Marrakech Stage 1

As you may know, today I have embarked on my virgin trip to Marrakech, along with @penshawgrump & @grayed. Our vehicle of choice is Ryanair. Booking was simple, and to be fair cheap, providing you travel in everything you intend to wear for the entire trip. The biggest worry was the baggage allowance. Not wanting to spend and extra £30 each way to check in a bag, I have opted to travel as lightly as possible. Not all that easy when you’re planning a half decent photography holiday. SLR, extra lenses, tripod, all on top of your clothes and of course the iPad.

A certain degree of time was spent focused on nothing other than finding a bad that could accommodate my needs that would also fit into the tiny dimension aloud by the airline.

Suitable bad purchased, you’re still left a kittle nervous by the numerous e-mails warning of the low tolerance policy toward excess package and the appropriate charges should you go over this.

I now find myself on board hanging avoided the ‘extras’ trap but only then do you realise how low the standard service is.

Aside from the high price of a bottle of water, there is no netting on the back of the seats to contain any drinks you might have brought on board. I was half expecting to be offered to hire a mini cargo net for the duration for the flight for a nominal fee of £10. That got us think as to what other items we take for grant these airlines could start to charge extra for. We’ve already seen the comedy sketch about the extra cost of a life vest on Com Fly with Me, so what else could there be?

£5 for a mini umbrella to stop the dripping above your head. money well spent in a four hour flight!
£15 to replace the written yellow colour of the head rest in front of you with a colour of your own which clips on. A greet way to personalise your journey, a little similar to those SMART cars that are dressed as cows.
£3.50 to stop the advert that is on loop advertising a mobile SIM card for Europe when we are travelling to bloody North Africa.

Feel free to add any more of your own


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My name is Chris and I'm from Sunderland in the North East of England. My interests are varied which you will probably see on here over time but I do find it hard not to rant, so while I will try and keep my blog topical and interesting, there's still a fair chance that I may well jump up on my soap box from time to time.
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3 Responses to Marrakech Stage 1

  1. Pingback: Guide to Marrakech | ChrisV1977's Blog

  2. Herman says:

    Hi Chris, thanks for your very helpfull posts on Marrakech.
    I’ll be going there in a few weeks. As many things in Marrakech are under negociation, I’m looking for some guidelines on 1) price per hour of a horse coach 2) making pictures on Djeema of snake charmers. What’s your expereince in this?
    Thanks a lot, Herman

  3. ChrisV says:

    Hi Herman, thanks for your comments. As with anything in Marrakech, the price of the horse and carriage will always start high. I’m not sure how much it is as an hourly rate but you can negotiate if you have a set journey in mind. I do think that they have advertised tariffs, I’m just not confident that they actually stick to them. We paid about 100 dirhams for a 2 mile journey but it did take some negotiating to get down to that as the offered price was just over 300 dirhams. t was a pleasant way to get around Marrakech and also very relaxing but you will notice that you clothes pick up a certain odour afterwards.

    As for the snake charmers, there are other ways of getting their picture but you must remember that this is how they make their living, so with that in mind, do not be surprised if you find that each snake charmer has a number of ‘look-outs’ who will block your view or even cover the snake if they spot you trying to take a picture from a distance. You will find other sites offering tips of taking a picture from over someone else’s shoulder if you have a zoom lens but the best way to guarantee a good shot is to approach the snake charmer and agree a price. You should be able to negotiate something reasonable.

    Enjoy your holiday, I’m sure you’ll have a great time.


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