I think I may have overestimated how much time I’d need in Marrakesh. It is an intriguing place but 9 days was too much, 5 days would probably have done the trick.
After doing my list of the Seven Wonders of the World, I wondered how many UNESCO World Heritage sites I’d seen without knowing it and how many I had left to do. It turns out, that out of the 981 preserved cultural and natural landmarks, I have been to 25. Only 956 to go then- I may complete my Seven Wonders list first:
Whilst arguably it may not be the most ‘cultural’ activity, you cannot go abroad without going shopping. Well, you can’t if you’re me anyway. Not only is there the necessity of buying gifts for people at home but you will want something that reminds you of your trip away. It is also a great opportunity to hunt for a bargain.
Bucket List number 43: see the seven wonders of the world. I think that this is probably a regular feature on bucket lists: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu with either the Pyramids of Giza or the Colosseum taking the last place. With the exception of the latter I haven’t been to any.
During a trip to Marrakesh, I was keen to go and see Ouarzazate; one of the locations used in the film Gladiator. On the long drive to get there we stopped at Ait Benhaddou, which turned out to share a similar film history including Gladiator, The Mummy and TV series Game of Thrones. Whilst Ouarzazate was impressive, we were actually able to wander around Ait Benhaddou and in my opinion it was more impressive; this was what our day was all about.
Djemaa el-Fna square is the bustling hub of Marrakech. What begins as an square with a few pedestrians and dozens of orange juice stands (which provide ridiculously good OJ by the way) during the day, turns into a packed market place with food stands, snake charmers, monkeys and dancers at night.