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Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

Goodbye Morocco

Today we bid goodbye to Morocco. My long wished dream of visiting Morocco accomplished. This has been made possible by a reasonably priced ground package offered by a local Moroccan tour company. We had chosen the 8D/7N Imperial Cities Tour. The tour starts and end in Casablanca.

As mentioned in my earlier post, the ground package includes pick-up and send-off from/to Casablanca airport/hotel, all meals, air-conditioned transportation, accommodations, entry fees and tour guide. As usual, you are expected to tip your tour guide and the bus driver. (Note: Jardin Majorelle is NOT in the itinerary. On our group request, our tour bus drove us there and we paid the entrance fees ourselves).

Before and after the end of the tour, we are being put up in a hotel in Casablanca. So we do get to rest before the start of our tour as well as after. Seldom would you get this arrangement from other tour companies. Your tour would either start the moment you arrive at the airport and end by being sent straight to the airport after the last itinerary.

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The entire 8D/7N tour route.

Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

Exterior of Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca.

Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

Braving the light drizzle to enter the airport.

Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

Check-in counters.

Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

Interior of airport.

Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

Yep, our Etihad departure is on time.

Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport

We arrived in a slight drizzle a week ago and departing in heavy rain. Thank god though out our tour, there wasn’t any rain.

Idou Anfa hotel Casablanca

Idou Anfa Hotel & Spa, Casablanca, Morocco

Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech was our last itinerary in our tour package. After lunch we left for Casablanca a 2½+ hours drive away where we will be spending a night at Idou Anfa Hotel & Spa before flying home. This is the same hotel we’ve put up a night before our tour of Morocco started, that was included in our package. So we do get to rest before the start of our tour as well as after. Our flight home is noon tomorrow.

The hotel room is good considering we got one facing the main road. The room have a  sort of ‘enclosed’ balcony and there is a floor to ceiling sliding glass door to keep the room from the outside noise albeit having double glazed windows. This made the room really quiet. Although furnitures are a little dated, the beds are comfortable and everything works. There’s a grocery store opposite the hotel where you can buy mineral water and tid bits.

Idou Anfa Hotel & Spa, Casablanca

Frontage of Idou Anfa Hotel & Spa, Casablanca.

Idou Anfa Hotel & Spa, Casablanca

Route map from Marrakech to Casablanca. A 2½+ hrs drive.

Idou Anfa hotel Casablanca

Our twin single beds. 3 pillows each.

Idou Anfa hotel Casablanca

LED CTV. Furnitures are a little dated.

Idou Anfa hotel Casablanca

The bathroom.

Idou Anfa Hotel & Spa, Casablanca

Emirates office opposite the hotel.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco

Jardin Majorelle or the Majorelle Garden is a twelve-acre botanical garden in Marrakech. The garden was originally owned by Jacques Majorelle a painter originating from France. The property was later put up for sale after his death. On learning that a hotel construction was planned for the plot of land, co-founders of YSL, Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge bought it in 1980 and undertook to restore the neglected garden.

Irrigation systems were installed for the distribution of water to the specific needs of each plant. New plant species were added and a team of gardeners were engaged to maintain the garden, ponds and fountains.

An interesting item to note is the use of the color blue, more specifically ‘Majorelle Blue’ in the garden. So unique is this blue it is said to have been patented. Yves Saint Laurent receives endless source of inspirations in Jardin Majorelle. After his death in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the garden

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Ticket booth at the entrance.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Jardin Majorelle directional signboard.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Way to YSL memorial.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

YSL memorial. Credit : jardinmajorelle.com

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Garden with bamboo trees.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Pond in the garden.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Fountain in a pond surrounded with cactus.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

More cactus plants.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Varieties of cactus.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Beautifully kept cactus garden.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Creeping cactus, standing cactus, bulb cactus. You name it.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

A splash of other colors minimally used.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Plenty of benches in the garden to rest.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Berber museum in the background.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

A popular photographed window.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Courtyard for you to rest.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Another popular spot to photograph due to the contrasting colours.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Exterior of Berber museum.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Exterior of Berber museum.

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