Atay bil nanaa , Mint tea.
You can't leave Morocco without trying Mint tea.
I know little people who are not fond of it.
How to make it?
Easy , ...
You need gunpowder - a species of tea you can
get at the moroccan store near you and the
chinese toko as well. First pour some some
hot water on the gunpowder and then pour it
down the sieve. You need to do this in order
to get rid of the bitter taste of this tea.
Now , put the gunpowder in the teapot together
with the fresh mint leaves and 5 or 6 spoons
of sugar. I like it very sweet , like the locals
serve and drink it. ;-) Ad one litre of boiling water
and leave it for 5 minutes. You can keep it
warm on a little candle.
Marrakech Tour bus
Although I'd visited Marrakech the previous year, and knew my way around, I decided to buy a ticket (130dh)
This ticket is valid for 24 hours from time of purchase, from attendants standing nearby at popular spots, or from the driver. (Time your purchase if there is a crowd, and no bus in sight, or you could lose 30 minutes or so)
Your ticket price includes headphones for the taped commentary (8 languages) and 10% off tours in the other cities through Europe and USA (only Marrakech in Africa in 2006) - I Used this in Granada later in the year, with 10% off. I've since used this service again in Granada, Padua and Valencia
There are 2 routes- The City Monuments (from 0900 - 19.30 approx every 20 - 30 mins), and the Marrakesh Romantique (No recorded info)(0930, 10.30.12.00 and 13.30)
I'd advise doing the Romantique first, as the times are a bit limited. This covers Jardins Majorelle and The Palmeraies.
The Marrakech Monumental passes by most of the main attractions. I did this as the tour first, then used it as a hop on hop off for the rest of the day, and the next morning.
Remember your sun screen/hat if sitting on the upper level!
I think there is wheelchair access, the one in Granada lowered its steps for this purpose.
Breakast in Djema El Fna
For breafast in Morocco, you nearly always get
* a glass of fresh orange juice
* a café noir, acafé au lait, een thé noir, athé à la menthe or hot chocolate milk
* a basket of fresh bread with butter and jam
* an omelette or chocolate bread or croissant
You pay between 16 and Dirham per person.
But you can also buy your own breakfast in a shop (most Moroccans do it this way) and just get some tea or coffee in the Cafe
Saadians Sultans Graves
This open air cemetery is next to the Kasbah Mosque. Some of the sepulture are inside mausoleums that nicely decorated (stucco, mosaics…).
Price: 10 Dh/pers (US$1)
Open daily, except Friday morning
8am – 12pm / 2:30pm – 7pm (6pm in winter)
4 nights in Marrakech
"Some relevant considerations"
Of those who have not been, who has not heard wonderful stories of Marrakech - and probably wondered as well whether the stories are dated like those talking of all the donkeys in Spain?
Well, when it's cheaper to fly there from Manchester than taking a train to London and when you find a recommendation on this site like that for Riad Arahanta, who would not think of going?
So what about the climate for those who can't abide great heat? Morocco is supposed to be no hotter and a fair bit drier in November than England in a traditional summer.
No more excuses - so I went.
"Past, present and future"
There's plenty from the past. I visited the Marrakech Museum, the Saadian Tombs, the ruined Badii Palace, the far from ruined Bahis Palace and the Medersa Ben Youssef'
As for the present, there are still plenty of mules and donkeys used through the narrow streets, it is still like something out of a story with its souks, tothe pullers and snake charmers.
As for the future, there are plenty of the motor-bikes, smal cars and cycles that will clearly replace the mules and donkeys eventually.
"Climate and Gardens"
Why put the two together?
The truth is that November, 2007 was unseasonably hot. Temperatures were in the high 90s, fortunately made more tolerable by lacking humidity. Even so, without the gardens it would have been insufferable. There's a limit to what can be seen and I only saw the minor gardens of the old town but I did also get to the Marjorelle Gardens in the new city.
There was delightful shade and a superb display of cacti and succulents. The gardens are dear by local standards - perhaps Yves St Laurent who owns them is strapped for cash?