The tourist

We are back from our weekend in the beautiful city of Marrakesh…definitely my favorite so far. It has many gardens and wide streets with palatial hotels, wonderful shopping in the medina and in artisan shops, incredible food and a fascinating history. There are also snake charmers who not only charm the Cobra but can charm your money right out of your pocket. Suffice it to say that with two snakes wrapped around your neck you quickly forget how to convert into dirhams and end up paying too much for having the snakes removed. I felt a little better when I learned that others paid more than I did 🙂 There are lots of pictures to share with you today.

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This is the Menara which was built in the 12th century. There is a lake on the other side which was built so that the ruler could learn how to swim before going on a sailing expedition.

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Here I am, learning how to make one of the lovely wool rugs one wool thread at a time. These women work on every aspect of the process. They shear the sheep, spin and dye the wool, cut the fibers into three inch pieces and then knot each piece onto the rope base of the rug. It is very tiresome work . After putting on about two dozen threads, I thought that if I had to do that job daily it would make me crazy.

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The first picture above is one of the fountains in the city and you can see the city wall built in the 11th century to protect the city and medina. The second picture is the Koutobia minaret which is part of the Koutobia mosque. This mosque was constructed in the 12th century and is still one of the most important mosques in the Muslim world. The final picture is a garden in front of the most famous hotel in Africa, La Mamounia. Truly spectacular! $1300 dollars per night for the cheapest room! Want to book it for the weekend?

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This picture is of a “waterman”. You can find them in public areas and the medinas and they will sell you a cup of water. They also charge you to take their picture so I had to be sneaky about this and cut off a bit of the crazy hat, but you get the general idea.

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More pictures of the old city wall, the entrances into the medina and the bitter orange trees which line the roads in every city. You cannot eat the oranges but they do use them to make cough medicine. However, they smell amazing and add another sensory sensation to this city.

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4 Comments

  1. Thomas Austin

    Wow, your story is very special. Your mind is being opened to another culture. Such a valuable experience. Learning from you makes some of our minor life issues seem so trivial.

  2. Kathy Richardson

    I’ve noticed in all the pictures of you, you are not ever wearing a veil. Have you been anyplace where you need to have your head covered or are there fewer restrictions in Morrocco than other Muslim countries?

    Your pictures are great, Marrakesh looked like a great city. Enjoy the rest of your time there.

  3. Stephanie – Some great photos, but I’m really enjoying your narrative. Happy to be a small part of your communication back to the states!

    Tim

  4. John Clark

    I managed to grow one of those orange trees here in Del Cty a few years back. Grew it in a pot, and it lasted three years. Got one orange off of it, and you’re right….it was bitter. Enjoying your posts.

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