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Culinary Experience in Morocco

John & Kathy- November
Traveling Morocco, the "True Magic Kingdom" & Culinary Classes

We have recently returned from a fantastic 2 week trip in Morocco. My husband and I were overwhelmed by the beauty of the country as well as the diversity. We also felt very safe and loved meeting the people. We were on a private tour booked through Travel in Style located in San Francisco, CA. We had booked with this agency 3 years ago for a trip to Turkey and Egypt and loved it. We did not think another trip could be as good as that one but this one was. We only gave Omar Zaher, the owner of Travel in Style, 3 weeks to book the entire trip (started planning in mid Sept. and left in mid Oct.). They did a magnificent job of integrating an interesting mix of cities, land/terrain and hotels. We had the best ever guide Ahmed and the best ever driver, Moncif. My husband is a photographer and takes pictures at a pace that kept both our guide and driver on their toes. All I can say is patience was one of their top qualities. We are so thankful that with such late notice our travel agent was able to book such professional people but that comes with working with an agency that is personally connected to the countries they serve.

We were delighted with the itinerary which took us from Marrakech to Tauroudant to Imouzzer Ida Outanane (mountains) to Essaouira (seaside) to Fez. We trekked in the mountains to a Berber village, saw the women washing their clothes in the communal wash area, had tea in a Berber home, walked through myriad of alleys in the medina’s, stood fascinated by the fishing boats, drooled at all of the fresh vegetables in the markets, ate lots of good food and loved our hotels to mention only a few things. My husband took 3200 pictures so if anyone needs any pictorial reference we have it.

Travel in Style listened to our desires and needs regarding the hotels and we were booked into absolutely delightful hotels. In Marrakech we stayed in Riad Monceau which was just charming, friendly and very well situated (close to the square Jemma El Fna). The food was outstanding and so was the personal service. In Taroudant we stayed in the elegant yet warm Gazelle D’Or. Our luxurious suite was free standing and as big as a small house. The food was exquisite! We went from there to a charming hotel hanging on the side of the mountain, the Cascades Hotel. We only had 1 night there but loved the quaintness and the delicious chicken/honey tagine for dinner. We then went on to Essaouira to a riad on the edge of the ramparts called Palais De Remparts. The view out over the sea from our room (penthouse) as well as the top floor patio was breath taking. We woke each morning to the sounds of the gulls and went to sleep each night with the sounds of the waves. Our last stop was Fez and we couldn’t have been more delighted then when we walked into the Riad Fez. We were ending a magical 2 weeks in a fantastically renovated riad. Everything about this hotel was top notch from the public areas to our room that looked like a wedding cake with beautiful floor length lace curtains to the food in the restaurant! Each evening we had some great Moroccan wine in the lounge area and where attended to by the very best waiter who after 1 day knew our names, what we liked and with a gracious smile was there to make sure we had what we needed.

It became clear to us that not as many Americans visit this wonderful country as should and we are here to testify to the fact this is a country that should be on everyone’s bucket list. You will not be disappointed.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Omar and Azza Zaher (Travel in Style, San Francisco, CA) for making our dream vacation come true.







Morocco Cooking Class

Morocco cooking class

John and I learning to make a custard pastille oh so yummy!


Morocco cooking class

Making a custard pastille.


Morocco cooking class

Making a custard pastille.


Morocco cooking class

The chef, one of our newest friends from cooking class.


Morocco cooking class

Making a custard pastille.


Morocco cooking class

With our interpreter, also a new friend from the cooking class.

 

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