The thing that struck me the most on our travels through the Kasbah were the façades of the old city were all the same, be it new or old, rich or poor. Unlike the American culture of showing their wealth for all to see and to envy, the Moroccan people share there paradise with whom ever enters through their front door. After leaving Marrakech did I really get that although they are slow with technological development they seem more advanced in humanity, courtesy and respect, in contrast to our progressive development and our stifled humanity. I felt as though I had stepped into the 12th century. The people were delightful, curious and kind. Places I loved Jemaa-el-Fna Square at night for dinner, must see and taste. During the day the carpetbaggers come in from all over Africa selling their ostrich eggs, porcupine quills, and amber rocks and laying them out on blankets for sale. My favorite restaurant was Le Salama near Jemaa-el—Fna Square, belly dancers and a horse carriage ride home. We stayed at La Sultana and it really made our trip even more unique and spectacular. If you don’t stay the night, diner in the atrium is very romantic and delicious.
By Gayla Fidje
Dine out in the best Marrakshi restaurants
Marrakesh has the most highly developed dining scene in Morocco, with the boutique riad boom bringing plenty of excellent restaurants in its wake. Restaurants like Dar Fenn, Gastro MK and Le Salama offer some of the finest dining experiences in the medina, with great interpretations of classic Moroccan menus, and all in beautiful surroundings. Most riads offer dining in-house, but note that some aren’t licensed to sell alcohol. The modern part of Marrakesh, the Ville Nouvelle, is where you’ll find more international restaurants, with a strong bias towards French and Italian cuisine and sushi, which has become fantastically popular in recent years.
By Paul Clammer