Djemaa el Fna

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  • Day28


    July 14, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Explored Marrakesh in the heat. Saw the palace of the Sultan. Went to the kasbah, mosque and explored some markets where there were snake charmers. Soo hot and tired we had to go back home for a nap. Then had an expensive dinner with a sunset view.Read more

  • Day30

    Morocco - Spain

    July 16, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We escaped the Medina and saved the princess in an escape room. Then had our last lunch in Morocco before heading to the airport. At the airport they hand wrote our boarding pass and when we got to security we had to go alllll the way back because the date was missing and we couldn't write it in. Made it to Valencia. Meagan got severe food poisoning up all night.Read more

  • Day2

    Street Photography

    May 2, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    I met with my group at the prearranged time. You see I'm on a Photography Workshop tour and there are ten of us including Katrina our tutor/guide. So after an initial meet up and a check of our cameras and settings, we headed off into the alleyways and passageways to try out some street photography. This isn't something I've really done in any sensible way before so I didn't know what to expect, especially given what happened this morning.

    We got back to the Ryad around 11.30pm having all got on really well and had a great time. It was challenging - Moroccan's don't like photographers, unless money is involved of course, so many photos were taken discreetly and literally from the hip. This led to some very random results with shots of people's legs or of nothing at all. The odd one worked though so maybe it's simply a case of more practice needed.

    Lunch was taken on the lovely cool roof terrace of the Museum of Photography where we had free access to look around afterwards. Then more opportunities to practice our street photography skills.

    The hooded person in the doorway is our local guide who at one point had to suffer the violent abuse from a young group who felt they should have the money being paid to an old guy with whom we'd agreed a price to take his photo. It got quite nasty, resulting in no photos being taken and no money for the old guy, who looked as if he needed it if we're honest. Our guide was fine but it was a shame this happened.

    We ended the day in the large square (Jemaa el-Fnaa Square) which you can see in the two photos taken not long after sunset. We photographed the sun setting whilst sipping drinks on a roof terrace overlooking the square then moved elsewhere to photograph from another terrace. Finally we ate in a small cafe before sharing taxis back to the Ryad.

    A good first workshop day then and quite a mixture of things on a common theme. Did I get some street photos worth showing? I think perhaps I might have but I think there’ll be a lot of rejects.

    Tomorrow we head to the coast.
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  • Day3

    Getting to our AirBnB

    March 10, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    As I said in a earlier footprint our AirBnB Makila Riad was an excellent find. Thank you Omar Quintero! But getting there was a little scary. In fact without the Host to guide us in I probably would never had ventured into in inner conclaves of this place. But once you go all the way in. It’s all good. Follow the trail.Read more

  • Day3

    To the Roof

    March 10, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    After a few hours of walking 6 miles, Sun-stroked, breathing motorcycle smog and gas fumes venturing thru the inside gated walls of Marrakech. I retired to the roof top of our AirBnB “Mikela Riad.” With its oversized lounge bed/chair. Resting and once again breathing fresh air.

    I highly recommend the “Mikela Riad” if you need a place to stay when visiting Marrakech.
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  • Day7

    Last Evening in Jemaa el-Fnaa Square

    May 7, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    Soon we were near the large square Jemaa el-Fnaa which is a must see location if you visit Marrakech. We’d been here at the start of the trip if you recall and I think we just gravitated here now because there are souks nearby, plenty to see in the square and reasonably priced places to eat in the streets leading from it. There’s plenty of food and eating opportunities in Jemaa el-Fnaa itself but it’s all just too much trouble to get into arguments over money whilst being forced to buy things you don’t need. According to Trip Advisor, several reviewers say stall #5 contains nothing but rogues and thieves who will threaten physical violence if you end up not making a purchase. True? I don’t know because we simply walked at our leisure, repelled all boarders and ignored anyone or anything that looked as though there was the remotest chance a snake or a monkey might be involved ... or any silly toy to be honest. One seller persisted/intruded for far too long trying to sell us a little wooden box with a spring loaded something or other in it, which jumped out in a limp sort of way when you opened a drawer. I’ll now regret not buying several because when I’m home my life will surely seem so bleak and miserable without one! Did you sense a mild amount of sarcasm in that last sentence? Yes, really?

    We spent quite some time in the souks though, where although everyone is keen to make a sale you do not have the feelings of being attacked as you do when walking the streets or in that square. Another bonus is the price of things, which seem a lot more reasonable, and less stress during the ‘negotiations’. I purchased spices for my daughter from an extremely friendly man who is standing next to Nigel in photo two. All I needed now was my fridge magnet and my mission would be complete.

    The other photos here give you the general idea of what we saw. I preferred the square as the day faded to night when for me the place came alive. It is worth the experience of visiting Jemaa el-Fnaa square but you need to be on your guard with your shields up. I never found it threatening nor felt unsafe at any time but you do need to keep an eye on your wallet or purse and keep your wits about you. Having said this I can think of many places in the world where the same would be true.

    We ended the evening, there were four of us left now, accompanying Nigel and Monique to their modern western-style hotel where we ate our meal in the roof terrace bar area. Sherilee and I shared a taxi back to our Ryad to end the last full day of this trip.

    What a lovely day.
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  • Day6

    Welcome to Marrakech

    October 6, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Abends bin ich in Marrakesch angekommen und gleich auf die Medina, den zentralen Platz. Diesen Ort werde ich definitiv noch öfter besuchen, zum Glück ist meine Unterkunft gleich nebenan :). Aber erstmal geht es morgen ganz früh in die Wüste...Read more

  • Day75

    Marrakesch - Merhaba Christina

    November 16, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Marrakesch hat in der letzten Woche mehrfach als Ausgangspunkt für unsere Trips gedient, doch jetzt sind wir nicht mehr alleine unterwegs. Gestern haben wir am Flughafen Christina abgeholt, die mit uns in den nächsten zwei Wochen ein Surfcamp in Sidi Ifni besuchen wird :) Unsere Sightseeingtour haben wir uns deshalb für heute aufgehoben und mit ihr eine lange Tour entlang der Suks und Sehenswürdigkeiten Marrakeschs unternommen! Dabei haben wir an Straßenständen gegessen, Minztee über den Dächern der Medina genossen, um Mitbringsel für die Lieben daheim gefeilscht, eine verborgene Bäckerei entdeckt in der wir Brot direkt aus dem Ofen kaufen konnten und uns in den engen Gassen von Rollerfahrern fast umnieten lassen :) Also der perfekte Start in ihren Marokkourlaub ❤️Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Djemaa el Fna, جامع الفنا, Djemà-el-Fna, Djema al-Fna, Ĝemaa el Fna, Plaza de Yamaa el Fna, Jamaâ El Fna, Dżamaa al-Fina, Praça Jemaa El Fna

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