Saturday morning and first job was to say goodbye to friends we had met on the tour, hugs and promises to keep in touch were given and last to leave were Graham and Jill who we had first met in Burgos....seems a very long time ago!
After everyone had departed we had about an hour before the mini bus arrived to pick us up. Just before we did so, the man from the shop came and told us to move our motorhome next to the shop. "Better place, I looky looky for you." We did in fact move it but what we knew he meant was that he would want us to give him some money for looking after it!
Everything was piled into the minibus and off we set at the speed of light again, Mohammed (the driver) talking on his mobile phone, not giving way at roundabouts and generally scaring the s*** out of us.
After a while, several grey hairs later we arrived at the designated parking spot and imagine our surprise when we saw Ric, Aoife and Emer (Aoife's mum) just disappearing down an alleyway. We shouted for them, they heard us and waited. Meanwhile barrow boy wars were happening at the back of the minibus, some violent argument had erupted between two lads who haul luggage or what have you in carts down the narrow alleyways. Fortunately there was room for our luggage on the handcart that R, A and E's luggage was in, so we left them behind being dragged off each other. This is where we are staying. "our" riad
At the riad we were introduced to the ladies who cook and clean and then shown around. It is on 3 floors and is open to the sky in the centre, the ground floor has the kitchen and one bedroom and bathroom. The middle of the ground floor houses a small plunge pool which must be very refreshing in summer. The next floor has two more bedrooms and a bathroom and a lovely cosy sitting room and an outdoor reading area. Then it's up again to the roof terrace with seating, a shady corner and, we soon discovered, two tortoises! Nigel and I chose the downstairs room as being most practical for the dogs.
|Outdoor covered seating/dining area|
Meanwhile, Belle and Dash decided to amuse themselves by chasing each other around the terrace....good fun as long as you don't trip over a tortoise.
|Circuits on the terrace|
Later we walked down to the main square Djemma-el-Fna and had some street food, the hassling to eat/buy/have a henna tattoo has to be witnessed to be believed. Tired from our busy day, we headed back to the riad after eating, past snake charmers, acrobats, monkeys, dancers and musicians and an old man with a mat down on which were a puppy, a hedgehog, a guinea pig, a falcon and several pigeons. What that was about we are not at all sure! It was a much needed early night for all of us.
Sunday 23rd December
|First picture of Ric and I together for years!|
|View from our lunch spot, storks also gone for lunch!|
|Interesting cactus at the Majorelle gardens|
Back at Djemma-el-Fna we threaded our way between the entertainers again and decided to go up to a rooftop cafe for some more tea and a look over the square and were rewarded for the climb up the stairs by a spectacular sunset behind the mosque.
Back at the riad, intending to go out again later for something to eat, instead we snacked on dates and nuts, had a rum and coke or two and decided that we were all too tired to go out again.
Tomorrow is another day in Marrakech.......