A Medina we could handle
11.13.2012 - 11.16.2012 80 °F
Every night the street vendors set up an assortment of delicious food in the Place Jemma El Fna square. For just 25 cents, we started the night with a delicious bowl of lentil soup! We then went through sampling a different local delight at each stand. We tasted pastille, tangine, soup, lentils, eggplant, potato cakes, rotisserie chicken, fried sole, spiced tea, spiced cake, and we even got the courage to try a snail! Yes – there were snails marinating in a hot broth, similar to how mussels are served in the US, but these were snails!
There was an abundance of entertainment in the square, anything from fishing for coke bottles to snake tamers and drum bands. During the day, we wandered the souks (markets) and were impressed with how many people could sell the same exact thing. It was, however, a pleasant open experience compared to Fes.
We really enjoyed our stay in Marrakech, perhaps because it was so easy to escape the madness of the souks and get out into the surrounding neighborhoods and parks. Our favorite park was a complete contrast to the donkey carts, it was called Cyber Park, and true to the name, there was wireless internet and computer kiosks all throughout the nicely shaded park… all they need next are some benches!
Wandering the streets outside the medina, we stumble across the first proper super market that we had seen in Morocco. It was a real treat to find all the amenities we had been looking for with prices on them – no bargaining necessary! Kevin was particularly impressed by the selection of Laughing Cow cheeses.
We lucked out with our hostel selection because it had a roof top terrace perfect for our little morning workouts and most importantly – for our laundry!!