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Farmhouse Cooking Class from Marrakech
"A private guide will pick you up from your centrally located hotel or nearby your riad at 9:30am to start the day. Board the air-conditioned vehicle and head out to a farm just outside of Marrakech. There you will be introduced to a local Moroccan cook who will lead you in how to prepare a traditional meal. The main course changes daily with vegetarian or gluten-free options available. Included in the lesson will be how to make side dishes such as bread salad and crepes. As you prepare your meal participate in the famous ""Guess the Spices"" test. In this game you will be given samples of spices that are not yet labeled then you must smell the jars to guess which spice is inside. The winner will be the one who guesses the most correct spices! Once you have finished cooking your meal
From EUR55.00
 
3-Day Private Trip to the Draa Valley from Marrakech
"Day 1: Marrakech – Aït benhaddou - Oasis Fint (D)At approximately 8:00am your driver will pick you up at your hotel or on the nearest parking area if you are in a riad. Depart from Marrakech by the Tizi N’Tichka pass and Berber villages on the side of the mountain. The driver will make various stops so you may attain beautifu for a visit to the Kasbah which dates back to the 11th century and is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. Proceed to Ouarzazate then directly to Oasis Fint a lost magnificent greenery case in the middle of nowhere. Walk alone into the Oasis if you like as the driver gives you general information about it. Head to your guesthouse where you will enjoy a late dinner. Overnight: Oasis Flint guesthouse ) Depart towards the Tizi Tiniffift pass comprised of lunar landscapes and head in the direction of Agdz. Visit Tamnougalt Kasbah and the palm grove alone. Continue along Draa valley in edge of Oued
From EUR154.00
 
Private Day Trip: Imlil Village and Kik Plateau with Lunch from Marrakech
"Your driver will meet you at your hotel at 9:00am. Leaving Marrakech in a private vehicle head through the small winding roads that go in between the rocks and steep gorges at the front end of Asni. A famous place of rendezvous for villagers throughout the region famous for its souk on Saturday. Stop for a visit by yourself at the market and the famous parking lot meeting with your local guide for a walk around to the Kasbah the waterfalls and back by a village perched on the heights of Imlil. Next have a traditional Berber meal in a family home. After lunch return to the vehicle and back with your driver to Asni road then the kik plateau where stunning valleys can be seen. There will be time for a stop at Lake Takerkoust before returning to your hotel around 5:00pm. The mountain walk does not presen
From EUR43.00

Berber Pharmacies Tips (4)

Argan oil

Argan Oil is a very rare and precious oil which has been used for centuries by the Berber tribes of Morocco and there are dozens of shops and vendors just waiting to sell some to you.
NB: Argon oil is not transparent - if you can see through the bottle/oil it is fake.
It is good for many uses such as brittle nails, dry hair, aging/dull skin, lips, stretch marks & scars, acne (I think you are mean to add henna to it for this). It's Morocco's 'cure-all'

Argan oil comes from the Moroccan Argan tree. It is produced from its kernels. You will see Berber women sitting grinding them down in the old-fashioned way... if you show interest you will end up buying! :-)

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smirnofforiginal
Jan 03, 2013

Berber Pharmacies

At least once on your wanderings around Marrakesh, You'll probably be 'invited' into a Berber Pharmacy. They vary in style, from the 'clinical' brightly lit shop, where the staff wear white coats, to the stalls in the souks, with the outside being festooned with parts of dead birds, reptiles and animals. Some of these have live terrapins and chameleons etc in tanks.

Whichever establishment you venture into, the routine is much the same - jars of spices (cumin, ginger, cardamom, Ras El Hanout -35 spice mix, etc) are opened for you to sniff, perfumed waxes are rubbed onto your skin, black cumin seeds are tipped into a muslin square, then held against one of your nostrils "for the snoring"! Mint tea " Moroccan Whiskey", Argan oil "For the wrinkles"! Arnica oil "for the bruises" Flower oils, soaps, incense, semi precious rocks, black olive oil soap "for the shower, then scrub off" (I guess this is used in the Hamman) henna, and lots more besides are flourished in front of you.

This was the first Berber pharmacy I went into, the pharmacist was quite knowledgeable. As I'm a nurse, I was quite interested in finding out about some of the remedies that are prescribed for various ailments.

I bought about 50gm of the 35 spice mix for 50dh.

Later, visiting other pharmacies, I knew 'the sales talk' and was able to just ask for the items I wanted.

I was given a pot of berber lipstick by one stall holder, after buying some argan oil and rose face cream. (These worked wonders on my skin!!)

I kept seeing small bundles of a dried plant in these places, as I passed one stall, I asked the owner what it was, he explained it was a Berber toothbrush, and proceeded to present me with one as a gift!

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suvanki
Nov 13, 2009

Visit a "Chemist" for all that ails you & more

Being curious in Marrakesh lands you in some interesting experiences... We wandered up some stairs to find this place, Tim being drawn magnetically to more Frankincense crystals. The man that owned/ran the place led us into a room, all four walls lined with a mélange of curious jars containing colorful and unusual contents. We were to sit on a bench and he put on his presentation, to us in English and to a mom and her two children who'd also wandered in, in French.

Jar after jar, he took down from the shelves, unscrewed the lids and held to our noses. I became his 'model' for applying kohl. He had me look up as he dragged the little wooden stick containing a black powder to my lower eyelid. OUCH, but wow. He rubbed chunks of fragrant wax-like musk on our wrists, and sprinkled orange water on our arms, he also gently shoved (oxymoron, i know) this little mesh pouch of dark matter practically up our nostril which we were to inhale, a sure fire cure to all sorts of headaches and such. I had a sneezing fit. Ginseng was touted as good for the memory, yes, but more importantly, Moroccan Viagra. The whole experience was cool. We walked away with all sorts of little scented delights that day.

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sunlovey
May 16, 2006

Berber Pharmacy

This was a pleasant surprise!

"...Two women taught us about the different spices and cosmetics, one by one. We even got to try some. One batch of herbs was used for clearing sinuses. They wrapped it in a hankerchief, held it up to our noses, and made us inhale. It was powerful stuff and left all of us with watery eyes. Then, they offered an oil that takes away headaches. They rubbed it on our foreheads and then gave us a massage. I was in absolute heaven! After they finished showing us everything, we made our purchases. I didn't buy any cosmetics or elixirs, but happily purchased two bags of Moroccan Mint Tea."

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Clairea
Nov 12, 2005
 
 
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