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25.8.15

Marrakesh, Morocco - Day 2

Day 2 was the first day we actually ventured outside, but let's rewind ...

Day 1 - The Evening

... came as it does. Of course we explored the hotel and were super impressed with the facilities including the spa, overall decoration of the reception and the pool area. We promised ourselves that we would nap for a little while and then wake up and go for an evening stroll because of our early start in London - however, we woke up at a ridiculous time (around 9/10pm) and by that time it was too late to go out so we went down to the bar and chilled. 


La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco


Breakfast

... was awful from the first day right up until the last - having more than one cup of juice was a problem. It was described as a buffet but in reality didn't come anywhere close.

The Heat

... was a foe, for me anyway. It was suuuuuper hot (averaging 35-40 degrees for the week we were there) and I found myself tired although I knew I wasn't (if that makes sense?!). But it was such a beautiful change from London; the African sun always looks out for my skin! This was us after just walking down the street, LOL

La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
This roundabout became our landmark that we were nearly 'home'

I wore

... pretty much what I would wear in London, if not more daring as the heat was just that tough. I did a lot of reading because I am aware Morocco is a Muslim country and didn't wish to offend anyone but they're pretty tolerant. Obviously there was the odd gaze and unwarranted interest here and there. What I would say is that if you'd like to avoid all of that and blend in, wear the traditional kaftans.

The Old City

... contains the souks which was one of the must-see/experiences of Marrakesh so we headed that way. There were taxis parked outside the hotel so each time we left we were 'chased' down the streets being offered deals to explore the city - the hotel man told us to avoid these. I think I mentioned before that the locals are super helpful and made every effort - sometimes too much - to help us find our way. Although we had a map which was written in French, the road signs were in Arabic and some roads didn't even have any. A common problem also was that many of the winding roads in the old city weren't on the map. So after following one or two people, we took our chances and just decided to get lost within the Old City. This is when we bumped into two girls from Australia who  befriended us. Soon we found ourselves following another local (again) who took us on a surprisingly interesting tour ... gratis.
We encountered our first haggling experience with an elderly man who owned a small shop selling leather bags, rugs and traditional Moroccan garments. I personally didn't buy anything because it wasn't as cheap as I was expecting - the prices he would accept were pretty much the same as in London because I would say they're generally all clued up on exchange rates. But it was a lovely experience, served with their traditional tea and photographic opportunities.

(The wall separating the Old and New Cities)
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, MoroccoLa Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco

The Riad

... that we visited was spectacular. From the outside, it looked like your average plain wall, but when inside, they open up into majestical green spaces with such a Moroccan atmosphere. The host was very welcoming - albeit the name of her Riad has slipped my memory - as we knocked and she allowed us to explore the courtyard, the rooftop pool and surrounding scenery. Riads are large traditional houses built around a central courtyard that have been converted into hotels. I think staying in a Riad offers the true traditional experience of staying in Morocco whilst the hotels in the New City remain modern and 'a home away from home' per se.

La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco


Mx

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23.8.15

Marrakesh, Morocco - Day 1

I went on holiday with Bev - an individual I've known since secondary school and whom can not be described with words but only experienced  - to MARRAKESH!!

Travelling
.... started early. We went from Luton Airport for reasons still unbeknown to both of us but it wasn't a daunting experience, there were regular trains from Blackfrias to Luton. It was a pretty uneventful train ride there - I was the star of Bev's snapchat far more than I would have liked. We arrived quite early, I think our flight was to depart at 0640 and we got there around 0300 - better early than late. HOWEVER, I usually fly out of Gatwick / Heathrow which are always bustling no matter the time of day but Luton was a whole other situation. The airport was STILL - nothing was open, nothing to do, minimal places to sit, very dull, lacking in technology, super small .... basically I could go on but I can say that was the first and last time. 

RyanAir
... are money hungry, but who didn't know that?! Flying with them will ALSO be the first and last time. Firstly, we were charged an extra £50 to have 1 15kg checked-in bag which wasn't made known before booking the packing. Secondly, the flight departed around 30 minutes late and no sort of decent apology or sincerity was shown for the inconvenience caused.  Me and Bev both bought meal deals (Boots) from the terminal because airport food is crazy expensive and they were just about opening when we needed to board. Nonetheless it was a super pleasant flight, no turbulence and the plane did its job I guess - I got there.

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Marrakesh Menara Airport
... is beautiful! Stunning architecture both inside and outside. I was taken aback by how elaborately decorated the smoking areas were. Due to the fact that their currency - the Moroccan Dirham - is closed, we were forced to convert at the airport but later discovered that it's cheaper to do outside where you'll get better value for your money. Bev was definitely ready with the haggling because we were quoted a ridiculous price to take us to our hotel - only a ten minute drive away - but she did what she does and we secured a far cheaper price. Strangely enough we weren't identified as British but American. One thing I would say is that the staff were very kind and helpful - that goes to say for all the nationals who we came into contact with.

La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco

My French
... was and as I type, still is rusty as hell. I did French a couple of years ago for GCSE but when you don't continue to practice, yada yada yada ...
So Bev was pretty much in charge of translating most (93%) of my wishes to the locals. I remained basic for the whole trip. Most spoke French, a few only Arabic and the occasional both - in my experience. 

Taxi
... was of the kinds you see in the movies. Very old, antique but retained a certain 'je ne sais quoi' and I quickly grew quite fond of them. Seat belts weren't an issue but for the sake of valuing my life, I wore mine, I don't think Bev did though LOL. Their driving is civilised on well maintained roads - in the new city that is.

La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco

Hotel
... was Dellarosa Hotel Suites and Spa. As we had to wait to check-in, we explored the spa that was apart of the hotel; I booked myself in for a manicure and pedicure whilst Bev experienced a Hammam wrap which she promised to do at least another time before she left - said she was lifted to heaven and then some.
I will provide a more detailed account of our stay later on in my chronicles.
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She's either super tall or I'm super short - you decide
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco
La Mode D'Emm Marrakech, Morocco

Mx
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17.8.15

the one with the cup

Heyyyy!!

Hope ya'al are well!

Me and Burns were out in Central London and bought fraps - hers is always something I hate (too much chocolate and big clumps of things) and mine is a standard strawberries and cream (mmmmmmm!). I think we were meandering down from Oxford Street towards Covent Garden via Carnaby Street - where we stopped to take these pictures.

La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots
La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots
(Hat - bought from a friend, Coat - HM, Top - ASOS, Jeans - River Island, Shoes - ASOS, Bag - TKMaxx)
I don't even know what that facial expression is - certainly candid! I don't know if it happens to you, but everytime I have a frap from Starbucks, there's always a sizeable chunk left at the bottom and I feel a way when I have to bin it. I guess I got fed up because me and my spoon-straw were ALL up in the bottom of that cup - my right eye even went back too, LOL! In honour of how significant this event was, Burns has provided ya'al with detailed snapshots of how it all went down ...

La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots
La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots
La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots
La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots
La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots
La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots

 Silly snaps against a random backdrop off Carnaby ...

La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots

La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots

La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots
La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots

 ... and the photographer herself ...

La Mode D'Emm Carnaby Street Black HM Duster Coat ASOS Cut Out Boots

Until the next,
Mx
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