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17.01 Tuesday Marrakech vol. 2

Dear Diary,

Monday morning we woke up in the middle of Marrakech. Our night cost us only 10 euros! How? We slept on central parking in our van!

We drank a coffee and headed to the Medina (the oldest part of the city) for the last shopping. Vince haggled a good typical Berberian jacket for 40 euros, the original price was 80 euros!

After a quick stop at the car, to drop the bags, we headed towards the Bahia Palace.

There are many gardens, museums, palaces, and places to visit in Marrakech but all of them are at a cost between 7 and 13 euro.

Firstly, I don’t agree to pay such a high price in Morocco, for a super tourist trap. Secondly, If we do, we will go much lower on our budget.

It is not only about the money, but the amounts of people as well. It is absolutely packed!

If you want to take a picture, you might need to wait a few minutes, sometimes in a queue!

Due to all those reasons, we decided to choose one landmark only.

So, we were walking to the Palace, and a few people tried to show us directions (obviously the wrong one), while others told us the Palace is closed for prayer!

Prayer? In the Palace?

Okay then, as Vince and I were checking our Google Maps, another local offered help with directions and confirmed my suspicion that the palace doesn’t close for prayer. Apparently, there are few doors to enter.

We had a new mission we have to find the correct door!

“There it is…… and it is locked!”

A “friendly” group of guys tried to convince us that the Palace is indeed closed for an hour.

The confusion was real. Why are there so many different versions of the story?

Out of suspicion, we decided to make a complete circle around the high walls and find out on our own.

The Palace was open and yes, full of people.

Crowds were coming in but it felt like only a few people were going out.

Minus 14 euros and we were inside. Yes, it was nice to see but really 7 euros? Nope definitely not worth the money, especially when in Morocco you can have lunch for two for the price of 4,60 euros.

Click, Click, Click

A thousand pictures later we were out.

We were happy to leave Marrakech. I couldn’t wait to be back to the smaller villages with friendlier locals and no tourists.

On the way to our place for the night, we stopped at Carrefour and bought some snacks.

Around an hour and a half later we arrived to an Argan trees garden.

It’s dinner time! As Vince is cooking, I am writing this post and I can’t help but wonder about the big mystery around the Bahia Palace.

That’s all for today <3 We will keep you updated on everything that happens on the road during our trip.


Maggie and Vince

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