Paris to Marrakech, Morocco

A flying day. Checking out of larger hotels is always painfully slow, especially if you ask to get your bags brought down. Either carry them down yourself, or ask well in advance (like before you go eat breakfast). It also helps to know if you need to wear your flying uniform that day. I didn't know that we were not, and so put it on. It worked nicely (for me) that the bags were still in the room so I could quickly change into street clothes, but then I made everyone else wait. Sigh.

The TBM was going to Tarbes for a checkup, and I hitched a ride with Steve and Tisch in their Citation.

Other than that, we just checked into the hotel, relaxed a bit, and ate dinner at the Italian restaurant in the hotel. I jumped in the wonderful pool (borderline cold because it was cloudy out) for a quick float.


Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Mountains in Spain (?) or southern France. I really have no clue where these were; I napped until just now.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Marrakech-Menara Airport. I have a couple other pictures of the city, but I can't pick anything out of them, so I'll summarize the town. Ocrhe colored and flat (1-3 storey buildings). The terminal at Marrakech-Menara Airport. I'd put this in my top five most interesting airport terminal list, if I actually had one (Dulles is there too).



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Marrakech-Menara Airport. I have a couple other pictures of the city, but I can't pick anything out of them, so I'll summarize the town. Ocrhe colored and flat (1-3 storey buildings). The terminal at Marrakech-Menara Airport. I'd put this in my top five most interesting airport terminal list, if I actually had one (Dulles is there too).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/6 sec, f/4.0, ISO 1600
The La Mamounia is richly dark. Mysterious? Exotic? There's a word out there for this, but it is escaping me. Lots of golds and reds, dark woods, leather.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 88.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
It is surrounded by a garden that could be spectacular, if Marrakech actually got rain, but is currently a little wilty.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 73.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
My second favorite of the red-flower series, not as sharp as I'd like but composed.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 73.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
This is sharp as a tack, but a little dark.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 18.0 mm; 1/6 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800
Just a simple fountain, with four floors open above. On the introductory tour (for those on the higher floors, being on the ground floor I missed the tour), the skylight above was mentioned....but I really didn't catch the significance. During the tour we discovered that most of the houses have an open courtyard, with a fountain and a garden, so maybe this was an attempt at that.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 18.0 mm; 0.5 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800
The next picture is of this ceiling.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 18.0 mm; 0.6 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800
An intricately detailed ceiling in La Mamounia. .endpicture .picture="IMG_6291.JPG" Another picture that is a bit dark, maybe. In the center is a...well....I don't really know what it is. It reminds me of a ghoul, but I can't imagine anyone putting a ghoul in the middle of a nice hotel. This is a common area in front of the spa, and surrounded by (fashion, perfume, jewelry, etc) shops. Maybe this is the Moroccan vision of beauty. I don't know.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/10 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
The amuse-bouche, pumpkin soup with sour cream (maybe just cream, I can't remember) and a bit of crunchy bread. Silky and tasty, but no spices, just pumpkin.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/8 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
The table ordered a collection of appetizers which we shared. The Lobster fritters with crispy Mamounia garden greens and herbs was what I would have ordered. "Crispy Mamounia" means deep-fried salad grown in the garden at the hotel. I saw them out picking things from the garden on my earlier walk.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/6 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
Tomato in different textures, cooked, Millefeuille and spume. I have no idea what those last two are. It looked pretty, and the bits that I tasted were great, but I like tomato.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/6 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
We didn't share main courses (mine, all mine!) and I got the "lamb loin, tomato ravioli and thyme jus"...only I'm pretty sure I never ate ravioli. Instead, I got sundried tomatoes and asparagus, which was even better!



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/8 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
Dessert was "Baba from Sorrento with brown rum, whipped cream". Not the tasty brown rum, but something eye watering and tastebud killing 150 proof stuff, which really killed the dish.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/60 sec, f/2.7, ISO 400
I'm attempting to do a high-pour, like the waiter did and I didn't see (so I had no clue what they wanted me to do) and I was trying to do it into a nearly full glass so I couldn't take my time, start low, etc, etc. I didn't spill (much) so I'll call it a success.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/5 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
The silver teapot was intricate and lovely. Oh, it was also slightly warmer than the sun, probably why we didn't rub it to make the djinn pop out.



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