Thousand holes pancakes.
The pancake you can see on the left is a typical
moroccan pancake served at weddings
and with the sugar festivities. It is slightly different
from the pancakes we know.
What you need for 4 persons
500 gr flour.
4 coffee spoons of dry yeast.
a little bit salt.
700 ml water
Make a smooth fluid dough with the ingredients.
Stoke a pan and first put in some cold water.
Empty the pan and ad some dough.
Serve this pancakes with honey and melted butter.
We boarded a hop on/hop off bus at JEF to get a feel for the city. The entire route took about 90 minutes and we went around both the old city and the new city. If you plan on doing/seeing anything outside the old city it's a good idea to use this bus for transportation (Menara Gardens, Le Meridien hotel, McDonalds!). The distance can be a little far.
There are two routes - one is the monumental route that stops at the main sights (palaces, msoque). Sorry didn't take the other route so not sure where it goes.
Your pass is good for 24 hours and costs less than $20. The buses run between 9:30 and 7 p.m.
Atlas Mountains, Cascades d'Ouzoud
This is the biggest waterfall in Morocco and stunning it is. This spectacular sight has three tiers and falls a 110metres into a pretty pool at the bottom, where it is possible to dispose of ones clothes for a dip. A refreshing treat after a fantastic rocky hike up through the river flow and it's banks, across hand built rickety bridges and with 'oooohhhh' inspired views around to take in on the way.
We had an unofficial guide who took us on a fairly perilous climb up the mountain to then begin our descent down, although quite dangerous, we would not have had it any other way. Clearly a native of the area and with an ability to run around the mountain like a mountain goat, I felt quite safe and indeed had a lot of fun using this guide.
One of the group, however, decided to approach the official guides, this caused some chaos and indeed almost a fist fight between the local guide and the official guides, a passionate nation of people these are. One moment hugging, the next filled with an almost latin agression i.e. lots of noise and arm waving which invariably ends in nothing.
I cannot recommend this trip enough, heading into the Atlas mountains is an experience truly to behold.
Ali Ben Yousseff Medersa
I was so impressed to see this place!
and so umimpressed that i had been to Marrakech frequently for 3 or 4 years and never got to see this until off on my own bat in March this year!!, and also that ive gone charging around Andalucian Spain to see historical Moorish architecture and design and here is this lovely Medersa!!
I had previously tried to see the famed Bou Inania and El Attarine Medersas in Fes and the one in Sale and all had been closed for renovations - but getting to see the Ben Yousseff was so worthwhile. Luckily this medersa was much restored in the 1960s (in time for my visit!?)
This medersa (Koranic school) is one of the finest and largest in North Africa with a capacity for up to 900 students(?in those tiny little rooms!?)and was founded by a Merenid Sultan in the mid 14th century and then rebuilt by the Saadian sultan Moulay Abdullah in 1565 apparently to express his desire to restore to Marrakech the prestige of an imperial capital and also to affirm his devotion to Allah
Its name is taken from the Almoravid mosque of Ali ben Youssef to which it once was attached but architecturally, with its sumptuous decoration, it is still regarded on a par with the other Merenid medersas.
The main entrance door of bronze with a carved cedar lintel opens onto a mosaic paved corridor which leads to the courtyard paved with white marble and ablutions pool. The walls are decorated with zellij tilework and carved plaster (stucco).
The students cells on the ground and upper floors open onto the courtyard and those that are shielded are arranged around 7 smaller interior courtyards.
An ornate doorway leads through to the prayer hall with columns with calligraphy praising
Moulay Abdullah and crowned with a cedar dome. The mihrab is decorated with verses from the koran.
A combo ticket is available for 60 dhm but must be visited in the order of the lovely Musee du Marrakech first, then the Medersa and lastly the Koubba, both only a few mins walk away!
"A City of Two Halves"
Marrakesh is very much a city of two halves. The old town, or medina, situated within the red city walls, is characterised by narrow streets, traditional buildings, and endless hassle from locals who want to act as guides or show you to their brother/cousin/uncle’s shop “just to look, not to buy”. In contrast, Gueliz, the new town, has wide tree-lined avenues, gardens and modern hotels. The two are linked by the Avenue Mohammed V, which runs from Gueliz down to the Kotoubia Mosque in the old town. My guidebook describes this as Marrakesh’s answer to the Eiffel Tower, which it is not, but it is certainly a useful landmark, or so I thought. The three golden balls on the top of the minaret were supposedly made from gold donated by a sultan’s wife who melted down her jewellery as a penance for eating three grapes during Ramadan. It is a double mosque, as the first one built did not quite face in the direction of Mecca and so they built a second one to correct this error.
"Exploring the Old Town"
Wandering through the medina, we came to the Kasbah mosque, and realised that the Kotoubia minaret is not quite such a striking landmark as we had thought – the minaret of the Kasbah mosque is superficially similar in appearance from a distance, though not so tall. Not far from here is the El Badi Palace. Built in the sixteenth century, it is now a ruin, with all the marble and tiling gone, but the thick walls remain, providing a useful nesting site for storks. The contrast between the noise in the streets outside, and the calm of the courtyard within is striking.
We found a more intact version of a Moroccan palace, though dating from the nineteenth century, at the Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts. There are a few interesting exhibits, including a primitive wooden ancestor of the ferris wheel, but the building itself is beautiful, especially the reception room on the upper floor. The custodian was very assiduous and helpful in showing us round, and we were very happy to give him the customary tip at the end of our visit. The nearby Bahia Palace is built in the same style of decorative tiles and cool courtyards, and is home to a large number of cats.
"The New Town"
One of the highlights of the new town, Gueliz, is the Majorelle garden. Created by the artist Jacques Majorelle in the first half of the twentieth century, the garden has now been bought and restored by Yves Saint Laurent. The garden is not large, but contains botanical specimens and cacti, wonderfully set off by the deep blue paint of the architecture. A pavilion in the centre of the garden contains a small exhibition of Islamic art. A very different garden is the Menara, adjacent to the airport, which consists of a large olive grove with a huge pool in the centre, overlooked by a pavilion. This pavilion also had a custodian who was very happy to show us around in exchange for the usual acknowledgement.