I walked the streets where Gladiator was filmed, strolled passed the fighter plane used when Jewel in the Nile was made here, through Egyptian tombs used countless times on TV and film, at every turn it was more Hollywood than Hollywood. And on every street corner, the potential Game of Thrones Unsullied and the biblical-looking extras were waiting for their big screen moment.
Morocco sounds like an exotic, faraway destination. And although it's undeniably exotic, it's not exactly faraway. Just a few hours on a plane can take you from the U.K., to the markets and palaces of Marrakech or the shores of Casablanca.
Morocco is possibly one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. For one week, myself and six other Arabic language students backpacked from Marrakech to Fes, discovering a diverse range of people, places and most importantly foods!
Stepping into the street of the Medina (Old City), from our tranquil guest house with its traditional courtyard, open-roof top and old fashioned doors and locks, was like stepping into a world not to far removed from the images of Asia and Africa depicted by 19th century European Orientalist travelogues and art works.
Four top international chefs, from France, Belgium, Spain and the UK, gather in Marrakech to create new dishes inspired by the cuisine of Morocco - only one of them will win the acclaimed title of MarrakChef 2014.
As part of my Eat, Pray, Love adventure, Morocco was the fifth phase of my twelve countries in twelve months journey that I couldn't wait to escape my busy city life to. The number five carries huge significance in their culture and everywhere I went this number seemed to appear.