Morocco

 

Morocco and Spain

March 2010


SOME IDEAS FOR Marrakesh:
STAY:
Jnane Mogador
This is the view from the roof! They have a restaurant, nice owners, a friendly staff and it is in the old city Medina
VISIT:
Saadien Tombs near Kasbah Mosque (That is where we met Miggy and Carlos the 2nd time, first we met them in the square having dinner at Stall #14: see below, and then we all went to Kosy Bar)
Kosy Bar
Palais Badii (Can skip)
Mellah (Jewish Quarter) you can go into the synoguage! It is incredible on Rue Talmud Torah

EAT: Tagine, Couscous, Oranges with Cinnamon, Bastilla
and in Djamaa El Fna Stall #14 have the fish!

We ate lots of street food which was fresh and amazing!

SHOP:
Everywhere!
Best: Gallerie Akabart El Hanafi Khalid, Mouassine fhal Cheadmi # 33/3 near Bougainvillea Cafe

TALK:
Moroccan Arabic is DIFFERENT than Arabic
Good Morning: Subah El Khir
Good Evening: M’sal Khir
Thank you: Shukran
No Thank you: Lah, Shukran
How are you? Key Dher
Good: Le Bes
Let’s Go: Yalla Habibi

ESSAOUIRA:
Can go by Supratours or CTM bus

For day trip (very windy on the beach, can ride camel or wander around and watch the kite surfers)
Walled Medina is a UNSECO World heritage site since 2001, built in late 18th century

Rally Aicha des Gazelles in March or April

EAT: Great fresh fish!
La Cantina: Mexican food by two British ex-pats 66 rue Boutouil (05 24 47 45 15)
Riad El Baraka (used to be a Jewish Day School)
Taros: for food/drinks/live music/great views
Many great restaurants, friendly people who speak some English, French and Spanish
STAY:
Hotel Riad Nakhla: 12 rue d’Agadir

I will write more about Todra Gorge and Ouarzazate and our night in the Desert! We loved staying in the Berber tents and meeting new friends from Madrid: Ana, David, Lucia and Alfonszo. They even took us out the last night of our trip in Madrid!

Lisa and George

Lisa Ellen Niver

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One response to “Morocco

  1. Hey Lisa,

    My name is Mimoun, I graduated in Cultural Studies. When I was a student, I studied Anthropology and I met several people from different cultures. In fact, they have difficulties in understanding Moroccan cultures. I spent hours and hours explaining to them the differences between Western and Moroccan culture. For example; Europeans and Americans don’t like to argue about the price; however, in Morocco, you should do it haha…
    When I graduated, I decided to write about such differences so that people can understand them and avoid any inconvenience. At the same time, create an agency, with my friends, to help visitors to explore the best places in Morocco. My mission is to answer emails and meet visitors, for a cup of tea, to talk about Moroccan culture. My website themoroccotravel

    If you travel to Morocco again, please contact me. I invite you for a cup of tea in the old medina of Fez. Our discussion about Moroccan culture will be interesting. Mimoun

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