Photographers flock to Morocco. I suppose it’s a playground of sorts for those with cameras. The Medina is full of activity, colour and a variety of textures. The notion of possible super photos in Marrakech sold me. I was off to Morocco with my camera in hand thinking I’d capture the very same photos as so many other photographers.
During my first day, I abhorred Marrakech and the Medina. Everything seemed like complete chaos and I couldn’t take a good photo to save me. In my mind, the journey was a complete disaster.
And then, I randomly met Hakim, who promptly changed my view of Marrakech. His smile, his warmth and his humour immediately turned the day around and I began to open my eyes to the city. There is more to the Hakim story which I will share in future posts. I will say here, you never know when you will meet your brother and long lasting friend. Hakim has done more to help me grow as a person than almost anyone else I’ve met while travelling. I owe a huge debt to him.
Visit the tantalising Red City of Marrakech. Get lost in the Old Medina while visiting Ben Youssef Madrasa, El Bahai Palace, Jamaa el Fna, the Saadian Tombs and more. Marrakech easily became one of my favourite cities in the world when I first visited. Consider my list of the Top 12 Things To Do In Marrakech ::
:: Entrances and doorways throughout the Medina are works of art and simply beautiful.
:: It is easy to get turned around in the Souks in the Medina. You’ll think you’re completely lost, but you’re not. Keep going and you’ll find your way.
:: The colourful carpets and rugs are lush and strikingly beautiful. Stop and listen to a carpet sellers sales pitch. Ask for a drink. You’ll be there a while.
:: Jamaa el-Fna is a feast for all of your senses. Just remember when you pull out your camera, you should expect to pay to take a photo.
:: You’ll find colour everywhere throughout the Medina. Colour in the clothing, scarves, rugs, spices, fruits, hats and so much more.
:: Musee de Marrakech. Learn about Marrakech history and architecture. The museum is well worth a stop.
:: Make a grand entrance through Bad Agnaou, the official entrance to the Old City of Marrakech.