Ait Ben Haddou
High Atlas Mountains
Marrakech - Ourika Valley
Rissani & Merzouga
Souss-Massa National Park
is like changing dimensions, in the evening look for a tallish hotel overlooking the marketplace, entry to the roof is a dollar or two and to sip a beverage, watch the sunset and the smoke and smells of the evening meal is magical. Once you try the market by your lonesome you will hire a guide the next day! They know the maze, cost a little and protect you from the leeching street merchants who will hang a trinket from your shirt pocket and say you bought it. Hire the guide. I used a pair of headphones from the airplane to get privacy and while the average Moroccan is versed in 5 languages, they don't know "sprechen sie deutch?"... the general motto in shopping is: "if you look at it you bought it" or owe them something so you learn to look sideways or ahead but don't wear dark glasses, cause then they will assume you ARE looking :-) I should of bought a dasheeke day 1, to blend in more. My friends and I had a great time visiting the architectural sites…
is a great city. Traditional Moroccan goods, pottery, and leather in particular are great there.
Once you get there, run to your hostel then breathe! Find a cheap guide -- we paid 10 euros for the whole day and he took us for tea with his family! Don't buy anything in
, by the way. Wait until another town.
I only stayed in
for one night so I didn't get to see much, but I felt that it wasn't all that. Al Hasan II Mosque on the coast is quite a sight though.
I was in Morocco in September 2006 and I can say it's one of my favourite places on the Earth. I have visited
and liked it soooooooo much. I am going to visit it again very soon. People are friendly, everything's just perfect.
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