Dar Justo

35 Derb Chorfa, Lakbir Mouassine, La Medina, Marrakech, 40008, Morocco
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Buying dried fruits in the Djamaa el FnaBuying dried fruits in the Djamaa el Fna

Main room of the Marrakech MuseumMain room of the Marrakech Museum

Berber women by artist friend Rita KallerhoffBerber women by artist friend Rita Kallerhoff

Medina (Marrakesh, Morocco)Medina (Marrakesh, Morocco)

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Marrakech Opticions

by gordonmurr

Please any info on good priced Opticians,are there any BIG savings on UK prices?

RE: Marrakech Opticions

by angiebabe

Yes, theres an optician i have used twice for getting glasses made - next to Hotel Toulousain. the first pair i bought were a designer looking pair and got high index ie nice thin glass for quite badly shortsighted vision(which costs a lot more) and done in 4 hours for £130 - 2000 dirham - which is can be between £30 and £80 cheaper than the uk. and much faster - than the week it can take here. also they have a machine that for £10 can do an eyetest in 1-2 minutes and print out the prescription. i am told its better to get a proper eye prescription with proper consultation ie back at home and bring the prescripton.

unfortunately the arm broke where the screws are and then i dropped them and broke the glass. so i think the frames were probably not such good quality.

the second pair was as a nice looking frames that i got reduced from my local optician here and got the high index glass put in for £80. so i probably saved £100. at the same place here in london that i bought the reduced frames i also got a pair of nice moschino frames with high index glass for £160. so that could be a good comparison of the morocco prices. but the moschino are much better quality - tho similar designer look as the first set i bought in morocco - so i would recommend doing that - finding good frames that you know are good quality and then get the glass supplied and made up in morocco. do it in the morning and they can be ready in the afternoon or the next day.

contact lens prices seem to be no better than back here unless you can shop around and find some good deal.

RE: RE: Marrakech Opticions

by gordonmurr

Many thanks for that info.

Travel Tips for Marrakesh

Zoom as Zoom can!

by tini58de

Marrakesh is a very touristy place and so the locals know that there will be pictures taken. Especially on Djemaa el Fna you will want to take pics of the artists, snake charmers and acrobats - and they will definitely come up to you and ask for money! With a good tele objective/zoom you can avoid much of the hassle!

Best rental car company yet - Jawad's Malta Car

by angiebabe

After all the cars Ive rented either via my various Moroccan acquaintances and connections using their connections or me keeping and using those connections Ive found a company through Moroccan friends I work with in London that have proved to be the best so far - well many companies are much the same - haggle the price or accept a price that still not happy with - that you know you could get cheaper elsewhere but the right connections are not involved!; take the car that youve been told is a new car when making the booking but on pickup can see that its not;

One of the reasons for choosing Marrakech is that it is one of the cheaper locations for rental cars, along with Agadir - Fes and Tangier from all experiences and trials is pretty much a no go area if you want a decent car at a decent price. We did rent once from Meknes through friends of the family but even for a 2 week rental they still charged 300 dirham a day.

Jawad doesnt really speak english but he has a friend with the business that does and will get involved if you dont speak french. They are happy to meet you at the airport or wherever for pick up and will do all the arrangements there and then to leave you with the car so less time is wasted - eg other companies that Ive used that do pickup have taken us to their office to do all the transactions there and getting in and out of traffic means another hour used to get your car organised.

As with all rental car hire theres a special tax involved if you want to use your credit card for care hire - which is a really high tax - so its actually best to pay in cash - your credit card will still be swiped for the security deposit though. Check the policy for what excess is involved and whether you have to pay more to reduce it but in most cases if its not possible to reduce then using online companies such as www.excess4carehire.com which do individual trip or annual policies to reduce excess to zero.

Menara Gardens

by grets

From my journal:

'The Marrakech city tour starts with a visit to Menara Gardens which is a large olive grove with trees 300 years old, and a 600x600 feet pool with an ordinary looking pavilion. Also present is a mediocre snake charmer and lots of souvenir sellers.'

Tombeaux Saadiens

by sachara

In the south-west part of the medina nextdoor to the Kasbah Mosque are the Saadian Tombs, signposted as " Tombeaux Saadiens".

This necropolis is started by Ahmed Mansour, the second Saadian sultan, in the 16th century, on the side of an older part of the cemetary, which was reserved for descendants of the Prophet.

The mausoleum is divided in three halls. Ahmed Mansour and 65 of his successors and close family are buried under the two main structures.

Marakesh - Jewel of the south

by mvtouring


We checked in for our flight at Cape Town International Airport and flew
to Marrakesh, with a schedulated stop at Casablanca. Casablanca Airport is very impressive, and provided a good start to our trip to Morocco. I had the pleasure of spending a full week in this lovely, intriguing city.

Pearl of the South, Jewel of the South, The Rose City -- just a few of the nicknames Marrakesh has acquired over the years. The pearl and the jewel symbolize its importance as the center of Morocco ever since it was a trading and resting place on the crossroads of ancient caravan routes from Timbuktu. The rose attests to a city still painted entirely in salmon pink, in keeping with the red-clay earth below. Once called Morocco City by foreign travelers, Marrakesh eventually lent its name to the country itself. Part Berber, part Arab, part African, Marrakesh is the heartbeat of Morocco, where palaces and monuments of unrivaled refinement sit calmly alongside the snake charmers and Gnaouan drums pulsing constantly from Djemýa el Fna Square -- the most exuberant marketplace in the world.
Virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages, Marrakesh's solid ramparts encircle and protect its mysterious labyrinthine medina, which hides sultans' palaces, the ornate mansions of rich merchants, and some of the most colorful bazaars in the Arab world. Late in the afternoon, Moroccans as well as foreigners crowd the Djemýa el Fna to hear storytellers and musicians perform, be wooed by herbalists and acrobats, and watch smoke rise from the outdoor food stalls as vendors whip up a wild array of fried fish, meats, salads, and such Moroccan delicacies as lamb or beef stewed in an earthenware pot and left in hot ashes all day.

This intoxicating city is for the eyes -- a place where even the refined elements have a roughness to them, yet what is rough has its own refinement. Apart from the many things to see and do, one of the most refreshing things about Marrakesh is that time slows down here. The helter-skelter of mopeds, Mercedes, donkey carts, and pedestrians in the streets is really just a mirage; beneath it all, you can feel a languor in the way people walk, the way they take time to stop and talk to each other, conducting their daily affairs much as their ancestors did. With its dramatic beauty and unhurried rhythm, the Jewel of the South can beckon even the most seasoned traveler to stop moving and stay forever.


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