Our last night in Morocco spent at the Riad Dar Binebine, with our hosts Clovis and Mahjouba, was the perfect ending to a wonderful vacation. It was our last night together as a family before going our separate ways. I wanted to visit Marrakesh and its famous main square Djemaa el-Fna, but my husband and I were a little reluctant to spend our last night in a busy city with chaotic driving, haggling over prices; the potential frustration of having to deal with last minute hidden additional costs when paying a bill. We did however, still need to do some last minute shopping and a place to stay, so our youngest son aged 25 and his girlfriend recommended the Riad Dar Binebine.
After a stressful hectic drive consisting of a series of misses and near hits as my husband maneuvered amidst a jungle of cars, mules pulling carts, big trucks and often what appeared to be a whole family on one moped, with women holding babies in their arms, we finally made it into the Medina, by going up a one way, and parked the car. We walked through narrow streets lined with every manner of shops, then at the end of an alley; beyond a big old locked door lay an oasis of peace, tranquility and beauty, with all the creature comforts of home. This Riad is an honest to goodness pearl, with a lush courtyard and super clean and stylish accommodations. The very best part though, was our gracious hosts Clovis and Mahjoub, both friendly, easy going and delightfully smart and funny. We all (myself, husband, two sons and girlfriend) enjoyed their company so much that we never did make it to the souks for the last minute gifts. Later that evening Clovis brought us to visit the sights and sounds of the Djemaa el-Fna. We all ate at his favorite food stall where we sampled a tasty variety of local delights. The next morning after the most restful and comfortable sleep, of the previous 7 nights, Mahjouba made us a delicious breakfast. I can honestly say that our stay at Riad Dar Binebine with Clovis and Mahjoub was most definitely one of the highlights of our trip; given the chance, we would all return and spend a lot more time!
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