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    • CommentAuthorredcrow
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2008 edited
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    Hi all,

    I'm leaving for a trip to Marrakech, Morocco this week with a couple of plane-loads of co-workers. I'd love to get some advice on what to see and do, and what NOT to see and do while there. Being a muslim country, it's not going to be a sample-the-local-beers kind of trip, but surely there are some unique liquids to imbibe and enticing foods to ingest? Has anyone been over there recently?
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      CommentAuthorWordWill
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2008
     (1895.2)
    Redcrow, I'd tell you to be on your guard with the other CCP/WW folks, as they can smell fear. That and I would suggest you find a hookah early and often. Good stuff.
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      CommentAuthormoali
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2008
     (1895.3)
    the hookah can be pretty addictive so go easy...

    you'll have to be a bastard and ignore the beggars, as most are unfortunately professionals, even the kids...

    staring at women might get you into trouble, though it depends on which area you're in...
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    learn how to haggle. and fast. you need to haggle for just about everything there.

    a few tips. they'll see you're not from there and start with a price maybe 4 times what they'd charge the locals, so either get a local to haggle for you or just be wise to this. they'll try and get you for as much as they can, and haggling can be pretty uncomfortable for people who aren't used to it, so see it as more of a game than trying to cheat them out of money. 'cause you won't be! you'll still end up spending more than it's worth...

    a tip i learnt in india is to stay withone price, if they don't budge leave or start to leave, they'll often come running after you and give you the price they want. this depends on which season it is though, in a low tourist season businesses struggle so get desperate for any sales, in high tourist season this might not work.
    • CommentAuthorredcrow
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
     (1895.5)
    Thanks for the advice guys, though I didn't see some of it until I got back. It was a great trip, and yes, there was much haggling. I found that being willing to walk away worked in most cases, either because the seller did indeed run after me, or because its easy to find similar items throughout the souks and eventually get what you want for the price you want.

    The funniest item I found in the souks was the 911 toy, with Bush in a tank chasing Osama endlessly around a track. "For ages 3 and up".
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008 edited
     (1895.6)
    Moroccan cuisine is really good. Try the grilled goat's head or snail soup they sell at the stands on the big square! Or if that's too exotic, just have some freshly squeezed orange juice, which is the best orange juice in the world. Oh and you can have a beer at some restaurants. Just don't try the hashish you'll be offered on the street, that may get you into trouble.

    If you venture into the vast market area which covers almost the entire heart of the old city, it may be best to not do so on your own, as you'll be a likely target for "faux guides." They're the people offering to show you the best parts of the city, but they'll just take you on a wild goose chase and lead you to his cousin's restaurant. They're not dangerous, but they can be very annoying and they're almost impossible to get rid of. Ignoring them is easier when you're with a group.

    If you've got some time, go to Essaouira, a beautiful old city at the Atlantic coast or take a trip into the Atlas mountains (with a professional guide)

    edit: d'oh! Just saw you've already been there
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    Great set of photos redcrow - especially like the aeriel shot showing the geometric patterns in the street layout.

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