Upon arrival into Marrakech Morocco, we didn’t instantly fall in love. As Alan described in our Driving in Morocco post, it was dark and there was an instant unfamiliar buzz and chaos. Here we will share with you some tips for Morocco with kids, specifically in Marrakech, but these tips would work for most tourists spots around the globe. As with any destination, regardless of their economics, you need to use your common sense. We do understand, at times, it is easier said than done. Continue reading
When it comes to experiencing new things, we all have our favorites. Alan and Anya are always up for a new adrenaline rush and if it looks like a thrill they are all over it. I am always up for joining in with the locals and just being part of whatever local tradition is happening. When it comes to trying new foods, Lars is the taste testing Man! He loves to experience and taste new foods. He is far more courageous than the rest of us, and an inspiration to get us to go beyond our food comfort zones. Continue reading
Prior to visiting Morocco, I envisioned a desert terrain with various shades of brown and red, with perhaps a pop of green here and there in nature. Once we arrived, the terrain was exactly as I envisioned, but there was a nice surprise waiting for us. As we spent our time exploring Marrakech, we were surrounded by pops of beautiful color around the city. So much so, that we couldn’t stop taking photos of the beauty. I guess in most places many of these things would just blend in. But when layered against the back drop of the terracotta colored Medina Walls, it was something that stopped us in our tracks every time. Continue reading
With our trip to Morocco in the books, I figured I would do a post on what it was like to drive in the country. Since I’m writing this, and you’re reading it, it’s obvious to say, “We survived!“. Obeying the “Rules of the Road” was a bit difficult at times, Continue reading
When we take a trip many people ask where we have stayed, as well as the price. We don’t think of ourselves as the type of family that is bare bones with accommodation, nor are we the 5 star resort regulars. We tend to stay in places that are comfortable with each of us having a little elbow room. We don’t need many of the bells and whistles, but we do need wifi, and running hot water. An extra bonus is when breakfast is included or we are in the ideal location for activities.
Well on this trip we managed to sneak in a little bit of everything, partially due to our unexpected change in itinerary. I will give you list of where we stayed and a little about what we thought. Continue reading
As Heidi mentioned in previous posts, we stayed in the Medina while we were in Marrakech and Essaouira. If you go to Morocco, checking out the local Moroccan Souks are one of those “must do” type of things. We had fun getting lost (not really), and just wandering around. In this post, I’ll talk about our experiences walking through the various souks (marketplace or bazaar). It’s fun to show the kids a different way of buying and selling goods. Continue reading
Oh how we enjoyed our time in the Marrakech Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I know some of you may be asking, “What the heck is a Medina and why are you meandering in it?”
The word “Medina” means city or town in modern-day Arabic. A Medina is the old part of a town/city found in many countries of North Africa. Of course Morocco is in North Africa, so there you go! The Medina is usually a walled area with a labyrinth of narrow streets, homes, palaces, souks (an Arab market or marketplace; a bazaar), and usually a plaza of some kind. Most areas of the Medina are car free, but as you will see in our photo walk, they aren’t scooter, bicycle, or donkey free.
So…Where to begin? I am probably the least qualified to write this post. Why? Well, it’s about food, and as you know, I’m the least Foodie person here at Wagoners Abroad. I’m more of a Meat & Potatoes kind of guy, so when Heidi told me that we were going to do a cooking class while in Morocco, the conversation went something like this:
I guess you have figured out that I like to plan, or at least appear that I am planning. Truth be told, I am really a “Go with the Flow” kind of person, but with researched options at the ready. I do find it enjoyable to research all of our options and see what trouble we can get into, as well as duration and costs in advance. That is about where my planning usually stops. I over research and we don’t usually partake in half of what I have researched.