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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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  • May3

    Arrival in Marrakech

    May 3, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We arrived in a very hot and humid Marrakech in the evening and got a taxi from the airport to our hostel in the Medina.
    As it turned out, that heat and humidity quickly turned into a full on biblical storm, complete with hail stones and floods. Lucky for us, we'd just checked in and were able to watch it from the relative safety of our room. Relative because the 2nd floor landing outside our room is open to the sky and it completely flooded and started to leak under the door into the room. Fortunately our friendly host Said was on hand to sweep the water down the stairs and save the day. We asked him if the storms happen often, "with ice rain? never". Just our good luck then :)
    After all that excitement we ventured out as soon as the storm passed to find some dinner. Ended up in a really cool restaurant with live music where we had our first tagines, delicious.
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  • May4

    Marrakech Medina

    May 4, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    An enforced early start today with the 5am call to prayer blaring out of the mosques, it was a lot louder and longer than we expected, and really unlike anything we've heard before. We did manage a couple of hours more sleep once it was over.
    Our second start to the day was breakfast in the hostel, fresh bread, pancake things, jam and honey, really nice.
    We headed out to Bahia Palace, not far from where we're staying. It was built to represent the best of Morrocan design and it is brilliant, funnily enough it's name means brilliant too. It has beautiful courtyards and gardens and loads of Vera's favourite tiles.
    Next we had a look around Place des Ferblantiers and then stopped for some lunch, babaganoush, freash orange juice and mint tea.
    After a bit of a siesta we went to the national carpet museum Dar Si Said, much more interesting than expected and the building was maybe even more brilliant than the brilliant Palace itself, with the added bonus of being pretty much empty.
    Finally we went to the main market square, Djemaa el-Fna and Koutoubia mosque. Non Muslims can't go in the mosque but the snake charmers, monkeys and millions of people all rushing around and making a lot of noise were entertainment enough.
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  • Day11

    No pictures please

    December 21, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today was our last day in Morocco. We crossed the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. A small city of 2 million people, super clean, modern and French.

    After some free time we went on our last tour of a palace in the mendina and a tour of the market. The palace like all others was impressive with the mosaic ceramics details and plaster carvings. The details are just wow.

    The square of the Medina is a tourist trap. Cheap crap and people trying to make a buck. You look at someone and they will start selling you something. They have snake charmers and caged money. If you take a picture of them they will ask for money. If you take picture or merchants they will ask for money.

    Mr. Lee is our group member from Korea. His English is so/so and he kinda does want he wants. Mr. Lee gives 0 fucks. He also likes to take pictures and videos. We found out half way through the trip that he has a YouTube channel. The night before we realized that he was not paying attention about the merchants and snake charmers. We were all worried about having to save Mr. Lee in the market that he heard the “no picture” lecture from all of us. Thankfully he did listen and fighting off snake charmers is not something we had to do.

    After the tour the guide gave us free time till dinner. We walked around a bit (without hassle). It probably helped that there was 6 of us and 5 were male. Then we went for ice cream. As one does in a Muslim country where it is hard to get a beer.

    Our last supper was spent at a hotel restaurant where they served beer (yippee) and lamb shank. Omg the lamb here is so good. Then in was good byes to the group and time for Ty and I to get ready for the next adventure.
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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

    Traveling to AirBnB

    March 10, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    So let me set the scene for you. Upon arriving at the train station a Uber/Lyft person picked us up. As we drove thru the town we Passthrough would appear To be a to be a big rodeo drive or supermall place. But as the driver venture onward pass all the modern wide spacious beauty and glamour We passed through the Ancient walls of Marrakesh the Atmosphere changed fromGlamour to tight, cramped hustle and bustle. We were no with the smell of money. We were no smelling carbon monoxide from the 1000s of Motorcycles racing thru those tight carnival walls filled with purveyors of every item you could want that you didn’t know you wanted it.Read more

  • Day3

    cafe clock rest

    March 10, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Omar brought us here. It has good reviews. I had a small plate of vegetables. Plus bread. This place also offers a cooking class. Food caters more to European or western culture food as opposed to Moroccan food.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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