A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

More Marrakech...

What can I say about magical Marrakech that I didn't say back in July?
The temperature was a little cooler... 29 to 33 degrees Centigrade!!!



















We left home at midnight to drive to Luton Airport and were in Marrakech at 9.15am.
After dropping our cases at my cousin's we walked in glorious sunshine to Jemaa El Fna, the most famous square in Morocco.
















We then made our way to the Ryad (Moroccan house turned into a hotel) which my cousin J. will be managing once the alterations are finished by the end of December.
His boss, a London fashion photographer is very impressed with J's contribution. After all he speaks all three languages needed to get things done in Morocco, Arabic, French and English. His haggling ways have saved thousands of Dirhams.






















We then had a light lunch at a restaurant called Kechmara, which is Marrakech spelt an odd way. (Photo)
















After a short siesta we headed for Le Comptoir, a spellbinding restaurant-cum-night club.
In an outdoor seating area, with scattered leather cushions and low tables and chairs we sipped on delicious Mojitos while perusing a French-Moroccan menu.
The food was very good and so were the Moroccan wines.
As we ate, the lights were dimmed and the music changed from Buddha Bar to gently thumping. A group of suited gentlemen seated one either side of a sumptuous staircase played a mix of old Andalusian-Moorish favourites as we climbed to the first floor where a thousand candles lit up a most beautiful lounge.


















In danced a woman balancing a huge tray of candles on her head, followed by a few more belly dancers. Young, beautiful and slim they wriggled their lower bodies frenetically at times then very sensually. The audience was enthralled and spellbound.



















































More next time...

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10 Comments:

Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough, said...

Blimey, Marrakesh has changed a bit since I was there fifteen years ago. It was all still a bit rustic even then. The whole riad thing hadn't happened, except for a few wealthy individuals. Hassan II was still alive and on the throne. A bit of regime change does a world of good ...

19/11/07 1:44 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Daphnee, I'm not sure what it was like 15 years ago, but I really love present-day Marrakech.
It is still very rustic but the new drive towards modernity is taking place at breathtaking pace.
Mohammed VI is a young king who's making sure that Morocco is being counted despite all the region's strife.
BTW, Moroccan couscous IS very similar to Algerian though not as tasty, I must brag.

19/11/07 2:18 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Your photographs are stunning Cream, the colours are beautiful. Sounds like you are in love with Marrakech!

19/11/07 6:08 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Thanks Akela. The reality is even better.
You're right, it's a place that's getting closer to my heart with every visit.

20/11/07 2:10 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

I'm supposed to be going next week. I've got the accommodation all sorted but just can't decide whether to go. You make it look very tempting x

20/11/07 5:30 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

I'm in heaven. Please post more, more, more! Our colors are so drab, so uninspired, so washed out next to this vibrant burst of color!

21/11/07 2:13 AM  
Blogger Queenie said...

You make it sound like a wonderful dream, so pleased you enjoyed your stay.

22/11/07 12:52 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

ooh-la-la I see your eyes lingered on the dancing ladies... Very exotic and erotic it must be... All of the senses are tapped in this amazing place! You have been to nirvana several times as of late, you must be truly happy right now?

22/11/07 7:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

You do have the life...

24/11/07 2:42 PM  
Blogger Kumar said...

Great pictures, I like them a lot, as Marrakech is the most beautiful city in the world in my point of view.
Like many North African and Middle Eastern cities, Marrakech comprised both an old fortified city (the m├ędina) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz). Also I know that the Medina of Marrakech is a UNESCO World Heritage site. That's why buy in Marrakech property now is very popular!
Local delicacy that the Moroccans make so well are grilled meats. Chicken and lamb pieces on skewers, cooked to tender perfection and beautifully seasoned and juicy sausages made with ground lamb. And famous hot mint tea served from a traditional Moroccan teapot and in locally made tea glasses.

7/12/07 11:18 AM  

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