Jet Set to Puerto Banus - Costa del Sol - Spain.. no I did not tke the boat!!

Cities Spain - Puerto Banus
Marbella ( Queen of Costa del Sol)
--Celebrities & artstocrats
--Merbella club - by price Alfonso Von Hohenlohe 1953, of Liechtenstein for us3k.
Pauerto Banus (Costa's most exclusive marina)
--Palm, trees, neop Andalusian style architecure - mock minearets & moorish arches - is pristine while
--large Yatchs & celeberty spottin
--most cosmopolitan & sophisticated
--design boutics, intl hotels, huge estate agents, luxury car dealers, & gourmet restaurants
----Cannabis Plantation in Morrocc's Rif mountains - Costa del Crime

These are the keyworks for the Morroco.....gibrartar and costa de la sol triangle and yes i lost my Palm pilot as evidence of the Costa del Crime... read on...

PB is situated between Marbella and San Pedro (approximately 6 km from Marbella, click here for a and is home to some of the most impressive yachts in the world. There is a wide array of bars, restaurants and designer shops along the water-front at Muelle Rivera. As far as restaurants and bards are concerned, you will find that dinner in Puerto Banus, though expensive, becomes a pleasure for the senses, as you will find the best restaurants and the finest kitchen here.

Puerto Jose Banus was inaugurated in May of 1970. It has a capacity for 915 docking posts for berths ranging from 8 to 50m, and two beaches on either side over 150m long. Puerto Banus in Marbella is one of the meeting points where there is a pleasant level of life. The port has a fuel reserve open 24 hours a day, every day, with direct supply to large yachts on the main pier. There is 24 hour surveillance with centralized alarm for boats (optional) and closed circuit TV. Average daily yacht occupancy of the port is ay 760-800.

Puerto Banus nightlife is well known among celebrities, and there are countless clubs and pubs. In the summer months, the whole place rocks 'till daybreak' but expect to pay for it. There are hotels in Puerto Banus of all grades are plentiful but it will be cheaper for you to stay outside Puerto Banus. If you like discotheques and ending up dancing until high hours of the dawn we suggest the well-known discos La Notte, Olivia Valere, and Oh! Marbella, but if you prefer a more youthful atmosphere try Dreamer's.

Many illustrious visitors have passed through it, including the King and Queen of Spain and Belgium, General Franco, Nobel Prize winner Camilo Jose Cela, and Antonio Banderas among others. Puerto Banus' yearly visitors are estimated at over 4,400,000. There are nine 18-hole golf courses and one 9-hole golf course within a 10km radius with lighting facilities for playing at night. Some of these are considered to be the best in Europe. There is a street market every Saturday morning by the bullring.

my experience was to be posted from my lost Palm pilot, but soon to be posted here from memory.. BTW, I had a blast and only the pics can tell more...

Marakesh -Morocco

Here we are in Marakesh Morocco:
Independent monarchy, divided into 37 provinces, and the 2 governorates (wilaya) of Casablanca and Rabat-Sale.
Morocco claims, and occupies most of Western Sahara. Morocco also claims the territory of Spanish North Africa. Some hash producing regions in the north are out of control of the central authorities.
Day of independence: March 2, 1956.
Throne Day: July 30, 1999Head of state: Muhammad 6
Prime ministers: Driss Jettou.
The government is made up of 31 ministers.
National Assembly: There are 2 chambers, the Representative with 325 members, and the Advisers with 270 members. All members of the Representative Chamber are elected from general elections. For the Advisers Chamber, 162 seats are elected by local councils, 81 by chambers of commerce and 27 by trade unions.
Inhabitants: 31.2 million (2005 estimate).
Founded in 1070-72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural centre for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia. It has several impressive monuments dating from that period: the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, the battlements, monumental doors, gardens, etc. Later architectural jewels include the Bandiâ Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Saadian Tombs, several great residences and Place Jamaâ El Fna, a veritable open-air theatre.
The first feeling one has when entering this particular imperial capital is of pure enchantment. We are bewitched-falling under the spell of the place and its people, folk artists to their very souls who have only one aim in view to make a stay in their city as entrancing an experience as possible. With its world-famous square, Jamaâ El Fna, the beacon city of the Almoravids was founded in about 1070 with a view to controlling traffic from the nearby Atlas. It was from this rudimentary settlement that the earliest conquests were launched. Abou Bakr, head of the Almoravids, undertook the construction of a kasbah, nicknamed the "stone castle" only yards away from the present site of the Koutoubia.
Marrakesh became the capital of a vast empire in the reign of Youssef Ben Tachfine-an empire which, under the Almohads, reached as for as the frontiers of Libya.
The first Almohad sovereign, Abdelmoumen began the construction of the Koutoubia mosque, which his grandson Yacoub El Mansour adorned with a superb minaret, still standing today. His son Youssef had reservoirs dug and a spreading administrative district constructed
-Marrakesh reached the height of its glory. Built in the same epoch as Seville's "la Giralda" and Rabat's "Tour Hassan", the Koutoubia, dating from the 11th century, is a truc masterpiece of hispano-moorish art. Its minaret rises to almost 70 metres.
The Badii Palace bas long been regarded as a wonder of the Muslim world. It was the sovereign Ahmed El Mansour Dahbi who undertook construction of the palace following his victory over the Portuguese in the year 986 of the hejira (1578), a victory well-known in the Western World under the name of the Battle of the Three Kings. The major construction work went on for sixteen years. Other marvels to be found in the Red City are the Dar Si Said museum, containing much quintessential Moroccan art and displaying the glittering array of gold and marble ornaments collected by Ahmed El Mansour (1578-1603), greatest of Saadian rulers, the Medersa Ben Youssef, a koranic school founded in 1570 by Moulay Abdallah and a truc masterpiece of Merinid architecture, the Agdal gardens, laid out in the 12th century during the reign of Abdelmoumen and the Menara, a magnificent artificiel lake fringed with flowers ...
Framed by the snowy heights of the Atlas, with rose-coloured ramparts and a thousand year old palm grove, Marrakesh casts a magic spell. Sumptuous and exuberant, it radiates splendour and mysticism ; at the dye merchants, in the explosion of multicoloured wools ; at Festival time, in the rhythm of the music, in the emotion of the dancers ; in the idle talk of the merchants and in the skill of the jugglers. Enchantment, you feel in the shade of the blue gardens and in the overwhelming perfection of the Koutoubia.
Between the souks and the riads , the charm of Marrakech has an immediate effect on the visitor.
Some like it for its medina, others appreciate it for its monuments, and others still adulate it for its trendy restaurants …
Marrakech has unanimity : the ochre city is the city to visit
The Term médina , in Arabic madina , means old city in contrast to the modern (European style) city.
In Morocco , the riads (also transcribed riyads or ryads ) represent the traditional dwelling in the medina. Etymologically, a riad means « garden » in Arabic.
As you go through the alleys of one of the medinas in Morocco , you will have no doubt that behind the great walls with decent-looking entrance doors, there hide those sumptuous dwellings.
From the very entrance, you will have to go through an elbow-shaped corridor. It is designed in such a way as to leave no chance for any inquisitive eye to steal a glimpse of the splendor of the place: Riads being traditionally constructed in such a way as to be totally closed on the outside world to protect the intimacy of the women inside.
The Riads of Morocco are still full of yesteryear ambiances; their mystery continues to fascinate a large number of foreign visitors who come for a sojourn there.
Understanding Marrakech :
The Medina , once the only part of town, is still the core of Marrakech. Since the Protectorate, new neighborhoods have been added to the city.
The Modern part shelters the Gueliz and the Hivernage : neighborhoods famous for their many restaurants and stores.

