For the last few days we’ve been hanging out in Marrakech, a new city (and country!) for both of us. Ostensibly our time here has been to take a breather from our hectic schedule, catch up on a bit of work and plan our future adventures.
But, the call of a new destination is strong, and we’ve made time every day to pop out and do a bit of exploring.
Moroccan mint tea is a big deal – full of sugar and minty flavours. The theory as far as I can tell is to pour it from as high as possible, which Jess did a great job with!
Now, let’s take a look and see what else my wanders in Marrakech revealed….
One of the highlights of Marrakech is the old Medina, a twisting labyrinth of tiny streets where everything you can imagine is on sale. I love how the smoke from the food stalls is caught by the late evening light.
The walls of the mosques and other old buildings are often covered in beautiful text.
You basically can’t come to Morocco without eating couscous, even if it doesn’t make the list for the top cheap foods in Morocco!
I love the details on the doorways, be it in stone or wood.
If you like photographing doorways, Marrakech is a good place to come.
Even shooting into the sun this camera performs admirably.
The souks in the medina are full of colourful wares. If you like shopping, you could go nuts in here. If you don’t like shopping… well, you’ll likely also go nuts in here.
The blend of the old and new – no doubt traders have been vending their wares in the square for centuries. The satellite dishes on the other hand are likely a more recent addition.
Had to test out the panoramic mode on the GX8. It works well, although best if you go fairly slowly otherwise you can get banding in the sky.
Sunset in the square. The best place to watch it is from one of the panoramic roof terraces. The ones with the best views tend to charge in the form of an overpriced soft drink (three euros instead of fifty cents) – but it’s worth it for the view!
Yep, the doorways are pretty cool!
Gave the camera a work out with a portrait shot into the sun, whilst waiting for the sunset. It handled it admirably.
This is one of the largest mosques in the city, which glows a wonderfully warm colour at sunset.
There’s that square at night. A long exposure of a few seconds to bring out some of the movement of the crowd.
The streets of Marrakech are full of cats. This chap seemed happy enough.
Piles of pigment, to be used for dying or painting, as discovered on a wander through the Kasbah.
And of course, Morocco is famous for rugs. The colours in this stack were particularly nice.
We took a tour of the tanneries, and found a pile of dead animal skins drying away to themselves.
Another cat, sleeping in a sunbeam.
We spent some time wandering the Kasbah – a part of the old city that is a little less commercialized and crazy than the souks of the medina. We were advised that if we wanted to get a feel for how Marrakech was before tourism, this was the place to go. So we did.
Sunset from the main square.
And finally, three tombs, in the 16th century Saadien Tombs.
If you’re inspired to add Marrakesh to your list, check out this post to give you some ideas for spending three days in Marrakech, or this post on the twelve things to see in Marrakech!