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A first arrival at Marrakech airport is one to remember. Ours was five years ago, and we can still relive it like it was only yesterday. Travelers swoop down with snotty first world prejudices, assuming this north African airport is just another obstacle before the destination...and then they walk into this work of art that could be a palace or a madrasa or the fanciest hotel in the world. The only thing it really couldn't be? Going by UK or US standards, an airport.
Fly from Heathrow as we did last week and the difference is even more pronounced. From tired, grubby, work-in-progress-since-our-parents-can-remember Terminal 1 to this gleaming, light-filled palace. Never have we been more ashamed of the welcome the UK doles out to its visitors.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted at: the medina in Marrakech, Morocco.
This week's Travel Cat (or, really, two Travel Cats) comes from Shannon Shirvan of Ellicott City, Maryland. Her story:
Yesterday, we got on a plane from London-Heathrow to Marrakech. Reading the papers on the plane, we noted that it was International Women’s Day, and thought no more of it. That is, until we got off the plane and noticed a line of women at the entrance to the airport, dressed in pink and holding bunches of pink roses. OMG, we thought, either we’re on the plane with someone who merits a pink carpet arrival, or this is to do with IWD.
And so it was. Each and every woman disembarking the plane was handed a pink rose and told, “Happy International Women’s Day, Madame." Once everyone was off the plane, the pink ambassadors came out to baggage claim to prowl around the carousel in case they’d missed anyone. As an introduction to Morocco, they did their country proud.