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An April 2001 trip to Marrakech by CamillaD

Quote: Marrakesh is a wonderful place to get lost in -- and find yourself again. You can stay in the city or take side trips to the desert, sea, and High Atlas Mountains.

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Overview

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Among the recent tragic news was the bombing in Morocco, which will undoubtedly decrease tourism there. However, don't write this lovely country permanently off your list. We visited in the spring of 2001, and felt blessed by the hospitality and friendliness of the people and the great beauty and variety of the landscape. We stayed in Marrakech, with side trips to Ouarzazate and El Jadidah. We bought our food (and many other things) in the souks and went to Berber farm markets in the mountains. We learned a little Arabic from the local baker and the small children who were our guides wherever we went (there are now a lot of kids in Marrakech with Canadian key chains!) We heard the haunting calls...Read More
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Best Things Nearby:French quarter amenities such as supermarket and internet cafe, many shops.Best Things About the Resort:It is luxurious, and the staff is friendly. Resort Experience:This is a tipping environment - you really need to leave tips for the cleaners (who tidy your room every day like in a hotel). Some hotel staff speak English, but most speak French and Arabic. The in-house restaurant is good but VERY expensive. Unit Type: Studio Activities: Fair Amenities: Excellent Unit Satisfaction: Excellent...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 23, 2003

Residence Amina
Rue Ibn Oudari
Marrakesh, Morocco
44-437276

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Rather than talk about a particular restaurant, I want to mention the food in general.

Try tajines, baked in a special bowl with a tented lid. Common varieties involve lamb or mutton or chicken, preserved lemons, olives, and spices. There are an enormous variety of olives here.

A large supermarket in the French quarter of Marrakech will provide staples, but go shopping in the souk as well! We bought some of the characteristic spice mixture Ras El-Hanut and added it to our home cooking. We also went to Berber markets in the mountains and bought local vegetables such as red leeks.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2003

Musee de Marrakech (Marrakech Museum)

Attraction | "Musée de Marrakech"

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Finding it is fun because you can have a first stab at the souk and can combine a trip here with a look at the Medersa (old Islamic school), which is also open to tourists. If you like traditional ornate arches and fabulously intricate carving, as well as examples of modern Moroccan art, you will love it. It's open seven days a week.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2003

Musee de Marrakech (Marrakech Museum)
Place Ben Youssef
Marrakesh, Morocco
212 24 44 18 93

Jardin Majorelle

Attraction | "Gardens in the city"

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For such a dry place (when we were there, Morocco had suffered a 10 year drought), Marrakech has its share of gardens, and they're worth visiting for a change from the hot dry streets and crowded souk. The most ornate and organized is the Jardin Majorelle, which also contains a museum of Islamic art which is worth a trip. It was created by a Frenchman named Jacques Majorelle early last century, and opened to the public in 1947. There is an entrance charge, but other parks in Marrakech, such as the Jardin Menara with its olive groves, have no such charge.

Jardin Majorelle
Ave Yacoub el-Mansour
Marrakesh, Morocco
(00212) 044 30 18 52