Finally found Wifi and alcohol in a hotel outside the city walls. so was able to post blog. Just had a day meandering through the endless streets in the souks where sellers ply there various ware’s a real hive of activity, and now I have a cold beer and girls are having there wine sitting in a Hotel in the new city in the Chesterfield bar by the pool, as Wifi is almost non existent will post the many photos on flickr on our return.
Woke up bright and early this morning, and had our breakfast on the roof terrace which was fruit, pancakes,various jam’s all washed down with coffee and mint tea. Then it was off to Jemaa-el-fna square which is the one featured in the TV program Jamie Oliver in Marrakech, the square has many restaurants surrounding it and various stalls selling fruit, figs & dates also various spices a real hive of activity, but the square really comes alive at night so more details later. After a rest back at the Riad it was back to the square for the nightly festivities the whole place comes alive at night with street entertainers, food stall’s selling everything from sheep’s heads to snails, along with lots more edible cuisine in-between it was truly an amazing spectacle. But we still have not found any alcohol so it been a dry couple of days
We arrived safely in Marrakech flight was uneventful, we were duly picked up by our driver as arranged then endured the journey to the Riad, traffic was horrendous Marrkesh is circled by a wall of some 19 km where all the traffic appears to circle the outside. We arrived at the Riad which was down a very small side street, and entered through a very large wooden door, once inside it was very quite and away from the bustle of the streets outside, it was really serene and quite place with what you would expect typical Moroccan decor, beautiful. We were then shown to our room which was everything we expected, but, (there is always a but) our worse nightmare were realised (we thought this may have been the case as from the Riad photo’s) the on suite toilet and shower had no door just an arch without a curtain we all fell about laughing, our trips just get better and better, and our friendship has just reached a new level. As we arrived about 7pm we had arranged dinner at the Riad which we had on the roof terrace under a very nice pergola, the meal consisted of an aubergine appetiser with Moroccan spices, it looked like minced meat it was delicious. Then the main meal arrived which was a large dish of various vegetable’s, lamb, chicken, potatoes absolutely cooked to perfection, then followed by a fresh fruit salad. Just superb finished off by coffee. It was then of to bed as no doubt a full day will be had tomorrow.