TRAVEL RECAP: MARRAKECH PART 1

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Marrakech DAY 1
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Our first night in Marrakech had been mostly uneventful. We landed at around 6pm, but unfortunately got caught in a customs rush at the airport and didn’t make it out of the airport until 2 hours later. We knew we just wanted to pass out and so we proceeded to do just that at the ZamZam Riad.

Day 1 was exploration day, which also means no itinerary day. Since we had a total of 4 full days in Marrakech, we had the luxury of an exploration day. This is a day to get your bearings, a day to recoup from travel and just get lost a little.  I’m so glad when we get a chance to do this. I usually don’t take a lot of pics on day 1, as I’m really just taking it all in and making mental and digital notes about streets, shops, parks I want to return to.

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CHAOTIC- is all I could say by the time we made it back to our hotel.  2 lovely British couples were staying there and we spent the evening talking about our experiences walking through the streets, totally and completely getting lost in no named streets but thankfully being saved by Google Maps; the different tactics the shop owners use to get you to notice them and their wares.  Here’s a sampling of what I believe where attempts to grab my attention:  Hey Chocolate, Cameroon (yes they got that one right), Rasta, Bob Marley (I think this was for the hubby), America, Obama…

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Marrakech Day 2:
The itinerary comprised of Jardin Majorelle, Ben Youssef Madrassa, Chabi Chic shopping and food at Nomad.

Well, what a difference a day makes. What I described as chaotic on Day 1 was already growing on me. I didn’t feel so lost and confused, the alleys that were once confusing were already so much more familiar. I didn’t even have to look at my phone to make my way back to the Riad. You should know that many young kids and some older people can easily tell the tourists apart. If you don’t want to be followed and charged for location services, then do you best to avoid looking like your lost/confused. We had a small incident where we needed a minute to get our bearings and that was more than enough to get caught in the scam. Immediately, 2 young men were like what are you looking for? Let us help you. We tried our darndest to say we were fine and we got it. Alas, it was too late, they helped us “locate” our riad which was literally about 15 feet from where we were standing and then proceeded to request payment for the service. Oh well, lesson learned, from that point on, we always made sure to look uber confident wherever we went.

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Marrakech Day 3:
We had to switch hotels, so we packed up and headed to the Royal Mansour. The Mansour’s location is closer to the Jemaa El Fnaa Square as well as the Bahia Palace, so we knew we had to make both happen. More on our stay at the Mansour in another post – too much to share.

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By Day 3, I was looking to start making purchases. I had a better idea of prices at the souk, the negotiating tactics necessary to get a deal and I knew I had to speak French if I wanted that deal. Funny thing, English speaking tourists get charged the highest- I wonder what the reason for that is- might be an assumption that they have money- the British pound is still going strong.

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TO BE CONTINUED…   For now watch Video Below – change the setting to 1080p on the wheel thingy for best quality.

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  1. Omolayo Nkem

    February 1, 2017 at 2:54 am Reply

    Awesome that you had such a great time in Marrakech. I certainly expered a lot of similar things when I went in April. Although, my friend and I also got “Rasta Pasta,” a lot…Something about our braids looking like pasta?? And we also got Michelle and Serena Williams. And I believe Janet Jackson. Lol.

    Odd about the “location service.” I remember asking for directions one time and the people on the alley helped no problem…But I guess I didn’t stick around long enough to see if they wanted something. They probably didn’t though since they were minding their business before I came to bother them with my questions.

    Anyways. Gorgeous pictures! You always look so stunning.

  2. Omolayo Nkem

    February 1, 2017 at 2:32 am Reply

    Awesome that you had such a great time in Marrakech. I certainly expered a lot of similar things when I went in April. Although, my friend and I also got “Rasta Pasta,” a lot…Something about our braids looking like pasta?? And we also got Michelle and Serena Williams. And I believe Janet Jackson. Lol.

    Odd about the “location service.” I remember asking for directions one time and the people on the alley helped no problem…But I guess I didn’t stick around long enough to see if they wanted something. They probably didn’t though since they were minding their business before I came to bother them with my questions.

    Anyways! Love the photos. You always look so stunning.

  3. Key

    August 31, 2016 at 8:05 pm Reply

    Hi Cynthia, my name is Key. I’m a huge fan of yours! I’m going through a transformation to find things I like to do and stuff because I struggle with depression. I always loved geography as a kid, so I figured traveling as a hobby might bring back some happiness in my life. I saw your Instagram page and was so inspired. I love your hair too! I was wondering if you have any tips on how you are able to travel so much and how you get your hair the way you do. I hope to hear back from you. Sincerely, Key.

    1. simplycyn

      September 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm Reply

      Heya Key, thanks so much for this, please email me at hello@simplycyn.com So much to share. Cheers

  4. Yasmine

    July 12, 2016 at 10:58 am Reply

    this looks sooo amazing!!!! I need to go!!!

  5. Deborah

    June 28, 2016 at 12:12 pm Reply

    I am totally blown away by the video, the photos! I’m so excited we’re going here in December and inspired by some of the places you’ve been. Where was the black and white tiled floor, cafe?

  6. Milly

    June 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Oh My! CYN, that video got me at hello. I love Arabic music,I play it so often my family sometimes thinks they might have brought the wrong baby home from the hospital :D. I love how you capture your trips, you make even the mundane look good.

    Milly
    http://www.millystyles.blogspot.com

  7. Aliya

    June 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing your adventures! I live vicariously through you and hope to one day become a world traveler as well. I would love details on the gorgeous gold sandals that you are wearing in the pictures and video, they are giving me life!

  8. Sue

    June 6, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

    I love the pics, makes me want to visit

  9. Brittany

    June 6, 2016 at 11:29 am Reply

    Cyn, I am in complete awe of the gorgeous pictures, your striking ensembles and the lush backdrops! We should all be so lucky to experience Marrakech so fully! The video was such a fun recap – looking forward to your follow up posts 🙂

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