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Ive since been told that recently there have been some locals, starting up small shops in town to go into business and in league with other businesses around town, who taking opportunity of being at the entrance to town where tourists tend to stop and ask for directions have been telling them that whichever business they are looking for, if its not a business that they will get commission from the tourist going to it, will tell the tourist that whichever they are looking for has closed.
Such as the places Ive been recommending around town (such as Jacqui's House managed by Hassan) or out at Anmiter or Tasgha - anyone wanting to head to these places maybe getting told incorrectly and inappropriately that these places are shut or are no good to stay at. This also includes the large carpet shop Maison Nomade Berbere which is near the Palace - touts and spiteful little guys in town and at Telouet Auberge trying to discourage people from also going to this carpet shop.
Updated Mar 2, 2008
The kasbah is deteriorating - it was abandoned in 1953 when the families of the last Glaoui pasha were exiled on his death as the King had reclaimed his throne from the departing French.
The palace was contstantly being worked on when the rulers so lovingly maintained the opulence here that they wished - but little has been done since then - and gradually building by building has become unsafe and unaccessible with only one remaining abuilding.
especially whenyou look from the roof top view you can see deterioration all around. Inside some of the beautiful maqarna and paintwork has becoming damaged and cracks in the walls are not a strange site.
so see the beautiful and origingal palace while you can! The valley of Telouet is beautiful and well worth spending some time in the berber village.
The guardian with the key to the palace, is normally never far away - so if it is locked when you arrive - he should arrive shortly and otherwise head back up to the Lion Dor restaurant and they being locals will find him for you.
Written Jan 6, 2007
i strongly recommend visiting this town and lovely surrounds but a word of warning - all the local businesses will have their representative touts waiting for you to direct you to whatever services they have to offer - this can be a bit disconcerting - and as i have seen, the mob from the Telouet Auberge are particularly the worst - i was asked to come save and speak to some european girls who were being strongly accosted and taken ownership by the touts from this auberge who even tried to tell me they were going with them because they had a reservation - the girls even said themselves they had made no reservations with anyone and had not made any contact with anyone at the Telouet Auberge.
Being in the town for the length of time that i had and what i had come to hear and see of what the owner manager of this auberge will do to get customers it was a nice consolation to save them from the manhandlers and direct them to a nice quiet new place in the centre of town who had as much right to get a share of providing services for arriving tourists.
Written Sep 14, 2006