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Marrakech Day 2 [Jan. 26th, 2017|05:42 pm]
Friday 13 January: Marrakech - Day 2 : Koutabia Mosque, The Saadian tombs, El Badi Palace, Cats, Storks and still managed to be ripped off by an Imam

That day we were ready to be strong, say NO and within 1 min leaving our Riad we got ripped off by an Imam!
To be honest he was a very nice guy, studied in Newscastle, he was the man responsible for waking us up at 5.30am everyday ( i do not mind that bit as very exotic..on a 4 days holiday)...however even a normal conversation on religion , explaining what event were happening that day (lots of blind women in our street) ..ended up in with come inside i will pass you a nice little map by he way opps here my charity shop...everyone give us stuff and you can buy it...we tried to escape offering donation in a box...but that didn't happen...in the end we picked a random ring in there...he pretended it was valuable, and we end up with some sort of grid system ..each making offer and then the haggling happen...as always started so high..we paid a lot for a crappy ring that broke same day...but it was for charity !!!!!!!!

few pics before stepping outside..trying exploring my inner exotic vibes :)

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Around Koutabia Mosque, the largest one in marrakech and it's gardens. Bitter oranges on all the trees in the street (they are extremely bitter indeed ). Shame cannot visit mosque for non muslims

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water seller
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 gardens around it
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The Saadian tombs

Date back from the time of the sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored. Very colourful and some stunning details. Weird that the tourist stuff where you are the most at ease, entry a cheap £1, quiet and no one hassling you

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We also went to a government run 'artisan' shopping centre where prices are fixed and hawkers are banned. It's not a 'real Morrocan' experience but it did allow us a bit of relaxing browsing of traditional crafts and the slightly-less-traditional Geiger-themed furniture before hitting those crazy scary labyrinthine streets again.

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We then had another amazing lunch on some roof terrace,  the only way to escape..planning our route beforehand trying to go between the tombs and palace without too much hassle (crazy it comes to that but only way..sunglasses, look straight ahead, ignore and shout NO)

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El Badi Palace

A ruined palace commissioned by the Arab Saadian sultan Ahmad al-Mansur, sometime shortly after his accession in 1578, After the fall of the Saadians and the rise of the Alaouite dynasty, the palace entered a period of rapid decline. Sultan Ismail Ibn Sharif stripped the building of its contents, building materials and decorations, to be used in the construction of his new palace in his new capital at Meknes

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lots of storks
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and sunken gardens
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and cats...cats everywhere
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more cats and roofs
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pretty door in the streets
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in the evening we returned to our Riad and they found us a lovely bottle of Maroccan wine . No idea from where but much appreciated.  we were trying to find energy to go back outside when they invited us to share their dinner and chat about their country. That aspect was so so nice .

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