Last days of our 'Best of Morocco' tour
Trip Start Jul 10, 2011
18Trip End Oct 30, 2011
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We meet the others downstairs about 7pm for the 20-30min walk along Av Hassan II & Av Mohammed V to Place Djemaa el-Fna for dinner.
Our restaurant tonight is makeshift stall, setup every arvo about 4pm. We are ushered through the square to Restaurant 47 (I think) to a long table covered with paper and our diner settings. Dinner is a degustation of olives,bread & dipping sauce, a salad of rice, beetroot and other cold veg (see the pics), another mixed plate of egg plant, green capsicum and other, chicken brochettes, lamb brochettes, beef brochettes and veg brochettes, a small spicy sausage and some calamari & chips to finish. Overall quite tasty. Sam supplies the dessert by buying some sweet treats from a guy selling them from a large trolly he is pushing through the restaurants
We go home about 2am leaving Fatima Cous Cous,Mohammed and My Lord to party on.
Day 2 in Marrakech and there is a knock on our about 9:15am, it is Fatima Cous Cous come to say farewell before she leaves to join here new Intrepid tour. She is looking extremely bright eyed and bushy tailed for being out late the night before. It was great traveling with her and hopefully we will get to see her in Melbourne sometime (bad luck, you did invite us!). Then back to bed for us!
Finally up about 11am and go to Amai for brunch. A great French owned cafe/restaurant just down the street. The food was fresh & tasty and the berrie smoothies were delish
after brunch it's back to Place Djemaa el-Fna and Musee Dar Si Said. Where we meet Adrian and join an unofficial tour of the musee. We leave Adrian to sit in the sun and read the newspaper and head back to Place Djemaa el-Fna for a wonder. Late in the arvo we head to a cafe on the square and after some deliberation we are able to score a table on the terrace at the railing over looking the square. After a couple of hours watching the snake charmers, horse & carriages, tourists, the restaurants go up and some brochettes and Oj (always fresh) plus buying the now standard souvenir t-shirt, we walk back to our hotel to shower and walk back for dinner stopping at the bottlo on the way.
Tonight's dinner is the last as a group at Restaurant Islane, upstairs on the terrace overlooking the Koutoubia Mosque Minaret.
I don't know about anyone else's meal but my lamb chops were delicious.
After dinner we walk back to the hotel and say our farewells and thank Mohamed for his services and entertainment during our tour.
Sam & I go with Mohamed to Hotel Caspien for a drink before bed.
Day 3 in Marrakech and it's breakfast at Elite as Amaia is closed
Breakfast for day 4 in Marrakech is at Amaia, the smoothies -yummm. After breakfast we head to Jardin Majorelle started by a French artist Jacques Majorelle in 1942, he died in1962 and in 1980 Pierre Berge and Yves Saint Laurent repurchase and restore the gardens.
Then it's last minute shopping and head back to Place Djemaa el-Fna and the souks. Sam buys plates in a traditional(?) Berber pattern and we both buy things we will never wear.
We have dinner with Wendy, Helen and Alex at Amaia then it's back to our room to pack for our 8:45 am flight to Abu Dhabi.