"I've been savin' all my money just to take you there. . ."
13.10.2014 - 13.10.2014 80 °F
I am so tired this evening, I can't tell you where i've been. We all piled into the bus at 9:30 and took off for a tour of the city. The first stop was the home of Yves Saint-Laurent who loved Marrakech, made it his home, and ultimately died here. His home is now a memorial to him and the gardens are open to the public. It was pretty, but I dont understand why it is important that I see it.
Next stop was the Saadian Tombs. These burial sites date back fo the mid-1500s when the Saadi family ruled Morocco. The attraction here is the intricate mosaics all over the place, and the marble columns and cedar carvings in the fanciest room - which we could not get in to see due to the crowds of tourists. We're going to try again tomorrow.
We also stopped to see The Bahia Palace which is a 150 yr old home built for an advisor to the Sultan. It's not huge, but it's big enough for all four wives. As i understand it, that is the law here, you're allowed only four wives. Armani says that it's handled very fairly because the existing wives have to approve the new ones. ("or what?" is my question.)
Finally we got to spend some time on the streets and in the souks (shops). We were given a presentation about argan oil (the "Moroccan Oil" that is so popular) and almost everyone bought something to aid in the quest for eternal youth. . . . myself included. The souks are located in a partially covered marketplace on a huge flat square. Walking through the square, one encounters all sorts of entertainment and services one can purchase for very little: snake charmers, henna artists, monkey handlers. . ...you know, the usual. Entering the souks is like entering the medina, narrow paths through stalls and stalls of the same stuff we've been seeing. Armani walked us through it to avoid losing anyone. But that's not how it should be done. One really should get lost in it and have fun with it. Some day I'll come back here and bask in the culture. This time I am being introduced to it. I know that the intro is a good beginning, but I am impatient to absorb more of it - and I will not achieve that goal on this trip. ("leave wanting more", right?)
A few of us stayed in for dinner this evening. Some weren't hungry, I was just tired of being on a schedule. So about six of us enjoyed wine by the pool for dinner (plus some mediocre snacks). It was fun a fun evening.