Warning, this is a long post. I did my best to include as many of my film images as I could but hope I didn’t create an overload of content. I have put my images in a somewhat chronological order to help with the flow of my words in describing our time in the city. We stayed at 2 different riads within the medina because we broke up our time here with a visit to the Sahara halfway through. Our first one was Riad Jaaneman. It was bit more modern than the previous places we had stayed in Morocco but we loved it. Our last riad was at the Riad Jardin Secret pictured at the very end.
Our first day was spent walking around and exploring the medina while trying to avoid getting hit by a motorcycle. They were everywhere. It was the major difference with this medina compared to Fez. We loved seeing the mosaic tile and ornate craftsmanship on doors. There was always so much to see and appreciate while walking around. I personally loved visiting the Maison De La Photographie which had a large display of images of Moroccan people and their culture dating from 1870 to 1960. Allison and I were able to see a lot of beautiful gardens including the Le Jardin Secret and Le Jardin Majorelle. On the to-do list was visit the famous Jemaa el-Fna square but personally, I was not a fan. There were too many people there and everyone was grabbing for your attention. All of the food vendors wanted us to join them for dinner and would shove menus in your face and tell you the number of their booth as you tried walking away after saying you were uninterested. “Number 55! Remember number 55!” It all looked like the same food to us and their pushy and persistent behavior made us uninterested in giving any a try. In the square there were street performers, story tellers, women drawing henna tattoos, men with chained monkeys you could snap a selfie with and the famous snake charmers. I wasn’t brave enough to get close to those. You could hear the loud squeaking noise of their instruments as they played music to try and make the snakes dance and put on a show. Many tourists would stop and for a small tip could get a picture with the snakes.
It was nice to be in the city during spring and see all the flowers blooming. There were so many unique crafts and goods being made and sold in the medina from scarves made of camel hair to baskets to rugs to dishware. We were impressed by them all and made a few purchases to take home as souvenirs. Another cool place we went to see were the Saadian Tombs which date back as far as the late 1500’s. On our anniversary we had a great time seeing Le Jardin Majorelle and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum as well as getting a hammam to celebrate. Marrakech is a great city that I would definitely recommend visiting. I hope you enjoy my photos and seeing a little more of our trip to Morocco.