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And away we go!
What a trip -- a clear line was drawn between the blondes and the brunettes, for better or worse, beginning with the flight to Marrakech. I was sad to see that the dumping on Ramona, and to a lesser extent Sonja and me, began even before she arrived. Let me tell you about some of the lead-up.
We all pitched in together to get ready for the trip, including emailing websites of riads (villas) back and forth. When Simon and I visited Marrakech before, we stayed at the Hotel Mamounia, but with the ladies it wasn't practical to stay in a hotel. We'd all be isolated in our rooms with no places to gather together, so a riad was the way to go. I think the first place we looked at online scared everyone -- and we looked at a few that were not conducive to a girls' getaway. Also, the original itinerary had us landing in Casablanca and taking the bus halfway across the country. I'm completely up for adventures, but some of our group are less willing to give up their creature comforts and honestly even I didn't want to ride the bus.
Bottom line, I think everyone was a little anxious about going on this trip together, whether it was about the destination or the travel partners, or both. Was Ramona asking a lot? Yes. Was she asking for anything beyond what our trip advisors assured all of us we would have? No. I'm sure it was fun for LuAnn and Jill to snipe about her being a diva, but everyone was told to put in their own requests, so complaining about it afterward is a little disingenuous.
So, the three blondes arrived and found the car. I was sorry that we didn't get to see the long conversation the driver and I had about how the city had and hadn't changed in the years since I'd been there; I was trying to reassure the girls. Oh well. We arrived at Jnane Tamsna, which is in La Palmerie district and was beautiful beyond measure. The staff were fantastic, despite constantly being harangued by the ladies. Pop quiz, who tortured the staff the most that week? Hint -- not Ramona.
We all dove into the mint tea, the traditional daytime beverage of hospitality, and tried to stay awake. It had been a long flight, and since it was important to talk and spend time together while flying, it was hard to sleep so I think both shifts of travelers arrived tired. I excused myself and passed out for a few hours. Ramona and Sonja couldn't sleep, and decided to take a drive over to the Mamounia, which is where many New Yorkers and Parisians stay. We had talked about it on the way over, and once the girls came back, they were completely refreshed and on board with the trip. They had run into people we all know, gotten the "lay of the land," learned that the riad we were staying in was top-of-the-line and first rate, and were ready to have some fun.
Are hanger shortages in hotels really that big of a problem? I never knew!! LOL
You were not in this episode too much. Hope you will be on more of the upcoming ones.
As usual the truth comes out through you Alex. The brunettes are very rude and snippy this week. Maybe they should go blonde and they will feel better.
Alex you are my all time favorite housewife. You are so down to earth and level headed.. Keep it up!
Alex, you are so classy, I wish the ladies would take some lessons from you. Luann is a countess, but you are the queen of the New York City real housewives!
Hi Alex! They need to get rid of RHNY and put you on Bethennys show. You two are the greatest to watch!
Hands down you've been the classiest broad on this trip. I totally identified with you this episode. Your face said it all several times.
Alex- I am so glad that they have you on this show! I love how you keep it real and call people out! I have to say that I am glad that you've toned down on "going off on people," because that did start to get a little old. However, when there seems to be a difference in opinions.. yours is always the one I feel like I can trust!
Alex your blog is the best - we know that all we see is not what is really going on! You should have been the hostess with Sonja because then there would have been some fun!
Alex! I am so sad that you were not in this episode as much as teh others, I hope that changes next week! You are the best! The show is better when you are in it more!
Thank you Alex for being the only one that is down to earth. You like nice things and are able to provide them for yourself but yet you do not go around expecting everyone else to cater to your needs (Ramona). Couldn't you have just died when she asked the designer to put a log on the fire?! She needs to get over herself, everyone on the show has worked hard to get to where they are, not just her! I like that you are outspoken but still able to keep from being rude about it. You're my favorite, keep it real!
Love you Alex. I have to laugh when your expressions of shock mirror my feelings as the others conven "their crazies". You are a breath of fresh air. Love your little family too!!!
You are the only housewife who doesn't continually try to hurt one of the others. I'm sooooo glad Bethaney got away from those mean girls.
I like your new found voice this year. Remeber to use it diplomatically instead of caddy--it's easy to get sucked in.
I can appreciate you trying to defend Ramona, but there is really no defending her. Last night was the first time I've watched this RH franchise, but that woman was positively insufferable. You mention in your blog that everyone was asked to provide their requests while over on her blog, Ramona is criticizing LuAnn's hostess skills (and just about anyone that doesn't agree with her) b/c she didn't ask anyone for their requests. Personally, I'll take your word over hers.
And thank God you got that log for the fire. I wasn't even in that room and I was completely uncomfortable watching her berate the designer, bend his drawing and then ask him to put a log on the fire. I simply couldn't believe what I was seeing/hearing. I can't imagine how horrified you were. Bad enough that you had to deal with her on the flight/ride. I felt so sorry for you.
