Marrakech - Hectic!
Trip Start Oct 10, 2011
15Trip End Nov 11, 2011
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The main square in the Medina (which we are not far from) is slightly less busy but just as chaotic, with a mixture of stalls selling orange juice and food, people displaying various wares for purchase, monkey and snake handlers (I still find the cobras disturbing when they look at me directly), musicians and countless other goings-on.
The people here are all fluent in both French and Arabic, and most people have (at least) a smattering of English
One of the best ways to get away from it all is of course to eat or drink. We've been to quite a few different restaurants and cafes and had delicious tajines with all kinds of interesting spices, cous cous dishes, sausages, Moroccan sandwiches and typical local pastries. To go with that, there is always some slightly sweet fresh Moroccan bread, washed down by freshly squeezed orange juice and/or mint tea. Going to a tea house and/or gardens is most peaceful!
The major tourist sites have also been interesting. The intricate woodwork in the Bahia Palace was a standout, as were the Saadian tombs. The open courtyards and gardens of the palace are particularly peaceful and made me think that I would much prefer to have lived in a palace like this than one of the grand European equivalents.