Not to forget the beautiful Palmeraie (Palm grove) without which Marrakech would never be the same ! Thirty years ago , superb hotels, palaces and other villas were constructed there. The Palmeraie (palm grove), far from downtown hubbub, offers isolation, tranquility and quietude within a magic framework !

Around Marrakech :
Marrakech is blessed with an extraordinary setting in Morocco : East, the Atlantic coast- the coastal cities (Agadir and Essaouira) are only a few hours drive away.- To the South, the High Atlas protects Marrakech from the arid climate of the South, and provides a source for irrigating the city gardens and the three magnificent internationally-known golf courses. -North, the economic cities of Casablanca and Rabat are accessible via highway.
Only a few hours away from Marrakech, sea, snow, and desert are all on offer!


Jet Set to Casablanca

The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama Casablanca (1942), always found on top-ten lists of films, is a masterful tale of two men vying for the same woman's love in a love triangle. The story of political and romantic espionage is set against the backdrop of the wartime conflict between democracy and totalitarianism.
[The date given for the film is often given as either 1942 and 1943. That is because its limited premiere was in 1942, but the film did not play nationally, or in Los Angeles, until 1943.]
With rich and smoky atmosphere, anti-Nazi propaganda, Max Steiner's superb musical score, suspense, unforgettable characters (supposedly 34 nationalities are included in its cast) and memorable lines of dialogue (e.g., "Here's lookin' at you, kid," and the inaccurately-quoted "Play it again, Sam"), it is one of the most popular, magical (and flawless) films of all time - focused on the themes of lost love, honor and duty, self-sacrifice and romance within a chaotic world.
If the Hollywood image of
'Casablanca' is important to you, prepare for a shock from Casablanca. The city is further away from Oriental romanticism than any other in Morocco, and Casablanca is a modern city - and beautiful in its own respect.
Chronic cannabis intoxication of a significant fraction of the male population still prevails in Morocco. The preparation used (kif) is a powder made from the dried flower of the female plant. It contains 2 to 3% THC and is smoked mixed with tobacco (1/3 of the mixture).
Previous reports have documented an improvement in night vision among Jamaican fishermen after ingestion of a crude tincture of herbal cannabis, while two members of this group noted that Moroccan fishermen and mountain dwellers observe an analogous improvement after smoking kif
On the other side of the Strait, Gibraltar is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. It is located in southwestern Europe adjoining the southern coast of Spain, a strategic location on the Strait of Gibraltar that links North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. The territory was under the Moorish control until 1462 when it was overrun by Spanish forces. The Anglo-Dutch force seized the rock in 1704 and the territory was ceded to Great Britain in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. Ever since, it has belonged to the United Kingdom despite several attempts by Spain to claim the strategic territory.

The rivalry between Christian Spain whose identity is based on the memories of expelling of the moors during the "reconquista" in the 15-17th centuries and the Moroccan Muslim dynasties is thus a red thread of the region’s history and social dynamics. The relationship between Morocco and Spain has deteriorated over the past decade and Morocco has refused to cooperate on many border issues, while rejecting all non-Moroccans who try to use the country as a stepping stone to Europe. The Government of Morocco has called for the integration of Ceuta and Melilla into its national territory, drawing comparisons with Spain’s claims on Gibraltar. 2000, El Ejido , terrorism in 2004, new government in 2005 and reconciliation…