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Location - North Africa; Capital - Rabat; Population - 32 million; Currency - Morocco Dirham MORE MOROCCO

I was interested in seeing the disputed territory of Western Sahara, so took a flight to Marrakech before heading south - December 2009.

 

mornoteThe Moroccan Dirham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor201Outside Hotel Ali, just down the road from the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

mor215The souqs of Marrakech are labyrinthine, with most located north of the Djemaa el Fna

 

 mor219A stall in the Marrakech souqs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor221An undercover section of a Marrakech souq

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor223Lamps, lamps and more lamps - Marrackech

 

mor226Caleches (horse & carts) wait for trade in front of the Koutoubia Mosque - Marrakech

 

mor231A 5-minute walk from the Djemaa el Fna is the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor232Koutoubia Mosque's minaret is almost 70 metres high - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor233A Moroccan flag flies outside the Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech

 

mor234The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque at sunset, from the Djemma el Fna - Marrakech

 

mor211The main drawcard for tourists is the Djemma el Fna, a central square that is a hive of activity day and night - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor209A caleche at Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor243Djemaa el Fna attracts musicians, dancers, snake charmers, acrobats, street entertainers and more - Marrakech

 

mor235There's work to be done - Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

mor204Traditional water sellers walking through the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor245Acrobats perform at the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor251But it's at night when the Djemaa el Fna comes into its own - Marrakech

 

mor248In the late afternoon/early evening temporary foodstalls are set up in the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

mor252And at this time it seems like locals and tourists converge on the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor255Fruit and nuts for sale in the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor257Stalls at the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

mor259Take a look around the hot-food stalls and choose one that's popular with the locals - Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

mor260Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor262Smoke rises above the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor263I recommend having a drink at one of the cafes surrounding the Djemaa el Fna. They're great places to take in the sights, sounds and superb atmosphere below, particularly at night - Marrakech

 

mor265The makeshift food stalls in Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

 

mor267Mix music, lights, smoke and chatter to create a great mood - Marrakech

 

My YouTube video here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor256 I must like taking photos of lamps...Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor258Marrakech was hosting the International Film Festival. There were lots of high-brow foreign films being shown around the city, aswell as The Wedding Crashers (?)

 

mor269Breakfast at Hotel Ali, Marrakech

 

mor281The Saadian Tombs house the rulers of Morocco from the 16th to 17th centuries - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor277The Saadian Tombs, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor278Throughout Marrakech birds use the walls as nests - Saadian Tombs

 

mor272..Sometimes on top of the walls rather than inside - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor274Close to the Saadian Tombs is the Kasbah Mosque - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor288The central courtyard of Ben Youssef Medersa - Marrakech

 

mor285Ben Youssef Medersa was a koranic school attached to the mosque of the same name - Marrakech

 

mor291It dates to the 14th century - Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor296Reflections in the central courtyard of Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor297Southwest of the medina are the Menara Gardens - Marrakech

 

mor303There's some big fish in the Menara Gardens pool - Marrakech

 

mor300Feeding the fish at the Menara Gardens.
It's just possible to see the outline of the Atlas mountains behind - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor319Also in the new town is the Majorelle Garden - Marrakech

 

mor321Majorelle Garden was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s - Marrakech

 

mor308aFrom 1980 Yves Saint Laurent jointly owned the botanical gardens until his death in 2008.
A memorial to the fashion designer can be found in the grounds - Marrakech

 

Majorelle Garden website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor314Along with terracotta blues, yellows and greens feature in the garden - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor311I'm calling this a terrapin (or turtle or tortoise? Take your pick) - Majorelle Garden, Marrakech

 

mor323Not quite out at the ranch, just the Majorelle Garden - Marrakech

 

mor304Behind the medina walls is the old town, containing the souqs, Djemaa el Fna and Koutoubia Mosque - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor326An outside 'restaurant' next to the bus station - Marrakech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor327Rows of delicious tajines get the charcoal treatment at a break in the journey from Marrakech to Agadir

Tajines explained

 

mor333Go to the kasbah for fantastic views of Agadir and the Atlantic Ocean - Agadir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor338Hopefully you'll have a blue sky day - Agadir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor330Fishing boats crowd into the port at Agadir

 

mor341The kasbah lies above Agadir's beach

 

mor347The Atlantic Ocean with the kasbah as a backdrop - Agadir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor346The sky clears at Agadir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mor348Agadir is a Winter package holiday destination for Europeans, and many Moroccans also come here to enjoy the beach

 

mor352Enjoying olives (with a beer of course) at a beachside restaurant - Agadir

 

 

mor354'Allah King Nation' is lit up on the slopes below the kasbah - Agadir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.tourism-in-morocco.com

www.muchmorocco.com - Morocco tourist board

www.oncf.ma - Moroccan train timetables, fares, info etc

www.ctm.ma - download timetable under Telechargement - 'Horaires & Tarifs CTM'

 

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