“Marrakech’s Eleven”

The synchronized water fountain at the south end of the Menara Mall in Marrakech. Draws a crowd every night.

Not as good as the Bellagio in Vegas by a long shot, but then again, the only money I lost while in Marrakech was on wine and caviar. (Very affordable caviar).

And ya know… for just a moment there I thought I saw Elliott Gould offering George Clooney and Brad Pitt cigars.

Now that I’ve remembered how to embed videos on You Tube, I’ll take much longer videos, since I don’t have to worry about MB size.

Sunny, warm Marrakech

Arrived in Marrakech late yesterday afternoon and am very happy to be here. This should be fun.

Didn’t “take the train from Casablanca going south,” but a plane from Fes headed in the same direction. So I find myself with weather 10 or more degrees warmer than the last few days, and a far more modern city than either Chefchaouen of Fes, and nicer than Tanger.

View from my room, dusk, at Meridien N’Fis. Five nights. Gotta love hotel loyalty points.

What’s particularly nice is that, for the first time in a week, I’m in one place for the next five night. Stayed over last night at Riad Noos Noos, an absolutely amazing guest house in the medina area of Marrakech. Guesthouse. More like a small mansion. With a restaurant. And an actual in house hammam.

I’ll spare you my happy babbling at scoring such a wonderful lodging at a really affordable price, but tomorrow I will post about my experience with my first ever hammam, a traditional Moroccan full body scrub that exfoliates your entire skin surface and opens up all your pores.

Followed by a massage. Was an amazing experience. I floated out of the place.

More tomorrow. Been taking it easy today. I miss Chicago and numerous people, but not the weather.

Stay warm.



The amazing Fes Medina

Will post more about the Fes Medina, the oldest settled site in North Africa, and home to the world’s oldest university, founded 1,000 years ago.

For now, several photos.

Working processing skins and dying them, as they have for hundreds of years in Fes.
Primary manner of moving goods in the 1,000 year old Fes Medina.
One of the 9,000 streets in the old medina. You’ll get hopelessly lost without a guide.
Spices and fruits at one of the 10,000 – ten thousand – vendors in the medina.

No escaping the idiocy, even seven time zones away

Please excuse a political comment. But I’m sitting in a 600-year old Moroccan house in the midst of the oldest medina in North Africa, reading the news, and I see that the UnPresident of the decidedly not United States of America has shoved his foot solidly in his stupid face once again.

As Jeff Dunham’s grumpy old man puppet Walter would say, “Dumb ass!”

I can just imagine him asking staff, “Yeah, but we’re still going to Tennessee, right? Just New Orleans, not Nashville?”

For the rest of my trip, when people ask me where I’m from, I’ll think I’ll make like the Cone heads from SNL and say “France! I’m from France.”

OK. No more politics. Back to the travelog.