Don't know what happened to the last blog, but most of it seems to have disappeared!
That's the second time I've had to redo a blog - maybe this is not the best site to be using!
Ok- so after leaving Casablanca we had a home stay in a spectacular little village called Moulay Idriss. A very steep climb to our accommodation that required some poor little donkeys (apparently they're used to it) to carry everyone's bags up. Had a great night there getting to know other members of the group( 16 of us in total) and really enjoyed the home cooked couscous and tagines. I now know how to cook couscous correctly- funnily enough it's not quite as easy as the packets tell us! But then the grains in those packets aren't of the same quality either. Having seen what to use and how it's done I'm looking forward to having a oh when we get home.
After leaving Moulay Idriss the next morning we stopped in to look at some wonderful Roman ruins at Volubilis. Saw some pretty impressive mosaics there - some of them in remarkably good condition. Those Romans sure knew what they were doing - Volubilis is in the heart of the Moroccan food bowl - extremely fertile land.
Volubilis was our stop before catching a train to Fes.
What a jaw-dropping place Fes is! With a population of about a million it's not recommended that you go into the medina without a guide and of course not to venture away from the group/guide. The medina is a labyrinth of alleys that seem to all look the same! Lionel will attest to this - as he managed to get lost .....although he claims we walked off without him....which of course we did ......we just thought he was with us. Anyway, he zigged when he should have zagged and after eventually finding his way out of the medina caught a taxi back to the hotel.
Our last night in Fes was New Year's Eve so the group decided to have a Fes hat party to celebrate. The hotel very kindly allowed us to take over their restaurant, so we ate pizzas (yes....pizzas!) and drank red wine. Great night - lots of fun!
Next day was a long train ride (7 hours) to Marrakech.......excellent opportunity to catch up on sleep missed the night before. Early dinner and bed before a day of sightseeing.
Checked out the palace and large mosque before venturing into the medina- not nearly as scary or crowded as Fes, but still plenty to see and buy!!
Had a very interesting eating experience at the night market in Marrakech- been there, done that, don't need to do it again. Apart from the overwhelming smells, the food on offer included sheep's head and brains.....say no more!!