I had the occasion to spend some in Morocco recently with B. Actually, she put together the whole trip, and I was just along for the ride. As Morocco is a very visually stimulating place, I put on my shutterbug hat and went wild. During the span of our 10 days there, I snapped well over 1000 frames. And judging by the length of this post, one would think that I put them all on here, haha. The images in this post are from the five days that we spent in Marrakech. I’m have organized them into three groups:
- Places and People
A bit about Marrakech:
I wasn’t really sure what to think about it before I went. When I arrived it certainly wasn’t what I expected. We stayed inside the medina section of the city. The Medina is the old city center, a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways enclosed by a perimeter wall. To say that it is easy to get lost is an understatement. It took us a solid day just to get our bearings, using the riad we stayed in (seen in the first image above, and would highly recommend to others) as a reference point. It was a very invigorating and occasionally frustrating experience. I will say that 5 days was more than enough time to spend there. If I could do it again, I would probably have shortened it to three days.
Here is what I saw, starting with Places and People:
Here are some of the things I saw. The cheerleader effect plays well in Marrakech. The shops have massive assortments of wares that look amazing positioned all together. But it makes it very hard to buy just one, or even a couple of things. Because the individual items seem much less alluring without all of their counterparts.
Here are some details. The image directly below is a stencil in a random alleyway where we stopped to check the map. The artist, C215 happens to be one that I have followed for a number of years. It was very cool to encounter this piece by pure chance in northern Africa.
And finally, here are some landscapes and night shots. The image directly below was shot from the roof of our riad, looking south toward the High Atlas mountains.