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Koutoubia Mosque

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 Koutoubia Mosque, or Mosque of the booksellers, was begun under the Berber dynasty of the Almoravids in 1120, but was substantially rebuilt from 1162 Almohad caliph under Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur, and became one of the most characteristic buildings this style. Its name comes from the fact that it was in the souk manuscripts merchants. It is organized on a plan T. This tradition has existed since the construction of the Great Mosque of Kairouan in the ninth century, and is also found in Spain. This is in fact an Arab plan hypostyle1, that is to say comprising a large courtyard surrounded by a portico and a prayer room with columns. The naves are perpendicular to the qibla wall, the central one being wider. ( koutoubia.com) #koutoubiamosque #Morokrew#Marrakech

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The Koutoubia Mosque is a religious building built in the xii th century in Marrakech (Morocco) and representative of the art is a true Almohades.

The Koutoubia Mosque is a religious building built in the xii th century in Marrakech (Morocco) and representative of the art is a true Almohades.

Dinner at El Fenn

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When we arrived, we had dinner in the rooftop of our riad Dinner at El Fenn (2)  Beautiful view of the Karoubia mosque
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El Fenn Marrakech

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Our home in Marrakech – El Fenn Riad @elfennmarrakech  Owned by the sister of Richard Branson, Vanessa Branson. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house which has a courtyard #elfennmarrakech#Marrakech #Morokrew #h2hinteriorsEl Fenn Marrakech (28)El Fenn Marrakech (2)El Fenn Marrakech (7)El Fenn Marrakech (11)El Fenn Marrakech (8)El Fenn Marrakech (9)El Fenn Marrakech (1)
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 Because we were 3 couples sharing a room – we drew lots.  This was our roomEl Fenn Marrakech (2)El Fenn Marrakech (32)El Fenn Marrakech (7)El Fenn Marrakech (8)Our bathroom was everything all in one – the shower had no separation so when we showered the whole bathroom gets wet and its cold if you do not put on the heater.  That is the only drawback of this roomEl Fenn Marrakech (33)Master bedroom on the 2nd floorEl Fenn Marrakech (25)El Fenn Marrakech (26)El Fenn Marrakech (27) El Fenn Marrakech (48)2nd bedroom beside the master bedroom
El Fenn Marrakech (28) You have to go up the stairs to go to the bathroomEl Fenn Marrakech (31) Roof top with mini poolEl Fenn Marrakech (45) El Fenn Marrakech (46)P ool outside our roomEl Fenn Marrakech (9) El Fenn Marrakech (10) El Fenn Marrakech (11) El Fenn Marrakech (12) El Fenn Marrakech (13) El Fenn Marrakech (14) El Fenn Marrakech (15) El Fenn Marrakech (16) El Fenn Marrakech (17) El Fenn Marrakech (18)  Main courtyardEl Fenn Marrakech (19) El Fenn Marrakech (20) El Fenn Marrakech (21)  SpaEl Fenn Marrakech (22)El Fenn Marrakech (3)  Orange courtyardEl Fenn Marrakech (23) El Fenn Marrakech (24) El Fenn Marrakech (25) El Fenn Marrakech (26) El Fenn Marrakech (27)
Fresh roses with fresh mint leavesEl Fenn Marrakech (30)  Resident tortoises – there are 5El Fenn Marrakech (31) El Fenn Marrakech (33)El Fenn Marrakech (32)  All the staffwear redEl Fenn Marrakech (34) Orange Courtyard El Fenn Marrakech (35) El Fenn Marrakech (36) El Fenn Marrakech (37) El Fenn Marrakech (38) El Fenn Marrakech (39) El Fenn Marrakech (40) El Fenn Marrakech (41) El Fenn Marrakech (42) El Fenn Marrakech (43)

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Palais Sebann

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Visited the Morenos – Jose @jlm72471 and Tin @tincmoreno in their riad which is further down from ours by a few minutes – and it’s beautiful – Palais Seban @palaissebban  #PalaisSebban #Marrakech #Morocco#riad #morokrew

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Palais Sebban is a luxurious 4-star hotel conveniently located near the centre of Marrakech. Local tourist attractions such as Bab El Djedid, Bab Doukkala and Bab Doukkala Mosque are not far from the hotel.

Palais Sebban is a luxurious 4-star hotel conveniently located near the centre of Marrakech. Local tourist attractions such as Bab El Djedid, Bab Doukkala and Bab Doukkala Mosque are not far from the hotel.

