken advocado salad. Live music was lovely. Walked 45 minutes back home to help digest the grub. So hot and humid.

28 April 2017

27 April 2017

Day 6 Thurs Guess what? another day by the pool as no cloud in sight. Abs managed a Morroccan scrub and massage while I finished my book. Burnt my chest!! After shower got our 30 pence bus into mid town. Popped into the Grande Cafe de la Poste, very Casablana'ish!!! Walked down to a Japanese sushi restaurant Katsura for fabulous spring rolls, Tom Yong Kung soup and beef noodles. with drinks £40!! bargain. Bus home to bed knackered 😂
Day 5 Wed Hot cloudless day so a chance to relax by the pool and read. Abs had his breakfast outside and I nabbed 2 beds. Pool music was fabulous, Inglesias and some Cheb Ahmed Chowki and Putbull. Amazing how a day relaxing is so tiring; room to sleep and room service . Abs went out as I was asleep.

26 April 2017

25 April 2017

Day 4 Tues Part 2 Ibrahim took us to a typical Berber mud house and where Aagon oil is pressed. The 2 hour trek was worthwhile as the cascades were lovely; crossed the river on makeshift ferry on drum barrels to eat lunch; tagine, chicken kebabs and fresh oranges. the uphill trek was tiring but we made it home for 6.00 pm passing by olives, almond trees, women picking the wheat. Also saw the monkeys; Abs ended up with one on his head!! As I had twisted my ankle I decided to rest watching UK TV whilst Abs ventured out for food. Fabulous day ❤️
Day 4 Tues Part 1 Up early for our trip. Mustapha arrived on time and we collected Kelly and Ross from Essex who joined us for the trip to the beautiful Ouzoud waterfalls. They are the highest waterfalls in North Africa. Mustapha explained the Berber population. Berbers are an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa. They are distributed in an area stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Siwa Oasis in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Niger River. They speak Berber, different Arabic dialect. At Ouzoud we were met by Ibrahim, a Berber, who had lived in the UK for 21 years after obtaining a degree at Bath university. He had to return as an accident at work in that UK period had resulted in 18 months hospitalisation; he decided the climate bacj home was better for him!! He was very interesting. We hiked through part of the 25 acres of olive trees, trunks painted in different colours to identify which belonged to which family and numbered showing which son owned which.
Day 3 Mon After breakfast in bed sat by pool and read my book. Cloudy day so booked a trip for tomorrow to the mountsins. Enjoyed a massage whilst Abs had a Morrocan spa, scrub and pedicure. Late afternoon walked an hour into town stopping by various bars. Le Bistrot La Boucherie was a hidden gem and we returned later for live music (I sang a few lines) and a great fillet steak. Took a few photos from the terrace at Kif Kif cafe. Such a vibrant city. The final song was my favourite; Ayesha by Sheb Khalid so I started the dancing off !!! Surprise surprise. A great night

24 April 2017

23 April 2017

Day 2 Sun Awoke and ordered coffee room service. Strong coffee!!! Showered and over to Bingo cafe, a little hidden gen of a cafe near our hotel. Coffee was stronger so think I will stick to mint tea. Abs had the traditional Harira soup, made of lamb, lentils and spices. Found the bus 1 took us from round the corner to Jemaa Al-Fna, the famous square for only 40p!! Fascinating how lace, snake charmers, monkeys, henna artists etc. Stopped for 2 mint teas and watched the world go by. Took a horse and carriage hour tour round the old part of town, past 6 of the King's palaces and the Jewish area. Back on the bus to rest at hotel. Returned via the bus to the buzzing Square. Fascinating. Via Tripadvisor found a fab redtaurant called Kosybar as noone serves alcohol in this part of town. Sat on the roof terrace listening to prayer call ; took me back to Riyadh days. Ate in the square in one of the many food stalls: Good grub. 30 pence Bus home for a nightcap

22 April 2017

Day 1 Sat Taxi to Manchester Airport on a sunny afternoon. Easy airport and good food (fish n chips). Queued a good hour to board Easy Jet. Good flight though delayed an hour. Arrived at Marrakesh airport - beautiful airport. Taxi to the Semiramis Hotel. Good value at £200 for the week. Pizza and drink before bed.