Yesterday was traveling back day. We were the first and only “customers” for breakfast before retiring to the room for final packing. Checking out was easy albeit a little painful. The final bill was quite high.
The 1st leg was to catch a cab from the hotel to the “Gare Routière” to take our bus to Marrakech. It arrived on time and left on the dot. I am very impressed with this company “Supratours” and in particular their so-called comfort version.
After a 3 hours+ comfortable journey through some great scenery at times,
we arrived at the gare routière in Marrakech on time and jumped in one of the taxis to go to the airport. It is only a short ride and we have 3 hours to spare before our flight. I must say there is not so much to do at the airport and internet was not working either. Beware that you cannot pay in the local currency in the duty free shops in case you want to get rid of your remaining change.
Boarding was a little chaotic having had to wait outside for quite a while before a bus turned up and in which we also had a long wait before it took us to the aircraft. Priority boarding does not make much sense in this case. Saying all that, the flight was pleasant enough with excellent views of the coast, the Straight of Gibraltar which not very wide. It is only 14.3 kms seperating the African continent to Europe.
The entrance to the Mediterranean
You know you are approaching Toulouse when you fly over the Pyrenees Mountains
Very smooth landing in Toulouse and it did not take long to disembark, go through passport control, get our cases and walk to the hotel where the car was parked. Wrong time of day to go around Toulouse but actually the traffic was not that bad. Got home just after 8pm exactly 12 hours after we left the hotel in the morning. The heating had to be turned on as it was freezing cold at least compared to what we were used to during the past couple of weeks. Of course there is nothing in the fridge for so we walked to the local Japanese restaurant for dinner and a night cap at the local wine bar.
Some shopping had to be done so after the usual hearty breakfast we set off on foot to the town centre. It was not difficult to find the couple of bits we wanted at the chemist and at the booze store. We had time for a nice green tea which is becoming a habit in the morning.
On the way back we discovered a “mini” souk next to the beach which we did not know existed. Unfortunately we have no room left to bring anything back in the plane.
Back at the hotel we grabbed some lunch and a bier before having the almost, but this time really needed, daily nap before retiring to the beach for a couple of hours. A lot of wind and big waves was appreciated by the surfers and spectators like us.
We stayed in the hotel in the evening for a quick bite to eat and a bottle of wine before retiring to our room for a night cap.
The long walk to town and back in the morning was tiring. A good night sleep followed.