'No picture! No picture!' -...
'No picture! No picture!' - kids say to you when you reach for your camera. It is told to them that the pictures might keep their souls. Anyway, some money, pens, food or candy will make them forget about that minor problem real quickly.
Two types of taxi
Although Marrakesh’s Medina is quite compact and best explored on foot, you will probably find yourself wanting to take a taxi from time to time, and certainly if you decide to venture into the newer parts of town. For us, with my lack of mobility, they were essential, although many parts are accessible only on foot and some of these were beyond my reach.
There are two types of taxi, grands and petits. Almost all of the former are Mercedes, while the latter are of various makes and, as the name suggests, smaller. These are better for journeys within the city, for several reasons: they are cheaper, can go down some of the smaller lanes, and are “single hire” vehicles. The grands taxis meanwhile are great for longer journeys such as excursions and airport transfers. Locals share these, hailing them like buses and hopping out when they reach their destination. A driver will assume that as a tourist you are hiring the whole vehicle so you will need to let him know if you are happy to share in order to reduce the costs.
Talking of costs, it is essential to negotiate in advance and never take the price first quoted as the definitive fare. Katy, the owner of our riad, said that we shouldn’t pay more than 20 dirhams for the ride back from the Djamaa el Fna, but several times we were quoted 40 or even 50. While we never managed to beat them down to her figure, we also never paid more than 30. If a driver won’t agree to the price you propose, walk away – almost certainly another standing nearby will have heard the conversation and will step in to accept the fare.
fantastic gardens to spend a afteroon
Gradens owned by Yves Sant Laurent and maintained by a trust set up by him .The gradens were origanal landscape by the artist Jacques Majorelle who came to Marrakesh in 1919 and acquired the land in 1924 and the MajorelleGardens were opened to the public in 1947
The gardens have plants form all 5 continents showing what a avid collector of plants Majorelle was,bamboos,catus,dwarf plams ,agave ,large pond with water lillies ,colourful planters .the gardens cover 12acres .what you see walking round is how the colour blue is used washed on the garden wall crating a colourful backdrop for the plants bougainvillea,bright orange nasturtiums and pink geraniums the paths painted in lemonyellows and applegreens .
Here also is a Museum of Islamic art that as been collected by Yves Sant Laurent on display carpets ,pottry, furnitue and doors
The Saadies Tombs, one of the most wonderful example of the arquitecture of saadies period, where hidden under earth and walls by sultán alauí, trying to erase the tracks of its predecessors saadies. Thank god, they where not destroy as other places because is a holly place ...
It is a costum to try to destroy every sing of predecesor diferents dinasties ... :(((
Nowadays, despite of its value, they are not all the conservated they should be ...
8:30- 11:45, 14:30- 17:45
Which is my favourite place in Morocco? Maybe Fes? Maybe Marrakesh? I don?t decide. I appreciated both of them. In different colours, in different shapes, history and social authenticity merge well with modernity, allowing excellent vacations.