Greetings from Marrakech!
I can’t remember being more excited and nervous all at once than the day I landed in Morocco.
When you’re used to being surrounded by concrete Haussmann architecture and you’re suddenly seeing kilometers of arid desert and sharing your lane with stray donkeys, you know you’re in for a couple of surprises.
Marrakech is just that!
Whether you’re a pro or an amateur, Marrakech brings out the paparazzi in most of us.
The vibrant colors, the lighting and souks that just seem to go on forever all present incredible opportunities for travel photography.
Personally, my biggest fear (as is the case for many tourists visiting Marrakech) was getting lost in the souks, which – need I say, inevitably happened!
So, what is it like you say?
Well, you’ll definitely spot a couple of weavers working on baskets and colorful rugs. You’ll see streets full of hawkers selling piles of fresh herbs, nuts, eggs and fruit of all colors.
A cart will randomly rumble past you, laden with oranges and watermelon.
The smell of delicious freshly baked ‘khoubz’ (bread) will waft over you.
You’ll walk for hours as if on some magical treasure hunt looking AND finding unique pieces at every little corner you turn.
You will be fooled by the welcoming smile of the locals convincing you to buy your fifth bottle of argon oil. You will be beckoned to try some olives in chilly sauce or one of the traditional Tajines (a cooked dish of soft vegetables, lamb or chicken and delicious flavorful rice).
And you will most certainly trade croissants and Pierre Hermé macaroons for a second helping of avocado flavored ice-cream or honey & pistachio coated moroccan pastries. Mmm, I hunger at the thought!
So you see, getting lost in the souks is definitely a good idea!
Fat chance you’ll leave with a bagful of unique souvenirs, a camera full of photos and a dozen of hilarious travel tales to share.
Coming soon : my travels to Fes and Essaouira, so do pop in soon!
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Photos credits by Teekay
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