Impressions about Morocco

Yes, we had part of an amazing trip in Morocco. We had part of cultural shock, but also became richer, more knowledgeable as we learned about their way of living, food, ideology and history.

We are taking advantage of our time left in Marrakesh by going back to our favorite places, having our favorite food, get a final massage and chill for the rest of the evening at the rooftops of beautiful Marrakesh.

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The best camel ride in Marrakesh

The best camel ride in Marrakesh – Day 3 in Morocco

Love waking up in the morning and watch the sunrise. Amazing to see the the wide horizon with the Atlas mountains in the far distance turning red and the cool air warming up.

Exiting day, we are going to experience the camel riding in the desert. Well it’s not the real desert or the well known Sahara desert, but is an arid place with palm trees and a barber settlement just outside of Marrakesh.

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Although we would have loved to go to do the Sahara Desert trip, it is about a 6-700 km away. So doing a trip there takes about 2-3 days.

In fact almost all the major cities in Marroc are at a high distance from each-other – 300 to 500 or 600 km away from Marrakech.

This is the reason why we decided to experience the camel ride locally and than explore a bit more the other cities in Maroc.

As soon as we arrived to the desert they gave us the traditional cloths and we felt really cool in it. Getting on the camel was a bit scary, but within no time we were on the go.

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Going on the camel is really bumpy and you have to hold tight to stay put on the camel. We were riding across this area for about 1h. Somewhere at half of the journey we reached to the barbar village and we were able to see the school, some houses, the mosque and some kids playing soccer.

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1 hour on the camel it was more than enough, so really happy that we opted for this ride instead of the Sahara one.

We arrived back in the afternoon to Marrakech, chilled around the table, tea, coffee, fresh juice, food for about an hour and had a good talk.

We tried some other dishes this time so I order some cus cus salad, with a chicken kebab, Cristina got a B’stilla and Ciprian is always keeping it classic. Beef Tajin.

To be honest i disliked the kebab, it just simply felt not authentic, the cus cus salad is a bit sour with a strong parsley flavored. It was refreshing and pleasant, but a bit too much parsley.

The B’stilla – very interesting – it is a kind of crispy pye filled with fried chicken, cinemon powder and sugar powder. Weird combination, i know, but it actually works. I really enjoyed it. So totally recommend it in trying it out.

Oooh and yes, a must try is the mango juice, i guess we had at least 1 glass of mango juice at every meal we had in a day. DELICIOUS.

After a rich meal we went for a HAMAM, the HAMAM is well known as the Turkish bath, but it is common everywhere in the Islamic culture.

You spend about about half hour or you can do it even longer, in the sauna and apply different kind of solutions an your skin and you scrub away the dead skin.

After the hammam we had a 1 hour relaxing massage which was amazing. Ooh man, i need more massage in my life.

We ended our perfect day walking around the market.

They put a snake around my neck

They put a snake around my neck – Only in Marrakesh | Day 2IMG_4487

We are starting our day early in the morning by watching the sunset from the roof of our riad and then experiencing our first Moroccan Breakfast. We’ve been served a sweet cake, flat bread, omelet, peanut butter and a fresh orange juice.

I could definitely start my mornings like this.

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After our breakfast we went into the city to further explore the Moroccan market and our first destination was the Bahia Palace. It is a 19th century palace and it translates as the Palace of Brilliance. It was intended to be the greatest palace of it’s time.

The entrance fee is 7 EUR, but it is totally worth getting in, it holds beautiful gardens, decorated ceilings and colorful windows.

 

We continued our journey in finding the Saadian Tombs and here things got a bit tricky. We exited the markets into some narrow streets, the real Moroccan streets as we called it and we got lost.

A few kids approached us from the front and a few from behind trying to steal our belongings. I felt something is happening in my back pack and by the time I turned back I found one of the kids with his hand in my back pack. Luckily they didn’t manage to steal anything.

Yes, so here are a few Do’s and Don’ts for your visit in Marrakesh. Don’t go away from the main streets. Don’t go exploring alone. Always pay attention for these kind of situations.

One thing I love about Marrakesh, everywhere you go for 1 to 2 EUR you can find fresh juice. Of course this has it’s own story of how to make the business the most profitable, but for as cheap as 1 EUR it’s worth paying for some fresh juice.

We finally arrived to the Saadian Tombs, the longest Q we ever had to wait to see something. It was the Sultan Ahmed Al Mansur tomb from the Saadian dynasty. Unless you are a historian or your are really passionate about this stuff, I’m not sure if its worth paying 7 EUR entrance fee.

 

It is time to take a break and we stopped at a local restaurant to have some tajin. A bole of tajin cost 2-3 EUR with vegetable and beef. Of course it is a lower quality meet, than what you can get in a finer restaurant, but for this price it’s a great choice.

We walked from the Market to the Menara Garden which is a huge olive plantation where the locals come to take refuge under the tree and have a nice pick-nick. The airport is also very close to the garden, so the airport and the market is at a 30-40 min walk.

Of course if your are in Marrakesh you will come across the snake guys. What can you do when they put a snake around your neck? Well you have to pay them 20 EUR. That’s how much they are asking, but i had no money with me as it was my 1st full day in Marrakech and I got away with only 5 EUR.

Time is passing by really fast, so as soon as it got dark we went up to one of this fancy restaurant and had some more Tajin. Is there anything else beside Tajin? Well not much, but there is and I will show you more of that in the upcoming videos.