Palais Lamrani

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Visiting the DelRos @thecrazycook_phand @dondurian @mannydr Moreno’s @kaisterprimo @7tri7 Anna @aangarain their riad – we could not book all of us in one – The lobby of Palais Lamrani @palais_lamrani owned by a French family – Imagine walking into a door in the medina and you enter into a different world – an old home converted to a hotel – not one is the same – each has its own charm. It’s a bit dark compared to what we are used to – but truly a different experience while in Morocco  #PalaisLamrani#Marrakech #Morocco #morokrew#riad #h2hinteriors

Palais Lamrani (5)Palais Lamrani (2) Palais Lamrani (3) Palais Lamrani (4)A riad has a courtyard in the middle of the house with 4 sides of garden around the fountain in the center
Palais Lamrani (6)  Palais Riad Lamrani @palais_lamrani is owned and operated by a French couple – Eric and Noemie Marie- Saint Germain. It’s a 14th Century riad of the Lamrani family. They bought it and refurbished it maintaining the details. Carmina @thecrazycook_ph told us that the owners welcomed them when they arrived that evening and made sure everything was alright – talk about personalized service – just like part of the family !  I met Eric as he was helping out that evening in the bar and in the reception #PalaisLamrani #Marrakech#riad #Morocco #morokrew #H2HPeople

Palais Lamrani (7) Palais Lamrani (14) Raffy and Carmina’s room by the courtyard Palais Lamrani (15) Beautiful antique bePalais Lamrani (8)Palais Lamrani (11) Palais Lamrani (10)Palais Lamrani (9)Palais Lamrani (12)Palais Lamrani (41)Palais Lamrani (42) Palais Lamrani (13) Palais Lamrani (17) We went up to Raj and Kai’s room which was by the roofPalais Lamrani (18) Palais Lamrani (19) Palais Lamrani (20)Palais Lamrani (26) Palais Lamrani (22) Palais Lamrani (23) Palais Lamrani (24)  Balcony
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riad marrakech maison d'hôtes authentique  palais piscine luxe voyage maroc déjeuner restaurant

riad marrakech maison d’hôtes authentique palais piscine luxe voyage maroc déjeuner restaurant

Road trip from the Sahara Desert to Marrakech

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 The trip going back was longer- 12 hoursRoad trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (3) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (4) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (5) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (2)  Cafe of Raj :-)Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (6)  Oasis in the #SaharaDesert 220 kms of Palm trees from Agadir to Algeria #Morokrew 1,200 km RiverRoad trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (7) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (8) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (9)  We stopped for lunchRoad trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (10)  Everyone was so happy there was wifi! :-)Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (11) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (12)  A heart :-)Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (13)  Beautiful sceneryRoad trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (14) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (15) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (16)  Shopping stopRoad trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (17) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (18) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (19) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (20) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (21) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (22) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (23) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (24) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (25) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (26) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (27)  Kasbah – Where they filmed many films – Prince of Persia and Gladiator #Morokrew#Kasbah

Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (28) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (29)  There are 3 filming studios in the #SaharaDesert This was CLA Studios #Morokrew #quarzazateRoad trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (30)  Argan oil shopping stop on our 12 hour road trip from the #SaharaDesert to Marrakech #Morokrew#ArganOil Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (31) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (32) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (33)  Argan oil comes from kernels from an argan tree in Morocco #Morokrew #ArganOil #ArganRoad trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (34) Road trip from the Sahra Desert to Marrakech (1)

Tent at the Erg Chebbi Desert Camp

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In the whole history of Heart2Heart, I never wrote anything negative about anything or anyone.  This will be the first time.  Before I wrote this, I wrote the desert camp and told them about the situation and yet they did not do anything to rectify the situation and to give importance to my complaint.  I am sharing this with you because though our photos and videos may show that the desert camp was a nice experience, what I experienced was something I was very surprised that they did not care even if I told them I would write about them.  I hope that this incident will not happen to you if ever you do book in this camp.  My experience would have been acceptable considering they charged US$ 400.00 a night per tent and included food and camel trek, but I don’t think that what they did to our group was fair.  Make sure when you book your accommodations you get what you are expecting and what you paid for.  I was analyzing why they wanted us to pay the balance of payment before arriving at camp – and maybe this is why because we would not have paid had this happened to us.  

