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|Yesterday, Friday, many of the Souks were closed due to Friday as the Holy Day. It was odd walking through the area when it was quiet.|
|The "petit taxis" are smaller than what is shown here. But, all taxis, large and small appear |
to be this same beige color, making them easy to spot.
|To the right, is a petit taxi as we maneuvered through the traffic neat the entrance |
to the Medina.
|Non Muslims are not allowed to tour the many mosques in Morocco.|
Samir, our kind and dignified houseman had explained that there are "petit taxis" (small taxis) on the street outside the Medina with drivers prepared to negotiate a round trip and who are willing to wait while we shop.
|As a business hub, there are many fine hotels in Marrakesh for both business and |
pleasure travelers with the convenience of the nearby airport.
|At the entrance to the Marjane Mall where the Hypermarket is located on a lower level |
with elevators for wheeling carts to one's vehicle.
|This could have been any mall, anywhere in the world, newer, convenient and with many stores, some of which were "chain" stores that we've seen in other African countries. We didn't see any US chain stores.|
|Only a small number of the mall's stores were open due to the Holy Day.|
|No pork or pork products (bacon, sausage, chops) are available in Morocco. Muslim people do not eat pork. Beef, chicken and fish comprise most meals. Many of the body parts of cows and chickens are savored.|
|These are steaks with all of the fat removed. In South Africa, fat is considered a delicacy and |
is left on the meat. Apparently, that is not the case in Morocco when all of the beef appeared to be very lean and free of visible fat.
Driving through this modern area reminded me in many ways of Scottsdale, Arizona where we lived for two months as we prepared to leave the US.
|Off putting to some, I was intrigued by all the parts of the fresh fish which are utilized |
in cooking in Morocco.
|It was hard for me to take my eyes off the fresh fish, a favorite.|
|Various sundries are also sold in the Hypermarket.|
|After exiting the mall we didn't see Simone, thinking he may have had to park in another area|
when we didn't see any taxis on the street. After waiting for five minutes, Simone appeared on foot and walked us to his vehicle further down the road.
|It wasn't long before we approached the Medina for our long walk back carrying heavy the groceries. I suggested to Tom that we take a horse and buggy or a tuk tuk, but, he insisted he was doing fine carrying the bulk of the load.|
|This chunk of Gouda was US $11.11, MAD $92.30. It was .63 kg, 1.38 pounds, which we agreed was a reasonable price. The name on the label, Carrefour, was the same store name where we'd made purchases in Dubai, UAE, last May.|
All the fresh foods were beautifully displayed and carefully handled. The cheese display was extensive with as many options as we'd found when we lived in Italy this past summer. The packaged nuts were a little pricey, mostly locally grown. We were thrilled to find salted nuts.
|The total grocery bill for cheese, tea, water and nuts converts to US |
$149.71. It's unlikely we'll need to shop again for several weeks.
It never occurred to us that the walk through the Souk yesterday would be less crowded. With Fridays, as the Muslim Holy Day, many of the vendors had closed their shops, allowing us to quickly move through the Medina and the Souk on the return. We've decided that in the future, grocery shopping will take place on Fridays.
|French fries for Tom, called "chips" in Africa remain as one of Tom's favorite. Although he didn't have Heinz ketchup for dipping, he thoroughly enjoyed these.|
Last night's dinner was our favorite thus far with Madame Zahra making "chips" (French fries) for Tom and sautéed egg battered Aubergine (eggplant) for me, a special treat.
|When Adil asked us for an entrée preference, we suggested this grilled chicken, made by Madame Zahra on the rooftop. Once again, it was wonderful.|
|As I wandered upstairs to change into my pajamas, I only needed too look up to see a crescent moon through the open air roof of our riad. We can hardly wait to see the full moon|
as it soon will cast a shadow inside the house.
|The nearly invisible wire covering the roof opening is to prevent branches and animals from falling into the house. So, we suppose.|
Yes, we're settling in after arriving one week ago today. For us, part of the process revolves around becoming familiar, as most of us do, in developing somewhat of a routine. As we'd observed in nature over the past three months in South Africa, animals, like humans, find extraordinary comfort in familiar routines.
We dine, trying new places and foods. We explore, to learn about the area and the culture. We interact with locals, as often as possible. And, we document our experiences in photos and stories which... we joyfully share with our readers each and every day.