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    I'm planning on escaping the London rain next week for sunny Marrakech. Anyone been? Anything i should make sure i check out while i'm there? I'm staying right in the heart of the medina.
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    Food.





    Food





    and more Food.
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    aw man I'm jealous. please post pics. including pics of food.
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    beware of overly friendly locals.

    Two of canadian my friends of mine were almost kidnapped over there a few months ago.

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    say you are from Greenland.
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    Oh awesome. I was just there in March and really enjoyed it. There are so many great things to see/do, let me think about it for a minute.

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    Okay.

    DO THESE:

    Hammam - Moroccan bath house. Ask at your hotel for recommendations on a nearby one and to find out which days are for men and which for women. Worth getting a scrub-down if offered; your skin will feel baby-smooth afterwards. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after, all that sweating is quite dehydrating.

    Ali ben Youssef Medersa - The most spectacular of all the medersas I saw while visiting Morocco. Impeccably maintained 16th century koranic school with a gorgeous central courtyard and flanking rows of cell-like student rooms.



    La Bahia Palace - 19th-century once royal palace, now abandoned. Gorgeous ornate lattice work and tilework, amazing carved cedar ceilings. Try to get there early in the morning before the tour groups descend on the palace,
    and you can wander around virtually tourist-free.



    Djemaa el Fna - If you're staying in the medina, the central square will be hard to avoid. Go there at night and sit at one of the more popular restaurant stalls (look for one that is filled with locals). Also good in the mornings for freshly squeezed orange juice for a few dirhams. Probably the most iconic Marrakech experience; fun after seeing films like Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much.



    Drink lots of mint tea - Love that stuff. You can ask for less or no sugar, if you find it to be too sweet.

    EH MAYBE:

    Musée de Marrakesh - Pretty architecture; exhibits themselves are unimpressive.

    DON'T DO THESE:

    Tanneries - Gross-smelling, sort of depressing, and a local will likely try to guide you there and then ask for far too much money as a tip.

    Jardin Majorelle - Tourist trap. Nice plants, but small and overpriced entry fee. Also quite out of the way so necessitates a taxi ride to get there.



    Letting a guide show you around the souks - Better to wander alone. If you get disoriented, just follow the stream of people and it will generally lead to the exit.



    That's all I can think of for now. You're gonna have fun!!
    Last edited by Courtney; 09-28-2007 at 02:17 PM. Reason: + photos

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    What the hell is a Maratech?

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    Damn, Courtney. You had me sold on a trip there BEFORE I saw the pics. That is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CuervoPH View Post
    Damn, Courtney. You had me sold on a trip there BEFORE I saw the pics. That is awesome!
    courtney is the best ... she always has something to say or a pic that adds some meaning to a thread .... and smart to boot canx**
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    Ta! Much appreciated.
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    courtney has it right on.

    hit up the hammam regularly. ask for no sugar in the mint (or pine nut, my favorite) tea. Beyond that, have an amazing time.

    Be respectful, it is Ramadan right now. I would highly recommend fasting and then participating in the breaking festivities at night. It's in full swing now, so most nights are all out parties.

    and as for guides in the souks, anyone that asks you if you need help finding something will probably turn out to be a guide that asks for money. To avoid uncomfortable situations, simply say no thank you when they ask to show you themselves.

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    Don't buy a monkey's paw.

    For your health

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    Just got back, and it was a great trip (helped a lot by Courtney - thanks). Took in Ali ben Youssef Medersa, La Bahia Palace, consumed tons of mint tea on the terraces overlooking the madness that is Djemaa el Fna, got lost in the Souks, ate pigeon (as you do), dodged crazy motorists and worked on my tan. Photos to follow.
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    I don't give a flying fuck about the Kardashians, I doubt they know who Belle and Sebastian are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofhal View Post
    ate pigeon (as you do)

    did you have bistella (bisteeya)? i love that stuff. man. mmmmmmmmmmmm damn i'm hungry now.
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    Is it the same at Pastilla? Does it look like this? Does it taste like heaven?

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    well, for all intensive porpoises it is, will sell out within seconds tomorrow.
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    I don't give a flying fuck about the Kardashians, I doubt they know who Belle and Sebastian are.

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    yeah that's it (there are a bunch of ways I've seen it transliterated). but that's definitely it. man is that good stuff or what.
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    Awesome.

    Hi Chris. Pictures please.

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    Just uploading some now - give me a few minutes.
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    well, for all intensive porpoises it is, will sell out within seconds tomorrow.
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    It's jsut dawned on me that I'm overly confident and a extremely ocd perfectionist.
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    I don't give a flying fuck about the Kardashians, I doubt they know who Belle and Sebastian are.

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    Sorry patience is not my strong suit. I'm gonna go sit in the corner now.

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    OK - here goes. I'll keep adding as i upload more.


    View of the sunset over Djemaa el Fna



    Inside Medersa Ben Youssef



    Plant in garden of La Bahia Palace



    Archway in Medersa Ben Youssef



    Ceiling in Medersa Ben Youssef
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    well, for all intensive porpoises it is, will sell out within seconds tomorrow.
    Quote Originally Posted by korbinn View Post
    It's jsut dawned on me that I'm overly confident and a extremely ocd perfectionist.
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    I don't give a flying fuck about the Kardashians, I doubt they know who Belle and Sebastian are.

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    That ceiling is gorgeous. I want one.

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    Some more


    Archway in the Souk



    Inside La Bahia Palace



    Ben Youssef Medersa



    More sunset over Djemaa el Fna
    Quote Originally Posted by JustSteve View Post
    well, for all intensive porpoises it is, will sell out within seconds tomorrow.
    Quote Originally Posted by korbinn View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by kroqken View Post
    I don't give a flying fuck about the Kardashians, I doubt they know who Belle and Sebastian are.

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