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  1. The Medina in Marrakech - a photo essay

    posted by Colm Hanratty | 2 Comments

    Apr192012

    There are many fascinating places in the world, in every city and continent. Marrakech in Morocco is one of them. This city, in particular the Medina (old walled city), will leave you wondering where to look. In one corner somebody will be shouting 'My friend!', while in another snake charmers will be trying to lure tourists for photos. This post is a small snapshot of what you will see if you visit.

    The epicentre of everything in the 'Medina' is one of the world's most fascinating squares - Djemma El Fna.

    Behind this is a maze of streets filled with locals cycling and shops selling all types of items.

    You'll find things which taste nice.

    And others that smell nice.

    There is an abundance of carpet shops.

    All of which are run by friendly locals.

    Some times walking the alleys and lanes you'll feel like you're stepping back in time.

    If you're looking to redecorate a room or buy a gift, you'll pick up pictures of the city everywhere.

    Along with traditional clothing.

    Another colourful square in the Medina is Place des Espices.

    Which doesn't exclusively sell spices (in case you were wondering).

    But if it's spices you're looking for, they're everywhere to be found.

    They're extremely colourful too.

    Go deep into the Medina and you'll discover things get quieter.

    Then return to Djemma el Fna after dark and you'll discover it's livelier than ever when it's filled with food stalls.

    There are many to choose from, but we personally recommend Stall No. 32.

    Their sausages are the best on the square by a long shot.

    If you want to unwind after your food, check out Cafe de Espices on the square of the same name.

    Grab a local brew (mint tea) and watch the world go by.

    When you're on Djemma el Fna you'll notice a lot of snake charmers.

    Aim your camera at them and they'll happily pose...

    They'll make you pose too (at a price of course).

    Have you been to Marrakech? What did you think about it?

  2. 2 Comments so far.

    Lorna chansuwan said on 23/04/2012 at 2:08pm

    I've been twice and love it. Wish I could get there from Newcastle I'll be going again but would go for 2 to 3 days if local flights. I've done 16 nights and 7 nights.

    Jidee, THA said on 02/04/2012 at 12:08am

    Your wonderful pictures make me wanna go there again. Love them all.

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