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Marrakech in My Eyes

[ 1 ] June 21, 2010 |

By Adam Axon

I think it was reading Paulo Coelho’s epic ‘The Alchemist’ which first put Morocco firmly in my mind as a must see destination. Paulo painted Morocco as a land of great mystery and ancient tradition. I was fascinated by the lure of a culture distinctly different from what I’d experienced in western society.

With a return flight to Australia looming on the horizon, my European adventures were coming to a close. I realised that if I didn’t see Marrakech before I went home

it would cast a gloomy shadow over my entire trip. In the face of rapidly depleting funds I bit the bullet and booked a week’s stay in Marrakech.

Marrakech stood out head and shoulders from other potential Moroccan destinations. Whether it was the frantic Djemaa el Fna, the Labyrinth-like Medina or the imposing Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech seemed to be filled with the mystery and tradition that Paulo had described so vividly!

You can read the rest of Adam’s journey discovering Morocco on Pg 10 in the 2nd issue of On UR Way Magazine.

 Morrocan Women

 

Adam’s Moroccan Travel Tips

 

Eat on the cheap

We found a great place the Chez el Bahia Restaurant in Marrakech. It’s cheap, tacky interior may not look like much but the well priced, high quality dishes certainly make up for it. Make sure you try the pigeon!

Go beyond Marrakech

Due to Marrakech’s central location there is a variety of choice when it comes to tours. Alongside the Atlas Mountains you could spend a few days in the Sahara desert or maybe check out the coastal town of Essaouira. Try your best to do at least one tour.

Find an underground club

You wont find this in any tour guide but the most unique experience I had was spent in an underground Marrakech nightclub with a group of new friends from the hostel. I couldn’t tell you its name, I couldn’t even tell you where it was! The only hint I can give you to get there is get in a cab after midnight and ask the driver to take you to a place where you can drink and smoke shisha pipes. That’s what we did!

 

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  1. Cheers for the advice Adam, I didnt get to stay in Marrakesh for long when i went to Morocco but cant wait to go back!

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