You are smart and level headed. So patient as well. You would be my choice to meet and have lunch with. You are real and have so much common sense. I like that. Sarah
Alex I really do like watching you. I feel like there is probably more anger and drama coming for you and Jill? I hope not. I think it's great you're standing up for yourself. But like Jill said talking in your kitchen that day. You can't count every single little error and hold it against the person you're trying to build a friendship with. I think Cindy has a gaurd up because of how awful Ramona and Sonya has already been to her. They quickly do not like anyone who don't drink,party or has more money than they do. It was sad to me you were stuck with those two that day. You are easy going and grateful for what others do and you would of had more fun with the other ladies where you would fit in more. Keep being your wonderful self and don't let the other blondes drag you down to their level.
alex u are the best!!!! love love love u!!! all the other girls should act more like u, then everyone would get along and have fun:)
THANK YOU for being you and for giving the true version. Of course we know a lot is edited for drama reasons, but I hate how they are picking on Ramona this year. Seriously, the brunettes are brutal with their nit picking and constant talking behind peoples backs. Love you and your fam!
Alex I love how you worded everything in this while still having class and calling everything like it is! You are very enjoyable to watch because of your attitude and how you are nice to everyone, love it! Big fan of yours!!
It must be hard being the one with the most common sense in a nest of insanity. I give you credit for staying sane.
You are so sweet and smart. Your comments always ring true...i.e. 3 sides to every story, yours, mine and the truth...keep it up!!!
Love you Alex. The voice of reason and most down to earth. And boy do we need down to earth this day and time.
Alex, This season you seem to find who the real you is. Last season was over the top with you and the need to find your voice. I think all of N.Y. heard it when they didn't want to. You seem to speak up when theres a need this season but not jump into everyones face at every comment. You also seem to know that maybe you did go a little too far last season. As far as the trip went, you can not really think their behavior was justified? They treated every one like lower class citizens. Get more fire, do this, where's my pino etc... They were an embarrestment to all of America and even you seemed embarrest. Jill is a good person and why is it OK for everyone to talk about everyone and yet you jump all over her for everything you and the others do as well. Yes she may open her mouth at times, but so do YOU. At least she apologizes for it. Please don't go into the big mouth mean Alex like before and stay true to yourself. Look at both sides and realize there is fault on both sides. Everyone liked Ramona before but she is out of control
Alex you are truly amazing - you are beautiful, strong, classy and just likeable!!! Love you and I agree with the viewer who said you should appear on Bethanny's show more often - the two of you are absolutely wonderful!!!
ALEX, YOU HAVE THE PATIENCE OF A SAINT! TRULY YOU DO.... THE WAY YOU KEEP YOUR COOL WITH RAMONA AMAZES ME. SHE CAN BE SO OFFENSIVE AND NOT EVEN BAT A LASH.... I THINK YOU OVERLOOK A LOT WITH HER BECAUSE YOU WANT TO KEEP THE PEACE. I REALLY RESPECT THAT IN YOU!
Alex, You did exactly what I would have done, jsut go get the wood and place it in the fire place. You were great.
your becoming my favorite! I like how you genuinly dont want to be catty or hurt others!! you must have a clear mind ...the other cast members?? I'm not so sure
Alex, you are wonderful, respectful and can be anyone's true friend. I am glad that you have a voice this season. You know when to speak and when not to speak. Girlfriend, Ramona, needs to take some lessons from you. Don't get me wrong I like her too, but she needs to calm down.
Alex, I find your message to be genuine and calming. There also seems to be a lot going on that we don't get to see. Please continue to call out those people who play dirty. One little thing, what lipshade are you wearing when you met with Sonja to resolve the misunderstanding about speaking at the marriage equality march? It seems to be a shade of berry with just a bit of brown. It looks wonderful on you.
Alex--you and Ramona are my favorites! I feel you two are the only truly confident and authentic women who are comfortable being themselves. Everyone else plays to the cameras!
Thank you for being your calm self. I can't believe how much sniping I've seen this year from the ladies. I think everyone should have taken a nap and drunk lots of soothing mint tea.
I find myself reading your blog first when I want a more accurate or truthful picture of what has happened. Thank you!
I know Bravo marketing has sided you as a "blonde" in this battle, and your loyalty to that side is admirable, but.....you have got to admit that Ramona and Sonia purposely lied about going to that hotel, saying they wanted to relax by going for a drive, and not saying their true intention, just so that they could ditch the others, and have lunch at that 5 star hotel. If they had told of their true intentions, one or all of the others may have wanted to tag along, and they did not want that, so they lied. Let's be real here Alex. Don't gloss over their questionable behavior please.
Love the fact that Alex's personality is being highlighted more and more each week. She puts those moral bottom-dwellers to shame.
Alex, really like the growth from first season to this one. You are your own woman and I am pleased to see how you and Simon continue to promote yourselves in a positive manner. It's obvious you love and respect each other.
Stay partial. Romana and Jill have been friends for years and I think Jill can handle mean girl Romana.
I think you are great and very genuine. I think you really try to friend everyone if you can. Ramona is just a little "off the beam" this season. What is with LuAnn?? She has a bit of a nasty streak for someone who claims to be so cultured. Does no one else see that? Her nasty side seems to get a little stronger each season.