We arrived at the desert camp at 8 pm already so it was dark.  We could not see so much the tents.  But this is how it looked during the day.  There are 8 tents in this photo which is all lined up in 2 rows.  All the tents in this row are of the same size and with the same amenities IMG_5179 There are chairs and pillows outside the tent – not all the same design but they are all providedIMG_4065IMG_4066 When we arrived that evening – we were not given any tent assignments.  We did not have to check in.  We were a group of 14 with 7 tents reserved.  Out of the 8 tents available – only 6 were allocated to us and 1 was on the side of the camp.  Since I was busy taking photos we were the last to choose and we got the tent on the side.

This was how it looked like.  If you will notice there are tents around it – those were empty or being used to store things

tent erg chebbi desert camp morocco wrong tent 1  It is so obvious it is a make shift tent or a tent used for something else- maybe the staff – but it was definitely not like the others.  Had we stayed outside this tent there was no roofing to cover us from the heat unlike the other tents.  There was also no view of the desert or any view  to look at unlike the other roomstent erg chebbi desert camp morocco wrong tent 2

 It was lower in height than all the other tents and the amenities and bathroom was not the same.  I complained immediately to staff and he was insisting it was the same.  I complained to the owner- Abdou ( the one you see in the website )

owners Erg Chebbi desert camp

and he also was in denial. He was saying he was the one who built the tents and that they are all the same.  The only difference was the height.  Ergg Chebi Desert Camp (14)Ergg Chebi Desert Camp (15)Ergg Chebi Desert Camp (1) The next morning – the two tents were vacated and they transferred us to the proper tent.  How can they tell us that it is the same as this tent?    Tent at the Desert Camp (2) Tent at the Desert Camp (3) Tent at the Desert Camp (4) Tent at the Desert Camp (6)  We did not have this in the first tentTent at the Desert Camp (7) Tent at the Desert Camp (5) Tent at the Desert Camp (8) Tent at the Desert Camp (1)Tent at Desert Camp (1)Tent at Desert Camp (2)Tent at Desert Camp (3)

After this happened and we got to Marrakech, I immediately wrote Jana the wife of Abdou.  She is American and married to Abdou.  She is in charge of the bookings.  We were very tired arriving from a 10 hour trip and looking forward to a nice camp……When I arrived there and saw our tent,  I wanted to leave.  It was just not fair

Erg Chebbi desert camp letter complaint

This was her replyREply of erg chebbi desert campl Jana

I was just so tired explaining so many times already!  They were all in denial and kept insisting that there was no difference.  I was waiting for them to offer me something but they just apologized.  Then this was my reply. I even had to show photos as if they did not know.  But for documentations sake I made an effort

Erg Chebbi complaint letter 2Comparison of tents erg chebbi desert campJana’s reply erg chebbi camp sahara reply to letter Jana 3

 My reply to which she offered a US$ 50.00 refund – she did not even offer one night refund – so I felt it was very insulting and I told her it was unacceptable and that I would write about this in my blog and in the newspaper – she did not reply anymoreErg Chebbi complaint letter 3

Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara

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 In the desert it’s very very hot from 10am to 430pm so you can’t do anything really but just stay in your tent – specifically outside the tent because it’s hotter inside. There’s no internet in the desert so you are forced to do nothing which is actually nice :-)  #Morokrew at the #SaharaDesert#ErgChebbi

Relaxing at the Desert Camp (4)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (5)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (6)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (7)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (8)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (9)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (10)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (16)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (17)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (2)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (3)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (18) There is a hammock beside one of the tents :-) Just one! :-)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (19)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (20)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (21)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (22)Relaxing at the Desert Camp (1)Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (5)  Before sunset – cocktail and picture taking :-)  You can also ride the camel or do the sand dunes ride ( extra fee ) but picture taking is more important haha!!  Sunrise is more important than sunset in the Sahara Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (6) Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (7) Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (8) Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (9)Hamid, one of the owners arrived at this time since he took part of the group carpet shopping in townSunset Cocktails at the Sahara (10)owners Erg Chebbi desert camp Choose a spot for your photo session :-)Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (11)  Those with no Djellabas just borrowed from the staff haha!! How resourceful!  Their djellabas are even more beautiful actuallySunset Cocktails at the Sahara (12)  Beautiful djellabaSunset Cocktails at the Sahara (13) Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (14)  Love it that the boys are game :-) – all borrowed except for Manny and James :-)Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (1)  #Morokrew in the #SaharaDesert  :-) Our trip to Morocco would never be as memorable without the group. It’s much more fun to travel together

Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (3)  Good idea of Raj to ask the camels to join the photo!!!Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (2) Sunset Cocktails at the Sahara (4)

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