We spent ten days in November travelling around the wonderful country of Morocco with Travel Talk Tours on their Exotic Morocco tour. You can see a full review of our Travel Talk tour of Morocco here.
In the meantime, this post is full of some of the best photos from the trip to give you an idea of what we experienced travelling in Morocco.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Morocco – and was pleasantly surprised by the variety of landscapes and scenes to shoot.
It’s a monkey! He looks totally happy with life, but the truth is he was in the middle of being chased out of a tree by another monkey, and he only held this face for a tenth of a second or less!
This is totally a camel. You can’t go to the Sahara and not take pictures of camels, so I took pictures of camels. They were quite friendly, if slightly dribbly.
These are the incredible high Atlas mountains, which run in a spine down the country. Here the villages cling to the hillsides, the skies are gorgeously blue and the clouds float serenely on by. There’s probably a poem in there somewhere.
Whoever came up with the idea of contour lines probably came here first.
Laundry day in the Atlas mountains…
To the east of the country is the edge of the Sahara desert, which stretches across north Africa all the way to Egypt. It’s an immense place, and we just touched on the edge of it. As you can see, it’s a pretty stunning place.
We camped out for a couple of nights in the desert, nomad style, enjoying sunsets, incredible starry nights and music around the fire. A really magical experience.
We also played around with the camera to capture the perfect “jumping” shot.
It’s basically impossible to visit Morocco and not go shopping, even if you’re as allergic to shopping as me. Despite my allergy, I still enjoyed wandering the medina’s of Marrakech and Fez, seeing all the colourful wares on offer, and taking pictures of it all.
Some of the shops even had live workshops, so you could see the goods being made.
The old walled medina of Fez dates from the 9th century, and the scenery seems to be frozen in time. It’s a real warren – it’s easy to get lost, and nearly everything you can imagine is on sale. This butcher shop for example sold a different kind of meat to that which I was used to seeing hanging up!
I’m not usually big on street photography, but Morocco makes it a must. I loved the framing of the doorway above, and then got a little obsessed with the doorways, which are quite magnificent all around Morocco. If you like to shoot doors, you’re not going to run out of subjects…
As well as mountains and desert, Morocco has some lovely beach towns, including this, the town of Essaouira, which is home to a really nice beach, a gorgeous walled medina, and a beautiful old fortress. It was one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones, and was one of my favourites cities on our trip around the country.
Ah, those blue fishing boats in Essaouira.
And of course, the obligatory jumping shot in front of a camel.
We also stopped in Casablanca, which is one of my favourite movies, even if none of it was actually filmed in Morocco. The highlight was the Hassan II Mosque, the outside of which you can see as the first picture in this post. It’s also worth going inside, as you can see from this photo!
Last but not least, there’s the food! If you think of Moroccan cuisine you probably think of couscous and tagines, and I’m not going to lie, we ate a lot of those two options during our stay there!
Of course, there’s more to the food than tagine and couscous, and we took an awesome food tour of Marrakech where we tried all sorts of other delicacies, but really, the tagine and couscous are pretty awesome!
Further Reading on Morocco
And that’s it for my quick photo journey through Morocco with my camera and Travel Talk! If you’re looking for more reading on Morocco check out the following:
- Our Travel Talk Tour Morocco Review
- Our guide to spending 3 days in Marrakech
- Jess’s guide featuring the best things to do in Marrakech
- My photo essay on Marrakech
- This travel guide to Morocco, for something to read and get you excited about on the plane ride over!
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Stephenie Ezzy says
First of all – GREAT SHOTS!
Would you mind telling me the lens & aperture you used for the:
(1) blue boats in Essaouira
(2) the Mosque pic – there is just so much detail in this
(3) the Sahara sand dunes
MOROCCO is on the bucket list!
Laurence Norah says
Thanks very much 🙂 So all the shots in this post were taken with a Panasonic GX8 camera and a Panasonic X-Series Lumix 12-35 f/2.8 OIS lens (24-70 equivalent).
To answer your questions:
1 – f/2.8, ISO 200, 1/2000th second shutter, 35mm focal length
2 – Not sure if you mean the inside or outside image. The outside image (header of the post) was f/14, 1/100 shutter, 12mm focal length. The interior shot was f/2.8, ISO 3200, 1/40th second shutter
3 – Again there are a few to choose from 😉 The standalone shot though was f/5, 1/640 shutter, ISO 200.
I hope this helps! Enjoy Morocco when you make it out there, it’s amazing!
Sand in my Suitcase says
Great shot of the monkey. And the camel. And the sand dunes. Heck, they’re all great shots! Would love to visit Morocco some day…
Thanks very much! 🙂