Kinky Afro

Taroudannt 06/03/2015

Look, more new features; a where are we on a fully featured Google Map. It’s only taken us 6 months to find out where we are, so.

We are here:

Sidi Massay 04/03/2015

We have given up with Sidi Massay, not because there is anything wrong with the place because there is not. But, it’s a bit like Barbados, it’s only alright when the sun is shining. So when the third day of sea mist rolled in at about 10 AM we decided to pack up and leave. This is a shame because it does possess a wonderful beach and associated dunes. Ashamedly the weather is not like Taroundant where it is positively balmy. In fact we have not been this warm since we had the heatwave in Spain back in October.

Tourist Tip: If you are thinking of visiting the ‘Massay’ then bring anything you might want with you, this includes meat, money and a sense of humour. The Bald Ibis restaurant is ‘not all that’ and that is all there is tummy filling wise. No banks, not even a place for a data card recharge. A first for Morocco.

We went in to the out skirts of Agadir to visit the Marjane Supermarket. A supermarket chain we find very good. Unlike Carrefour it does not sell Alcohol but we find the food better quality and better value. As always things from my side did not go to plan and came out considerably lighter in pocket of the purchase of some slimming oil. A dietician I am not you hear me cry but when it comes to lady’s potions I am a bit of a sceptic. On this oil I think I need to be convinced that the pounds are going to fall off by just the simple application of some sweet smelling Castrol GTX. I will keep you updated, but in the meantime I might just secretly rub a bit on my fat head.

After leaving we went to the car wash as Knora Knaus was a little dusty. Every orifice was now full of sand and every door squeaked and rubbed and the windows had become a mosaic of sludgy sand and dust. I am a great supporter of the vehicle hand-wash industry in general and the Exmouth one in particular as you can stove away a full English while the van is getting a shiny new coat. However, the prices are now getting a bit steep. £35 in Exmouth £2.80 for the same service here in Morocco. Marvellous.

Usually at this point we spoil you with a dash cam view of the route but to be honest the drive is not worth all the effort to make a movie of. A brief précis would describe it as dual carriageway all the way touching the outskirts of Agadir and then like an arrow down the middle of the Souss valley with the Atlas mountains on one side and the Anti-Atlas on t’other, but the bit you drive on is straight and flat.

Taroudannt 04/03 – 06/03/2015

I always get a warm fuzzy feeling about a place when I can see Storks in the vicinity and I am happy to report we were met with an entire mustering of the ample winged naturals. Needless to say Taroundant is grand. Guide books will tell you this place is known as the Grandmother of Marrakech which is a bit unfair and I would rather think of it as the Marrakech Mini-Me. The entire city is encompassed within the city walls and has a wonderful laid back feel. We are gardien parking just outside the city walls as you can see in the photo below

Off the wall

Knora looks lovely and at those prices she is going to get a shiny new coat every week here in Morocco.

We are also next door to an old traditional hotel by the name of the Palas Salem. We did go in for a mosey around and does have wonderful gardens as you can see from the picture below. For those of you who like to partake in the beverage I did notice lager at £2 for a portion. Not that we are counting but it is Three weeks today.

palas Salem gardens

It also has a splendid front door

Palas Salam gate

Homie Help: If you cannot get into the parking next to the hotel do not park around the corner where there are extra spaces. You are right next to the football ground and the supporters have a habit of stoning the motorhomes when the local team suffers a defeat. As they are no Liverpool FC this happens a lot.

After a quick wash and brush up we headed into the Medina for a wander around. There are two souks here, known as the Berber souk and the Arab souk. The Arab one has more artisan shops and the Berber one more fruit and veg. When we knew we were coming here I stopped shaving with the knowledge I could get a luxury shave within the souk. Having chosen my barber of choice I sat back and enjoyed the double shaving pleasure of a skilled artist reduce my five day stubble to the smoothness of a baby’s bum with a flick of the wrist and a pinch of the nose. But my chosen sculptor was not finished there and went on to shave my neck and then finding a laughable tuft of hair that would not fit to the rest of my head, courtesy of Tracy’s haircutting skills, gave me a haircut. Oh the merriment the men-folk of Taroundant had over my tuft and Tracy was the quite the celebrity for a few minutes before life returned to normal in this part of Africa. The cost for all of this was a paltry £2.80. We found a lovely restaurant called L’agence. This is a stylish restaurant ran by a women’s co-operative and results in place to just be in and enjoy. Surreally the front half of the place double as an Estate Agent. We tucked into a couple of old favourites, Tagine for Tracy and Pastilas for me and all cooked with a degree of subtlety we have not experienced since Chez Sabir in Tafraout.

A picture of the Restaurant and the dishes.

L’Agence

Pastilas

Chicken Tagine

Today, the 5th we played at the complete tourist and had a tour around the city in a pony and trap. I have to be honest and say I enjoyed it and it was good to have a guide around the warrens and alleys of the souks. There was the normal taking around the shops but it is not threatening at all here and a polite ‘La Shukran’ does the job.

Here are some pictures

No onions Pierre?

From cradle to gave

Feed the birds. A corn bunting tucking in

Fruit and veg

The hanging fruit of Taroudant

Souky Snacks

We were just about finished when a mannequin caught my eye. Now I am no prude but even this caused a sharp intake of breath. Kinky Afro, say Wah. Look and learn.

kinky Afro

Video

We have made a short video imaginatively titled Taroundant of our trip around the city and as ever is on YouTube, on our video channel in the menu and lastly by clicking this link:

Taroudant

As the sun began to set on this city we had one last wander around and took in the local fruit juice based beverage and some meat based street food for the princely sum of, you guessed it, £2.80. So in future when I look in my wallet and see 40Dh or £2.80 winking up at me I will have to decide on Homie wash, haircut or meal for two. Decisions, decisions.

Before we go with some final views of Taroundant I need to tell tales out of school. When we go shopping we sometimes divvy up the food selection, Tracy has veg and I get lumbered with chocolate and biscuits. Fair enough. Tonight while slaving away on this thing, Tracy asks ‘Ice Cream’? ‘Yes’ I reply knowing full well there is a carton of Cornettos there. So imagine my surprise when I am offered a choice. Somehow, and I do not know how, the Chocolate biscuits were mistaken for Ice Cream and lobbed into the Freezer. And the name of the bars, the bars were called Bimbo.

Bottle Banker

The front door

Good night

Love to all

E&T

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