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MOROCCO | Wednesday, 29 January 2020 | Views [43]

We started the day as the title suggests, City Tour Marrakesh; a hop on, hop of style bus service. It’s not free, but at about $16 each, it is of the cheaper ones we have done. The bus was standard and the route was short; albeit we only did one of two routes today.

 


We tour around for the approximately hour route, hearing the history of the city. The most interesting, to me, was the fact that the Marrakesh population is predominantly young with around 70 percent under 30.

 

We saw camels.

 

Nice warm sun.

 

And a Canadian flag... kinda.

We hopped off at our hotel and headed North.

Without a plan, we just wandered the streets just making turns following the crowds of locals. We even got stuck for a couple minutes in what I thought was local rush hour, but was more like a local dispute in an insanely narrow passage for cars, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians and my favourite, donkey carts!



We were enjoying the simple life of locals so decided to stop at a park.

 

And for some tea!

 


We surprisingly arrived to a neighbourhood that was suggested by our cooking class. The souk contained local made ceramics. To our surprise the prices were much higher than in the tourist areas for basically the same stuff. So much so that the vendor laughed at our first price and simply asked his son to return the merchandise to its place.

The walk certainly was not a waste, we enjoyed being out of the incessant pestering by vendors in the tourist areas! 

Feeling confident that the market prices were fine, we found a nice vendor that let us look without being pestered. We purchased a variety of bowls at ‘fixed’ prices and he even through in a freebie.

 

We arrived back to our hotel and Ann took a nap while I got some provisions to make some Moroccan inspired risotto.

Of course I had to make chicken stock.

Fresh peas and mushrooms.

Olives covered in harissa were amazing. 

 

We enjoyed a Moroccan bottle of wine and our delicious risotto and just relaxed. Best part of a vacation sometimes is just pumping the breaks and taking things slow.

 

 

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