1:55pm Arrive in Marrakech/buy train ticket
3:00pm Check into Riad Hamdane et Spa
8:30pm Fantasia Dinner and Folklore Tour
11:30pm Return to riad
Arrived in Marrakech safely and without incident. Our much required hotel shuttle driver took us by the train station to buy our tickets to Tangier for Friday on the way to our lovely Riad in the middle of the labyrinthine streets of the medina. Relaxing in the warm weather on the roof after 18 hours of travel before heading out to explore…
After checking into our riad, we decided to “get lost” in the souqs near Djemma el fna…. And get lost we did!! I had read about the maze of little shops but had no real idea of how difficult it would be to navigate. Part of the culture here relies on tipping, or baksheesh, so if we asked anyone directions, they expected to be paid… Lol. (More pics of crowded streets tomorrow… I didn’t want to take my phone out too much…).
We did finally manage to find our way out in time for an evening Fantasia Spectacular dinner tour. A tour company took us out to this kind of Disneyland-esque Berber themed castle for a delicious multiple course meal, music, and dancing in elaborately furnished tents. Afterward, there was a show in an arena with horses, guns, and belly dancing. Overall cheesy, but a good time. Reuben was a hit with the ladies!