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Water sellers in Marrakesh

Pull up a seat in a Marrakshi café, order yourself a mint tea and watch the parade go buy. Watersellers with red pompom hats and leather goatskins clink brass cups to attract customers. Berber women hawk fresh produce or try to lure tourists for a henna tattoo. Boys on scooters out-manoeuvre old men on donkeys and hand carts piled high with goods going to market. Young women in fashionable headscarves chat on smartphones, kebab vendors shout for custom in front of kids paying football, and tourists stand amazed at the entire scene. You’re one of them, so enjoy the show!

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about 5 years ago

Romantic riads

Marrakesh introduced to the world the concept of the riad – a boutique guesthouse in a converted medina townhouse. They’re enclosed from the world, with nothing but a brass-nailed door to hint at what’s inside. A riad is centered on its courtyard (open to the sky and often with a garden), with just a handful of rooms stacked around to provide an intimate home from home. Decoration ranges from Moroccan bling to slick contemporary style, creating such gorgeous havens that it’s sometimes hard to remember to leave and explore the rest of the city.
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about 5 years ago

Getaway from the crowds

It might seem impossible to get away from the crowds that throng the Marrakesh medina, but there’s always a way to beat the crush. Tourist sites like the Saadian tombs and Marjorelle Gardens are best visited in the early morning, when the light is best for photos and before the coach visitors pile in. You can walk swathes of the medina largely to yourself on a Friday morning when everything is shut up before midday prayers. Evening strolls in the parks of the Ville Nouvelle tend to leave the tourists far behind – and if the place still feels as if it presses in on you, retreat to the comfort of your riad and dream that you really own a Moroccan palace of your own.
about 5 years ago

Stop in Morocco

Spotted this stop sign somewhere along the N10 highway in the heart of Morocco. We were on our way to Marrakech from Merzouga where we spent a couple of days in the Sahara Desert. You don’t need to read Arabic to know what this sign is demanding. Arabic is one of the most beautifully written languages I have encountered in twenty-five years of travel on four continents.
about 5 years ago

Shake Your Money Maker...

Le Competoir Darna in Marrakesh is quite an experience. Belly Dancers and women with trays of burning candles dance around you while you eat/drink. Completely touristy but when in Morocco.... http://comptoirmarrakech.com/en
about 5 years ago

To Your Right, Off the Path

In an effort to remember and visually preserve my travels, I often like to snap pictures of just about everything, including what I see off the sanctioned path. Wandering through the souq of Marrakech, this road wandered off probably to a residential area of the medina. The fact that it's a little grittier, not made perfect and shiny for tourists and shoppers lends it something of a realism in the midst of the frenzy of souvenirs and haggling it deviates from, if even for a short glimpse to bring me back to reality. EDIT: On a recent trip back to Marrakech, my friend dragged me along to her new favorite herbs, spices, and cosmetics shop. I was delighted to find that it was just down this road! Dar Al-Atrya sells of course argan oil, but also rose water and oil, spices, all you need for hammam, and more. They didn't pressure us to buy at all when we were there (very refreshing in Marrakech!) and were very helpful. I'll be going back any time I'm back to pick up some more argan or jasmine oil and can't recommend it highly enough. Enter the souq from Djemma el-Fna to the left of the old Cafe Argana (now just a large white sheet) and follow that road for a few minutes until you see these arches. I promise it's not too difficult and is only a few minutes in, near the Fnaque Berbere. Enjoy!
about 5 years ago

Carved door, hiding a wonderland.

I took many door pictures. Each seemed to have it's own personality. The streets in the medina are narrow, and crowded with donkeys, and vendors, and people. Doors, like this one, seal off the private lush gardens, and opulent Riads and homes. I wish I could peek in every one!
about 5 years ago

Donkey in the Medina

The working donkey, at rest, in the medina.
about 5 years ago

Thank You very Marrakesh!

Sometimes referred to as Berber Whisky, tea has been an integral part of Moroccan culture for centuries. However, this is not solely unique to Morocco; the offering of tea in many cultures is a sign of hospitality and respect for ones guests. Upon entering homes, or shops, one is always offered the ever famous green tea with mint leaves, which is usually served highly sweetened with sugar. The pouring of the tea is also an art form. The higher you have the tea kettle from the glass with a perfect bead of liquid flowing, the more accomplished is the poorer. So sit back and enjoy the warmth and hospitality of your hosts, it may become one of the favorite parts of your trip.
about 5 years ago

Beat the heat with hot tea! Say the Bedouins

On the matter of hot beverages to combat heat, I was convinced that day, when I chose hot Morrocan Mint tea at 38C over Cola with ice in Marrakech. Well!! What else did you expect: the feeling of heat was much better, I felt less tired, in fact fresher! If it just wouldn’t be that sweet! I learned a lesson that day: To beat the heat, drink hot beverages, it really works! A wisdom, Bedouin always knew and lived by! Scientists say: Consuming a hot drink does add heat to your body, but that heat actually increases the rate at which you sweat, which can help cool you off. The scientists who conducted the study believe that thermosensors lining the throat and mouth might be what triggers the sweating response.
almost 5 years ago

Sunset over the Marrakech medina

Winter is my favourite season in Marrakech with gorgeous sunsets after a warm day!
over 4 years ago

Seeing Red In Marrakech

It’s a two-hour drive south from Casablanca Airport to Marrakech through a patchwork of lush crops. Donkeys, known locally as 4 x 4’s, dot the landscape. Our driver tells us Moroccans are ‘mad as anything and love a party’. Friday, although prayer day, is more about cous cous with fifteen vegetables, recipes passed down through generations. The dusty landscape is punctuated by a sea of red villas on the city fringe, many owned by wealthy Europeans. Once a Frenchman moved in and painted his house blue. Instructed by locals to paint it red again he refused. One night while sleeping, dozens of local men gathered with tins of red paint and painted his house red for him again. A week later, the Frenchman left Marrakech never to return.
over 2 years ago

Bio7anot propose a bio cosmetic products and pure argan oil grown in southeast of Morocco

Moroccan souks Moroccan souks..Never understand what you might find in the souk. From Art Deco gems in Marrakesh’s collectibles market to a 1950s food processor in Casablanca’s junk market, a fascinating array of items washes up in these bastions of the unexpected. Weekly markets, to which farmers and their families flock, are awash with livestock, fruits, vegetables, spices, and nuts, as well as scented oils, repurposed paint-can buckets, and all manner of animal feed. Next to the baked-clay crockery and fluorescent-pink and green popcorn, the apothecary stalls dispense dried chameleons, split rocks with fossils inside, and fragments of meteorite. Look more sport some antique Berber jewelry wedding blanket. Moroccan markets, souks, and bazaars buzz with life.