TRAVEL HINTS

Penticton Herald - - WINE & DINE -

Our guide was free, an­tic­i­pat­ing our pur­chases, but many street cor­ners in Mo­cocco’s Me­d­i­nas are pop­u­lated with du­bi­ous char­ac­ters who swoop down on tourists be­fud­dled by the com­plex labyrinth of wind­ing al­ley­ways. They open with lines like “Lis­ten, I not a guide. I want to prac­tice my English” or “I am stu­dent. Big wel­come, my friend. I show you …” but they will de­mand sub­stan­tial pay­ment upon reach­ing your des­ti­na­tion. Down­load a Google map of the Medina onto your por­ta­ble de­vice in­stead.

For a more au­then­tic ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, find a room at one of the many ri­ads in­side the Medina, rather than an or­di­nary ho­tel. These are for­mer homes of prom­i­nent Mo­roc­cans, tra­di­tion­ally con­structed around an open cen­tral court­yard graced by a foun­tain and open to the sky, now con­verted to bou­tique ho­tels. Though some­times hard to find (see above) they are worth the search, of­fer­ing per­son­al­ized ser­vice in lux­u­ri­ous sur­round­ings at rea­son­able prices.

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