Play it real safe here in Morocco. Keep your clothes looser and longer especially when you're out shopping in the souks or even, walking along the streets etc. Believe me, in cities like Marrakech, the men will not hesitate to gawk at you... It's like they could literally undress you with their stare! Eeks!!
It is not uncommon to see Moroccan women dress in colorful kaftans (is that what you call those long flowing outfits?) and covering up three-quarters of their faces along the streets and in the souks. So, this is a signal for you to also dress conservatively. Leave those shorts at home... Or you can use them when you're trudging on the sands of the Sahara Desert O.K.? These are the absolute necessities. So DON'T ever forget to pack them along: Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Contact lens equipment and spare glasses.
You might also wish to consider bringing along
disposable contact lenses especially if you are going to be at a place with poor water supplies... and MAKE--UP (for women travelers). I never leave home without it. Bringing along a razorblade is also a very good idea. And lastly, hair care products (brushes, comb, blow dryer, hair gel, hair spray... Get the picture?) I bring along TWO types of cameras with me and load them with TWO different types of films i.e. ASA200 film (for day) and the high speed Kodak 800 film for museums or places that do not allow flash photography.
So, the cameras that I'd bring are: (a) my Olympus mju Zoom (with wide-angle lens) which comes in a cool silver metallic color. I
usually use this camera for day photography. AND (b) my Pentax 150 Zoom which I use for places that DOES NOT allow flash photography.
These days, I also bring along the ultra-small Canon IXUS Zoom camera - smaller than the size
of my palm (and it also comes in a cool metallic silver shade). You can even hang this camera
around your neck and it'd still look cool on you. :-) This camera requires a special type of film (APS) to be used. DON'T forget to bring along your ATM card and.... an open mind.
Remember, if your ATM card is linked to international networks like 'Cirrus', 'Plus',
'The Exchange' etc, you can withdraw money from any ATM machines in the world.
What's more, you'd even benefit from the low interbank exchange rates being given to you vis-a-vis if you were to change it at your local money-changer. I have survived on this method for ALL my trips abroad and so far, no ATM machines have failed me. Yes, even in the remotest villages in Africa and Morocco. :-)) If you haven't tried this method, I challenge you to do so today. And be pleasantly surprised at how much you can save at the
end of the day using this method. I kid you not!
'When you're traveling, ask the traveler for advice, not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.' - Rumi
you have each half hour a bus L 19 to the centre from 7 am till 21 pm,
20dhr one way and 30dhr return ticket,2 weeks valid,
it is a circular bus,you goes to place foucauld(near place jemma el fna),,than mohamed v, bab doukkala(bus station),place 16 november,up mohamed v,place moumen ben ali,then to the train station(nearbij also supratours) and then douwn mohamad vl to menara gardens and airport
it means that you can also take the bus in the city if you want to go from de medina to gueliz,
otherwise the normal busses costs 3,5 dhr,
the bus 1 goes up the mohamed v,
bis 3 ,8,10,12,14 goes via bab doukkala to the train station and supratours
Djema El Fna, medicine man
Especially at night but even in daytime you can buy see kind of medicine men (that's what I call them) selling whatever they can think of. Imagine oistrich eggs, bird claws and all kinf-ds of unidentifiable stuff.
Chrob ou Chouf Fountain
The name given to this fountain/water source is translated as 'drink and admire'.
I wanted to find, see and photograph this as its described in my book as a Saadian fountain and one of the most beautiful in the medina of Marrakech.
Built during the reign of Ahmed el-Mansour (who reigned 1578-1603) it is shaded by a carved cedar awning with colourful zellij tilework and inscriptions in cursive and Kufic script carved into the wood.
Many of the leading citizens of Marrakech financed the building of fountains so that obeying the Koran they would be providing water to the thirsty. In a town like Marrakech, water of course was and is a very precious commodity and an underground network of channels supplied the mosques and houses and fed these fountains.
Marrakech ... life ...life and life
"The Pink City"
What to say ... How to explain what I saw in Marrakech? or how I saw it?
I saw a city where people likes to express themselves and communicate themselves, shout, speak, stop tourist to come to know them, tell stories ... that is all concentrated specially in one place ... at Djemaa F'na square. People reading your future at day and a big restaurant and all kind of circus artists at night.. but not for tourist ... this is not a circus for tourist .. but ... for local people ... but ... tourist can join
"Hidden palaces ..."
In Morocco like in other Arabic countries, behind a big wall you can have a wonderful palace with incredible gardens,
after a poor door you can discover a magnificent rich house,
after a simple dress man you can have a very powerful one.
in these countries is frequent not to show the wealth to avoid the envy from others. So... don't expect to find easily what you have said that you can find in Marrakech ... perhaps you are walking just in front a door that have a palace and you will never know if you don’t have a guide or a sing that tell you that ... narrow streets walls and walls that hide wonderful worlds ...
"Wonderful history ..."
Marrakech is the 3erd city of Morocco in importance, but its say that is the most beautiful and interesting. It was founded in 1062
by the almoravides from the Sahara that build an empire from Argelia to Spain. In 1106 masterful Andalusian craftsmen came to Marrakech to build a mosque and a palace. At this time it was build also a great wall that surrounds the city.
In 1147 the almohades took the city. Of this time is the great Koutoubia.
After more than 200 years of decay, in XVI, with the saadies, the city recovered its splendour and of this one time they are the most important works that we can find nowadays. The saadian tombs, Merdessa Ben Youssef and the rests of Badi Palace.