Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 84
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84 Surviving the souk
Women travellers may be put off going to Morocco by the thought of hassle, but ANNABELLE THORPE reckons there's a distinct knack to Marrakesh OINTING to bulging plastic bags, my sister said: "I've spent my money today. "Then see, try on tomorrow, beautiful gazelle," he said to Caroline, bending to kiss her hand. Full of hawkers, hecklers, street sellers and snake charmers, Marrakesh is not the ideal place to visit if you fancy a relaxing week. But within the rose-coloured walls of the medina, or old city, lies a world so different to our own that it takes a couple of days to adjust. It's also supposedly not an ideal place for women travellers, but Caroline had travelled a lot in the Middle East and I had lived in Turkey; we reckoned we could cope with a few inquisitive Moroccans. Stalls appear from 5pm.