Marrakech, Morocco – Big Square, Big Square??
We had originally made plans for dunebuggying on this morning but we opted out since we had already spent too much money. My cough had also only gotten worse and with there being no CVS around the corner to buy some meds, we went to the local Berber pharmacy. The Berber “doctor” asked what my symptoms were and proceeded to give me a tiny splinter of raw menthol in a cup of mint tea. He advised me to close my eyes when I sipped, which I assumed to be some additional hocus pocus, but I quickly realized this was very important! That tiny speck of menthol was enough to severely burn your eyes and take your breath away if you weren’t ready. But boy did it work! My cough immediately subsided and we purchased a tiny jar of our “crystal meth” on the spot.
The Moroccan dump truck.
Don’t get run over in the souk!
The beautiful Koutoubia Mosque in the center of Marrakech.
I believe this is one of the gates to the King’s several palaces…
We walked to the most southern point inside the medina to track down the Clock Cafe which sold camel burgers. And it was pretty dang good! You can also take cooking classes here if you please.
We then walked outside of the city wall which was a nice break from the chaotic alley streets inside of the medina.
While reading about Marrakech, I had come across the Ensemble Artisinal Market which sold Moroccan items at a flat rate with no haggling. If we were able to do one thing over on this trip, it would have been to go here FIRST! Going on the 3rd day after rugs and purses had already been purchased was too late. We realized we spent nearly 3times as much as we should have on everything we had bought. It was sickening. And a learning experience for sure! To keep things simple, we ate dinner at the riad and we had the entire dining area to ourselves. For our meal, the chef brought us the most delicious kefta tagine made with fried eggs and meat balls. The fabulous food combined with the toasty fire and bottles of wine, made for a very romantic evening, despite my coughing!
Day 5: Regretting not having bought one particular gift, we walked all the way back across the city to the Ensemble Artisinal Market. Before catching our taxi ride to the airport we stopped at the beautiful Cyberpark for some sun. What a little oasis in this crazy city!
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