Travelogue: Morocco Part 2

After our adventures in the desert, it was time to drive to our next stop.

This is a madfouna, the Berber’s take on pizza. It’s more like a stuffed flatbread. Stuffed with meat — I chose chicken this time. I loved the spices they put in the stuffing.

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Madfouna
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Pizza! With olives.
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On the eastern side of the High Atlas Mountains is Todra Gorge, a series of limestone river canyons.

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Olives are delicious in Morocco
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more tagine
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We stopped by the Atlas Film Studios for a tour, where they filmed parts of The Mummy, Gladiator, even Game of Thrones.

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Aït Ben Haddou

This is an example of a kasbah called Aït Ben Haddou – a village where people lived in these buildings surrounded by high walls to protect them.

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invisible ink – for old times when lovers had to write letters to each other in secret!
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you activate the ink by heating it
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Went to see how Argan oil is made… and buy some high quality Argan products.

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snow in Africa?!

On the drive to Marrakesh, we saw snow!  We drove through the Tizi n’Tichka Pass, which is the highest major mountain pass in North Africa. 

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We’re in Marrakesh!

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We visited the Saadian Tombs which house the remains of Saadian Sultan Ahmed Al Mansour Ed Dahb. The tombs were sealed off until their re-discovery in 1917. 

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Next is the beautiful Bahia Palace. Gardens, courtyards, and intricate carvings and architecture – this was my favorite attraction.

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Look up at the ceilings always!
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After that, we had free time to go to the medina, Jemaa el-Fnaa, for food and shopping.

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We saw a lot of locals eating these snails in a spiced broth so we tried it too, so cheap and readily available! The broth had a kick to it so I drank my fresh juice to ease the spice.

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Snails
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Sheep head

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Calamari
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After eating in the market, we had our last group dinner in the city.

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Roasted bone marrow

The next day, we were free to roam. We went to Jardin Majorelle but the ticket lines were so long — then somebody gave us a tip and told us to buy tickets at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum next door. They sell combo tickets for both the museum and the garden and there was virtually no line! We did a quick run through the museum and it was actually pretty neat, but no photos allowed.

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Jardin Marjorelle

The cafe at Jardin Marjorelle was a pleasant surprise — it ended up being one of the best meals I had in Morocco.

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Hot chocolate
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Olives & oil
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Banana nutella crepe
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Beef tagine

By the end of the trip I was getting tired of tagine, but this one was amazing — the pieces of meat fell off the bones and the potatoes and broth were aromatic. I couldn’t believe how good it was at a garden cafe?!?!

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We had our last dinner at Patron de la Mer – we wanted seafood!

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I was impressed by the decor here, reminded me of Miami.

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We stumbled upon the Marrakech International Film Festival while walking back to our hotel.

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It was an amazing trip thanks to G Adventures! This is the link to the tour I took and it’s perfect for solo travelers or couples trip — no need to plan and transportation and hotels are all taken care of!

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