Hi, everyone. I'm researching for a honeymoon/first time visit. My fiance is not quite as traveled as I am, and we're both new to travel in this region/N. Africa. Marrakesh/Morocco was on our 'short list' (along with Barcelona and Istanbul) and I'm thinking due to various circumstances, we're likely to go with Marrakesh for this big trip. We are probably not going to have this trip in our budget until Sept. or October of 2014, as our wedding is end of March, 2014.
So, I have a few questions, actually. Thanks very much, in advance, for any suggestion or assistance you may provide.
a. What would be a typical meal (lunch or dinner) in USDollars, per person? I'm looking for a baseline for a salad, meat, rice or potatoes, dessert, non-alcoholic beverage...nothing gormet, nor cheap/fast food....of course we'll do a bit of each of those, but I'm trying to budget and plan for the 'average' price per day for food. We'd eat at our riad for breakfast, so that's not a factor.
b. Is travel uncomfortably hot and sticky if you go anytime before October but after March? Another way to say it - what are the most comfortable times to visit, based on temperature. Obviously while in our hotel room or the inside of hotel/restaurant/musuems, we hope it will be A/C, but for any excursions, I'm wanting to be as comfortable as possible. What do you recommend? I'm native to northern US (where it's deep snow and icy all winter, and rarely warm enough to swim in the ocean), and my body is very sensitive to overheating.
c. My fiance speaks only a handful of words in French, but I am conversationally fluent. Will we be ok using French and English, or do you feel we may have frequent difficulty without any Arabic? I'm able to learn a few words, but at this point (with my prior travel and studies) my memory of and knowledge of foreign language is like a soup (Portuguese, Spanish, German, Italian, French, English.....blah) and I just find it very diffcult to add more to this jumble.
d. What guide book/s do you recommend for English-speakers who are very visual? - I like the D/K series (I have used them in various European countries such as Portugal with great success....to give you an idea of what design works for me.)
e. What is a fair rate from the airport to the Medina for a taxi?
Thanks! Thanks! Thanks ! Thanks!
Ella & Joel