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Marrakesh, Morroco

The Guest House, Riad Basin, was located within the 11th century city wall of Marrakesh.  As we walked from the street to our riad I felt concerned in the same way I felt when I was introduced to the Favelas of Rio de Janiero.  Narrow streets with potential danger lurking at the next corner and then I realized I was in a neighborhood, everyone knew everyone’s business, the people were engaged in conversation, I was a stranger amongst friends.

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After checking in we dropped our luggage and quickly returned the the street to take our car for a tour of the city.

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Marrakesh is full of energy where you drink culture through a fire hose. A place where you can learn about yourself, history, relationships, and how generous our world is to us.

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And here are all of my new friends by night:

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If we are the questions that we ask ourselves I ask how I missed this place for so many years. Marrakesh wasn’t on my Bucket List but it should be on yours.

Tomorrow we’re off to Ouarzazate, driving south through the Atlas mountains.

May 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Marrakesh Express

DSC_0007 DSC_0010 I took the train from Casablanca to Marrakesh yesterday and was simple too tired to get this posted yesterday.  Please forgive me! 

Morocco is a Pandora’s Box of delights.  The languages (French and Arabic), the people (warm, friendly and engaging), the culture (few rules but lots of forgiveness) and warm inviting weather. This is a place where I had to let go of my British reserved and my American materialism and embrace the experience from a place of innocence.

The train was pretty well on time.  People were patient although station staff seemed to communicate in an overly aggressive fashion the announcements were pleasant, professional, informative, timely and the sound system audible (which is more than I can say for some European and American train stations).

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The train was clean, fast and efficient.  We never seems to slow down and so most of the pictures are blurry due to the speed but they capture the countryside so I thought that some would be worth sharing.

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And after 3 hours of a pleasant journey we arrive in Marrakesh:  DSC_0037

May 7, 2009 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

Riad Basin, Marrakesh, Morroco

DSC_0055 This guest house is a gem!

But if you aren’t used to walking 1/2 mile through narrow streets with people watching your every move this might not be the place for you!

I’d love to explain more about this but the web site is in French and I have only found a German brochure and I’d rather be out-on-the town in Marrakesh soaking up the experience.  I’ll try and find out more and update this post assuming I can get to this.

Meanwhile here are some pictures to capture your imagination of the raw romance of this Riad:

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Address: Riad Basin, 91-92, Derb Kbala – Kasbah Marrakech – Morocco
Tel: + 212 (0) 524 38 14 75
Fax: + 212 (0) 524 38 10 11
Email: contact@riadbasim.com

May 6, 2009 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment


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