Tuesday, November 25, 2014

++Morocco | Day3 | Marrakech

short iteneraries as follows:

- Breakfast at hotel rooftop (included)
- buy gelang
- El Badi Palace (Palais badia (10 MAD))
- Mellah (a walled Jewish quarter) (buy pewangi & merengue)
- El Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia (10 MAD))
- Lunch at Jewish market (quarter chicken with fries(35 MAD) water(10 MAD))
- The Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens)(10 MAD)
- back to hotel (prayer)
- taxi to majorelle 10 MAD
- Majorelle Garden (50 MAD)
- acima (supermarket) (water 3MAD + yogurtdrink 4MAD)
- Back to Jemaa el Fna by kereta kuda (20 MAD)
- Dinner at cafe las Premirer Restaurant (Pizza+jus alpukat (39 MAD) at Jemaa el Fna
- buy tshirt at souk
- overnight in riad Hiba in Marrakech (same hotel like yesterday)

*we spend 80MAD on entrance fees, 92MAD on foods&beverages & 30MAD on transportation today.

below are the excerps from other websites (mainly wiki, google & other travel websites):

- el-badi palace:
Though substantially in ruins, and reduced throughout to its red pisé walls, enough remains of El Badi to suggest that its name – “The Incomparable” – was not entirely immodest. The palace was originally commissioned by the Saadian sultan Ahmed el Mansour shortly after his accession in 1578. The money for it came from the enormous ransom paid by the Portuguese after the Battle of the Three Kings. It took his seventeenth-century successor Moulay Ismail over ten years of systematic work to strip the palace of everything valuable, and there’s still a lingering sense of luxury and grandeur. What you see today is essentially the ceremonial part of the palace complex, planned on a grand scale for the reception of ambassadors, and not meant for everyday living.The scale of the palace, with its sunken gardens and vast, ninety-metre-long pool, is certainly unrivalled, and the odd traces of zellij and plaster still left evoke a decor that was probably as rich as that of the Saadian Tombs. The most enduring account of the palace concerns its state opening, a fabulous occasion attended by ambassadors from several European powers and by all the sheikhs and caids of the kingdom. Surveying the effect, Ahmed turned to his court jester for an opinion on the new palace. “Sidi,” the man replied, “this will make a magnificent ruin”.

- Mellah (a walled Jewish quarter):
Mellahs are the old Jewish Quarters of Moroccan cities and towns. The Mellah of Marrakesh is located within the city walls, south of the Bahia Palace.This area was established during the 16th century. Jewish and Muslim refugees fled from Spain to seek safety in Morocco in 1942, this area continued to grow, and businesses flourished. During WW2. Morocco provided protection for around 300,000 of it's Jewish citizens (and assisted many Jews from Europe to flee to The USA )After WW2, many thousands of Moroccan Jews emigrated to Israel, leaving their homes and posessions behind.Evidence of its past inhabitants can still be seen. There are synagogues (guides will show you around) Look out for Star of David carvings over doorways. Antique shops nearby sell goods that were sold or left behind by those leaving for Israel.The narrow winding streets are well worth wandering around, there's a different atmosphere, and each turn offers a different sight.

- El Bahia Palace (Palais Bahia)
Palace Bahia a grand old house and a set of houses were collected and converted into palace in the late nineteenth century by the Moroccan architect El Mekki on behalf of the Grand Vizier Ba Ahmed ben Moussa said Hmad (1841-1900).The best workers and artisans of the country have worked continuously for six years (1894-1900).
It is a series of courses, gardens, lounges, outbuildings and ancillary remarkable both in their structure and their ornamentation. These sets are as follows:1. The small RiyadhIt is an interior garden on which open rooms and niches. This is where Ba Hmad received government people in the great hall of the board and painted perforated ceiling. It was also there that were built later, the offices of Marshal Lyautey.2. The small courtyardFour rooms opening onto a open courtyard fully tiled with marble and zellij (tiles) were the private apartments of Ba Hmad; they have been transformed in the time of Lyautey Room officers.3. The large marble courtyard called 'Court of Honor'This is a huge yard (50 m x 30m) In the open, paved with marble and zellij surrounded by a gallery with carved wooden columns on which opens an imposing so-called reception room Boardroom, the largest of the palace (20m x 8 m) And whose ceiling is painted with great beauty.4. The great RiyadhThis is the oldest part of the palace, built for the father of Hmad Ba, Si Moussa, completed in 1866-1867 and refitted thereafter. This Riyadh stands, in addition to garden in two rooms and two niches with refined decoration.5. The private apartmentTwo rooms and two niches open onto a covered area of ​​a painted ceiling, illuminated panels sculpted and finely perforated plaster.

- The Saadian Tombs (Tombeaux Saadiens)
The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family. The building is composed of three rooms. The most famous is the room with the twelve columns. This room contains the grave of the son of the sultan's son, Ahmad al-Mansur. The stele is in finely worked cedar wood and stucco work. The monuments are made of Italian Carrara marble.
Outside the building is a garden and the graves of soldiers and servants.

- Majorelle Garden
The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”.
The garden has been open to the public since 1947. Since 1980 the garden has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurentand Pierre Bergé.
After Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden.

this is us having breakfast (provided by our hotel) on the rooftop.. it was an astonishing scenary.
we were served fresh oranges, coffee/tea, deliicious pancake (yg mcm roti canai yg tebal) & ofcourse their famous bread (yg mcm kayu).

us ot palace el badi entrance

with a visitor from another country.

ini lubang utk menyorok dari musuh2 negara...

saje nak try merengue diorg. 1MAD each. this picture was taken around mellah (the old jewish quarter)

ini pula di palace al bahia..

ini lunch kami di jewish market... roti (yg mcm kayu tuh) with ayam goreng & fries.

around jewish market area..

this is where the saadian tombs at..

ek eh ade pik nik kat sini.

oh ini bilik kami, gamba bilik warrie x amek pula.. we went back to our hotel for zuhr+asr prayers.

tiket to majorelle garden...

the majorelle garden...

selepas penat begamba2 di majorelle garden, we went back to jemaa el fna dgn menaiki kereta kuda.
this was a view of kasbian mosque on our way back..

this was where we had our dinner. on the 2nd floor so we can see the souks of jemaa el fnaa from top.

had an alpukat milkshake. interesting fact that ira had after we came back in hometown about this alpukat milkshake is it contains viagra. wow. patutlah malam itu, well malam itu penyu menangis. hewhewhew...

*(ralat: the moroccon avocado milkshake is also known as Moroccon viagra, bukannye it contains viagra)

we had triple cheese & seafood pizzas that night.

people quickly do the ablution & pray right after the azan.. amazing view.

currently listening to:u2-every breaking wave
currently feeling:laparrrrr
i wanna eatttttttt

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