In mid-April, we started our two week journey to Morocco!! We began in Marrakesh, spent a few days in Rabat (seeing Casablanca on the way), and ended in Fes. It was a trip full of cultural emersion, which I will not do justice to in our photos, but I will certainly try. And all this “we” talk.. yes, we took Wyatt. What an amazing experience to see the country through a toddlers eyes. We stopped often, met many locals, and relaxed as best you can with an energetic and curious 2 year old in tow.
First, we flew to the east coast, then an 8 hour flight to Madrid, a 4 hour layover, and then a 1.5 hour flight into Marrakesh. Even with our joy of a child who did AMAZING on the flight(s), that was a LONG trip and the use of the word tired doesn’t really capture how we felt by the end. The layover in Madrid was actually the most challenging part, because we just wanted to get there already. But, when we did arrive, what a worth-while trip it was. Also, iPad for the win!!
Even our room at Les Jardins De La Koutoubia greeted us with rose pedals… in Wyatt’s pack ‘n play. As soon as we were settled, we headed to the center of the Medina market in the old city for a traditional dinner of meat, vegetables, and cous-cous (Tanjine). We relaxed and began to take it all in as we had our first taste of the amazing Moroccan mint tea – something we enjoyed several times a day the rest of the trip.
The following day, we slept in, had breakfast in bed and spent the rest of the morning on the rooftop of our hotel enjoying the view from the pool.
After nap, we went back into the Medina and started our tour of the souk (huge market full of negotiating opportunities and kitties). As luck would have it, we stumbled upon “the shop” for our purchases to begin and ended up falling IN LOVE with a hand carved wood and metal mirror and wool rug. Turns out we’ve still got it in the negotiating world and can’t wait until the pieces arrive in 4-5 weeks, hopefully. We had another traditional dinner, this time with Wyatt awake, and then danced to some music before heading to bed.
The next day, we had a tour of the old city and ended the day with a swim and a sunset.
Next, hiking the Atlas Mountains, trekking and lunch next to the Ouzoud Falls, feeding monkeys, and then one more relaxing day in the Medina complete with Henna.
Next up: Casablanca, Rabat, and Fes!!!