This video should have been published at least a year ago, but my work and private life didn't allow so. Anyrate, Fifth Continent or the Moroccan Adventures are a snapshot to adventures little Daniel experienced while in Africa, which was his fifth continent in 2 years.
We were mainly in Marrakesh and Essaouira, Morocco, but thanks to Moroccan hospitality and good wishes we traveled well and truly in style.
Marrakech or Marrakesh, known as the "Ochre city", is the most important former imperial city in Morocco's history. The city of Marrakech is the capital, near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, being also the fourth largest city in Morocco.
Essaouira is in the western Moroccan region, on the Atlantic coast. Since the 16th century, the city has also been known by its Portuguese name of Mogador or Mogadore. The Berber name means the wall, a reference to the fortress walls that originally enclosed the city.
From the time of its rebuilding by Muhammad III until the end of the nineteenth century, Essaouira served as Morocco's principal port, offering the goods of the caravan trade to the world. The route brought goods from sub-Saharan Africa to Timbuktu, then through the desert and over the Atlas mountains to Marrakech. The road from Marrakech to Essaouira is a straight line, explaining the King's choice of this port among the many that the Moroccan coast offers, according to Wikipedia. :-)
We stayed at wonderful Le Méridien N'Fis, Located in an area of 5.5 hectares, the hotel overlooks magnificent Andalusian gardens. Enjoying an ideal location in the heart of the Hivernage, the residential district of Marrakech, the hotel is also just minutes from the gardens of Menara and Koutoubia Mosque.
Le Méridien N'Fis is one of the prestigious addresses in Marrakech. With an exquisite charm, the N'fis hotel draws its originality within the traditional art Marrakchi where the most beautiful subjects and the colors get married to warm comfort. Rooms are flooded in the middle of luxuriant greenery. The murmur of fountains combined with the beautiful view over the Atlas Mountains give this hotel a special charm.
Atlas Essaouira & Spa Located on the beachfront in Essaouira, this 5-star hotel features 2 swimming pools, a fitness centre and a spa with hammam. It offers air-conditioned guest rooms and some have a balcony. Each luxurious guest room is equipped with satellite TV and a minibar. Some rooms feature sea views and a living room with a flat-screen TV. Traditional Moroccan cuisine is served in the restaurant at hotel Atlas. Guests can enjoy a drink in the hotel bar and breakfast is prepared every morning.
The livelihood of the fishermen in Essaouira is being threatened by a mollusc that is eating away at their boats.
The teredo or 'shipworm' is a type of saltwater bivalve mollusc known to bore into and eventually destroy wooden structures immersed in sea water. More and more of the blue fishing boats in Essaouira are being put into dry dock, taken apart, repaired and being put back together. The problem has increased over the last four months. There have always been attacks of the teredo, but it's getting worse - probably because of global warming producing warmer waters, according to Lonley Planet, Postcards from Essaouira.
Moroccan cuisine is the perfumed soul of the culture, and the food, ingredients and tableware are mindblowingly visual and delicious. Moroccan cooking is full of healthy recipes that are big on flavour. With intriguing sweet-savoury flavours and a subtle, complex combination of spices. It is often considered one of the world's finest cuisines.
you can book a flight with once carrier and return with another. We used First Choice Manchester (MAN), Marrakech (RAK) for outbound and Easyjet for inbound flights.
All in all, it was wonderful brake and well worth every penny. We had a good deal on hotels as we booked well in advance, so y quick.
Once again, thanks to all those people who helped us here to have good and memorable time.