We spent ten days in November travelling around the wonderful country of Morocco with Travel Talk Tours on their Exotic Morocco tour. I’ll be doing a full post on the experience very soon, in the meantime, I just wanted to share some 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!
And that’s it for my quick photo journey through Morocco with my camera and Travel Talk! I’ll have lots more photos and thoughts on the trip coming soon, in the meantime, if you’re looking for more on Morocco, check out this photo essay from Marrakech, and this post to inspire you for what to do for three days in Marrakech.
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