Well here we are in Marrakech. Wow, what an attack on the senses. We arrived about noon and checked in to our wonderful riad. Our hostess Vivienne is away in France and we were met by 2 of the loveliest people, Ahmed and Soumia. We believe they are the caretakers of the riad. They are just wonderful. We are the only ones staying for now. A Japanese couple are due to arrive in a few days. The riad roof-top terrace is our favourite place and a great respite from the busy medina outside the front door. We will be spending much of our time relaxing here. It is gorgeous and sunny and plenty of shade with cool breezes. Soumia brings us fantastic mint tea and it is so relaxing. And the wifi works great from here also.
Plus there are 2 resident trouble-makers, Vanille and Gizmo.
In the afternoon of our first day we went for a walk into the surrounding area. The narrow little streets and pathways are just full of shops and stalls and everyone trying to sell you something. Not quite as aggressive as we expected but full on just the same. Later in the afternoon we went in search of a place for dinner. The Tagines are unbelievably delicious.
Most of the restaurants have roof-top terraces where you can sit and have a drink and watch the sun set over the city. The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque dominates the skyline and you can see it from everywhere in the medina. This makes it a good landmark for when you emerge from the market streets and have no idea which way you are facing. It looks amazing during sunsets. 5 times a day the call to prayer is sounded over the loud-speakers of the many mosques in the area. It is quite a sound as each mosque seems to have a different call and they are not synchronized of course so they seem to be competing to be heard. It’s great. We will venture out into the market today for some photos.