Holiday in Morocco V, VI

Holiday in Morocco V

Woke up this morning with the same feeling that this was not the place for us. After a very mediocre breakfast from a quality and choice point of view there was only one course of action needed.
Time was spent in the reception area to be able to link to the internet and try and find alternative accommodations.  We finally did in the luxury hotel we stayed in last year which is great despite the fact we have to wait 48 hours and of course it is 3 times the price.
We walked into town to celebrate and do a bit of shopping in the supermarket we knew. Bits and pieces were purchased but more importantly a bottle of gin (there is no alcohol in the hotel) and some tonic so that we can enjoy nice aperitifs for the next 2 days. Before we can do that, we need to procure some glasses which is another amenity missing in the rooms.
From the outside the hotel does not look too bad and somehow quaint with local design and decorations. But under the white paint it is another story.
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We decide to spend a couple of hours around the pool and soak some sun in. Lunch was of course a mistake, it does not matter which mustard or sauce you use, cardboard remains cardboard.
Lazy afternoon, a pleasant enough nap, watch the sunset and it is time to go out for dinner at a restaurant on the beachfront which we patronised a fair amount last year. El Toro has not changed, excellent service, good atmosphere, good food at very reasonable price.
Early night in bed.
Holiday in Morocco VI
 
Woke up to a very hazy day. No water in the bathroom so no shower. I shall be glad to leave this place. We walk up to town slowly, go once again to the supermarket to get a bottle of whisky, content of which will be my night cap in the coming days.
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The booze section is at the back of the shop and kind of isolated but the choice is good.

It is then time for the daily morning Mint Tea. In the meantime I have learned to ask for the sugar on the side.
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Always good to watch the world go by. It is almost time for our lunch appointment with Brent and Bryan (from Carcassonne) so we make our way to the Tennis Club’s restaurant.
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We had a very pleasant lunch and made a reservation for Friday which is Royal Couscous day. Certainly am looking forward to that. Back at the hotel it is snooze time at the pool. Back to the room and miracle… the water is back.
A couple of Gin & Tonic in the unique and shared glass is needed as apéritif before we make our way to another restaurant “O’Playa” along the beach promenade.
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Dinner was pleasant enough

Back to our terrible hotel for the last night there.

Holidays are fun

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Mybed Sofitel

I have been to many hotels in my life. Probably the best bed I had the pleasure to sleep in is the one from Sofitel. In fact you can buy them on line including the pillows and usual accessories. Why should I post about this? Because I am relaxing in one right now with a pre-dinner whisky in hand. It simply feels good.

The fact I am in sunny Agadir is a big plus.


 

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Holiday in Morocco IV

Only half a day here so it is best to make the most of the hotel facilities and namely the pool in the morning.

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I guess that is one good way of not getting sun burns.

Feeling good always makes me want to listen to some music and indeed I went through some of my favorite oldies.

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After lunch it is time to make it to the “Gare Routière” to catch the Supra Tour coach which will take us on the 3 hours journey to Agadir. It does not take long before it turns up right on the dot and we can board it.

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We are off on time and reach the motorway within minutes. It is an extremely comfortable ride through some amazing scenery.

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We arrive in Agadir on the precise time advertised and we find our friends Brent and Bryan waiting for us at the station to point us in the right direction. A short hairy taxi ride away and we reach our hotel.

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It looked good to start with…

What a disappointment. We immediately have to change room due to non-working toilet and filthy bathroom. The new new one is only marginally better. So we go out to find something to drink. The only place we can find is the “English Pub” which I avoided the previous year and will continue to avoid if we ever come back here.

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Loud, TVs blaring away and not the best crowd.

It is not in the best of moods we retire to bed. I miss Marrakech.


Holidays can be fun

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Holiday in Morocco III

 

Penultimate day. The sun is shining, the sky is blue so today’s plan is to spend the morning visiting and have as much relaxing time in the afternoon.

Started the day with a large breakfast before going out.

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We wanted to  investigate on foot where the bus station is located for tomorrow’s departure to Agadir. It was not difficult to find and is a mere 15’ walk from the hotel. This will give us plenty of time for ourselves in the morning and lunch time.

One of the hop on / hop off tour bus stop is in front of the hotel so it was an ideal opportunity to go and discover the town. Much had already been done on foot so it was much easier to follow the route. The tour takes you some superb areas of Marrakech and in particular the rich Hivernage quarter.

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Back at the hotel for a short snooze by the pool before lunchtime at the same place.

Good to be in the shade

Followed by a couple of local biers and a light lunch

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In the evening it is back to “Le Café de la Poste” for a very pleasant dinner.

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Followed by a night cap back at the hotel to round up a pleasant last day in Marrakech


Holiday in Morocco Day I, II, III,


Holidays are good

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Finished with Twitter

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Seriously fed up with Twitter’s content. Just about to suspend my account.

 

 

Social media is dangerous. Count me out.

DONE

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Holiday in Morocco – II

Had a fairly long and quite peaceful night sleep. I must have needed it. Not too sure what time I got up because my connected watch was showing the time with an hour’s difference compared to the TV. Quick breakfast and out on the street.
After a couple of kilometres searching for a place and basically getting lost, I realised that northern direction I was heading towards what in fact south. Quick turnaround and a few kilometres further the target was in view. The plan was to go through the old Medina.
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Hard work followed by a welcomed sit down and a drink of mint tea

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Quite sweet but I love it

Took the hop on / hop off bus to get back to the hotel

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Enough walking for today

For a nice lunch by the pool
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All this followed, as usually done, by a quiet time on a lounger by the pool and a nap back in the room. Sleep did evade me though.
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So an early apéritif was in order. I found out on the web that this wine bar called “68” had a few good reviews and was just in the back street of our hotel. There was no choice but to try it out.
The wine selection was quite impressive but we were the only customers, too early maybe. So I only had 2 glasses of a pleasant 1974 Chablis.

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68 Bar à vin

Too early to retire so went back to last night’s joint “Le Grand Café de la Poste” for a second apéritif and some snacks.

Early in bed for a Saturday. Watching French TV and updating my blogs.

 


Holiday in Morocco Day I, II,
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Anniversary

Screenshot 2020-02-05 at 15.29.44By the way, yesterday was the 3 year anniversary of our move to Carcassonne in France. It has been a good 3 years. No regrets.


 

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