Oasis of Green
Visit the Gardens of Majorelle (Jardin Majorelle) in New Marrakech. Designed by Yves St Laurent, this extensive garden covers many microclimates and is set to bright electric blue architecture.
Get to the gardens BEFORE 9 AM to see it without the throngs of bus tourists.
Really worth a visit.
Fast food cafe in Gueliz
I ate at Restaurant/Cafe Rapide at lunchtime on my first day in Marrakech during my visit to the city in February 2007.
This cafe/fast food joint is located on the crossroads of Rue de Yougoslavie and Ave Mohamed V in the Gueliz region of the city, a 5-10 minute walk north of Place du 16 Novembre. There are numerous cafes in this region of the city, offering tables outdoor on the pavement where you can soak up the sun while watching the world go by in the bustling commercial centre of the city.
The menu is in French and Arabic only, and the waiter spoke little English. I was therefore reliant upon the small amount of French that I learnt in my schooldays - and the fact that some items on the menu were obvious to identify!
From what I could decipher of the menu, the options include:
- a selection of burgers: beef, steak, egg, vegetarian: 10 - 20 Dhs;
- omelettes (mushroom, cheese, plain, chicken, vegetable): 10 - 20 Dhs;
- sandwiches (cheese, chicken, "American") and lamb and beef kebab meat with bread and French fries (10 - 30 Dhs);
There are also a selection of Moroccan tajines (Moroccan stews with meat and vegetables).
The selection of desserts include cakes, fresh fruit and ice cream.
Drinks include a variety of freshly squeezed fruit juices - orange, grapefruit, lemon - and canned soft drinks (8 - 15 Dhs). This being my first day in Marrakech, I decided to play it safe and start off with a familiar meal. There would be plenty of time for more adventurous meals later on in my trip. I opted for:
Omelette Champignons - Cost: 20 Dhs
A large, thin mushroom omelette served with a few olives and a single piece of lettuce. It also came with a generously sized dish of fresh crusty bread and butter.
Freshly squeezed orange juice - Cost: 8 Dhs
Orange juice that is as fresh as it comes...including pips and peel! Very refreshing on a nice sunny day and even cheaper than the orange juice served from the carts in Djemaa El Fna.
Good value for money fast food in a bustling location!
What a way to finish the holiday. The journey back from Essaouira to Marrakesh on the very last night was accompanied near the very end by a big thunderstorm. As it cleared, on one side was a spectacular rainbow (I didn't get a good picture). On the other side was an even more spectacular sunset. Morocco, nice country, great times and a brilliant sunset to complete the experience.
This higth minarete of 1162 is a tall tower that helps you to guide your self in the city. It was the model for the sevillian Giralda. Its a pitty only muslims can get up the tower. At the basin is the bigest mosque of its time, a beautiful building that at pray time is so full that people have to stand outside. Our tour guide realy went on and on about this place
Glimpses of Marrakech
Morocco is a feast for the senses. And Marrakech lets you open your eyes so wide like never before as tho you've been dead asleep for the longest time. The land and its components are an unrivaled exoticism, a revelation of magnificent auras that explodes in your inner being, astonishes you deeply into a hypnotic languor and leaves you widely speechless.
One must set aside and give time to this place exclusively. And you must give aplenty in order to render yourself the best of experiences and a time of your life so unforgettable. There's so much here that a week or two or even three weeks of a visit would hardly be scratching the surface. One goes to Morocco to transmute, if not to be reborn of some sort.
This was my second visit, the first one a long while back as tho in a luminous sleepwalk - without forethought and extraneous thoughts, no itinerary, no plans, no camera, no burden...and only the fresh slate of an impressionalbe youth. But, as I had said previously, this one was terribly short and mostly only to be with a friend. Nevertheless, there was time enough to see what could be seen and experienced from the abbreviated outings and whenever time allowed to extricate myself away from the attention of the friend.
Marrakech: inside the Medina along the walls of the Souika.
Marrakech: the code of childhood innocence - endless curiousity.
Marrakech: at Rita's dreamy home with endless hues of blues that pierce with seduction and doors open into submissions.
Marrakech: light and shadows like one's secret moods.
Marrakech: the guiles of Morrocan men.
Evening in Marrakech: going inside a dream which abducts the being into a staggering lust and dark beauty.
The Moroccans: they are accessible but wholly impenetrable except among themselves.