Friday, July 02, 2010

Morocco Day 1 and 2

It's been pretty difficult picking and choosing photographs of my trip but here is a rather picture heavy one of the first two days!

Morocco is only a short 3 hour journey from the UK with no time difference which makes it a great place for a long weekend. My classmates and I were there from Monday night to Friday morning and it's definitely a world away from the UK. The landscape was definitely very alien to me and I was quite excited to be out of Europe and landing in North Africa!
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The airport was pretty snazzy too and it's no wonder that SATC2 was filmed here...
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Upon arrival we were met by a guy who would take us to our hostel which was a Riad, a traditional Moroccon house. The Riad was in a residential area and we soon found out that by choosing to stay in a Riad, we were definitely gaining a more authentic experience and following the guy from the hostel, we began our first trip of many down the maze of alleys to our Riad. More on this later! When we finally reached our Riad we were greeted with traditional Moroccon mint tea which is delicious!
mint tea
After leaving our things in the Riad we ventured outdoors and our first venture into Jemaa l-Fna Square which is always thriving with food stalls and street entertainers.
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The orange juice is absolutely amazing. You'd expect nothing less when you realise how abundant orange trees are in the city. Returning back home to Tropicana is simply not the same.
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We ended up having dinner at a rooftop restaurant and had some traditional tagine dishes, some of which you'll see later! It had a great view of the square (the camera simply couldn't catch it) , with the smell of the BBQs from the food stalls and music from the street entertainers.
Square at night
All in all, the first day left us all excited for the following day where we would have all day to see the sights and explore this fantastic city!
The next morning we woke up and had breakfast in the Riad. All riads have a central courtyard...and this is the view from the breakfast room.
breakfast room
As there were so many of us, we had to have separate sittings for breakfast.
Breakfast in the riad
After breakfast we sat in the courtyard and this is the view up...
courtyard riad
My friend taking a sneaky photo of me while I got the shot...
sneaky shot
So off we went for our first day of sightseeing!
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Tee (UO) Shorts (Miss Selfridge) Hat (Accessorize) Sandals (Carvela)
Making our way from the Riad down the winding alleys to the square!
Towards the square
Passing some souks (covered market stalls) on the way...
souks
I wish I could take credit for this photo but my friend took it...
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Onwards to the taxi rank and a shot of the Mosque on the way...
temple shot
Marrakesh is the land of bargaining and our taxi journey was the first of many! Soon we arrived at Jardin Marjorelle which is a beautiful garden, once owned by Yves Saint Laurent.
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Bamboo graffiti
bamboo graffiti
garden catus detail
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Almost the entire Marrakesh crew! There were 11 of us all together and an incredibly international one at that too!
Jardin marjorelle1
garden detail
We hopped onto a Caleche (horse drawn carriage) to our next destination...
caleche
The roads were also very different to the UK. Crossing the road was a terrifying experience and we had to do as the locals do and bite the bullet and cross...because cars don't stop for you at the pedestrian crossing.
roads
We arrived at the Musee de Marrakech which is a museum housed in a 19th century palace. We bought a combined ticket which allowed us to get into three separate attractions.
floor shot
It was a really beautiful and tranquil space which housed contemporary art and other exhibits.
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The detail of the palace was simply stunning.
detail shot
Soon we moved on to the next place and on the way, my friend took some more amazing shots!
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men near temple
Tagine pots stacked high...
Tangines
We arrived at Mederessa Ben Youssef which used to be a religious college in the 14th century.
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Words can't describe how beautiful it was !
medersa ben youseff wide shot
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We were excited to get some fun shots of us peering out of the little windows of the rooms upstairs.
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We stopped for lunch and I had chicken pastilla which is a chicken in yummy flaky pasty. Lots of sugar and cinammon!
chicken pastilla
After lunch we went to our final attraction, Almoravid Koubba which was some old ruins of an 11th century mosque which was round the corner from the school.
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The last thing we did was a quick wander through the souks where we attempted more bargaining among the stalls that sold shoes, jewellery, lanterns, leather bags and silver items.
souks
Near the souks
We had a very late dinner at a lovely restaurant...
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Beautiful lamps!
lamp at restaurant
For our second dinner I had a Moroccon tomato soup with sweet cake!
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Part 2 coming soon!
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55 comments

  1. oh my, I wanna go too! Everything looks wonderful, but I specially liked the crescent moon detailing in your chicken pastilla!

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  2. i'm so jealous! it all looks amazing!

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  3. The islamic buildings are amazing esp the motifs and inscriptions are simply stunning. I would loved to go there and go crazy taking pics.

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  4. Looks like an incredible trip! Great photos. I'm dying to go to Morocco now!

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  5. It looks like a pretty amazing place to visit

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  6. Wow it looks gorgeous - such a wonderful place for a short break! I have serious holiday envy!

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  7. How incredible!
    Very jealous!

    - Adele
    MOLTOCURIOSA.COM

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  8. I miss the souks... I bought tons of items from there... I have colorful Moroccan poufs and slippers. Can't wait to see more of the pics. xoxo

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  9. Amazing. I love those photos, your trip must be so much fun. A little jealous of me, I think :D.

    I like that bamboo grafitti.

    Sounds Like a Parfait

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  10. such an awesome trip! I so love the patterns and the textures..and of course, your hat. I think that market looked a lot like the "market" in the latest installment of the sex in the city movie.

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  11. WOW what a beautiful place. i'd love to go an visit!

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  12. I love the food and architecture in Morocco! Looks like a fun trip. <3

    -Dyanna Pure
    www.thesfstyle.com

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  13. sounds like you have great trip,winnie! Yves Saint Laurent garden? wow! your so lucky! waiting for the part 2. can't wait!

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  14. You are SUCH a good photographer! Everything is so pretty, it reminds me of Istanbul. I hope you didn't boil in the heat!

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  15. I AM SO JEALOUS. It looks amazing! I would love to travel there someday. Food looks yummy too :D
    and thanks for the recommend! I'll get a mac lipstick when I go back to Hawaii hehe :) and I haven't read the hard-boiled story by murakami yet T_T I need to get on that!

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  16. Ohmigosh Winnie I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Morocco - I can't believe you're there! Can't wait for Part 2!! :)

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  17. wow wow wow, this place looks amazing. & i didn't even know it's only 3 hours away!

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  18. This is amazing! And you did a great job trying to explain it in great details!

    The sights and food looks absolutely fantastic!!!

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  19. Looks like you had a great time! Great pictures of the marjorelle gardens, I have so many pics of the bamboo grafitti! I found Morocco quite a culture shock but its a beautiful place.
    xx

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  20. It looks and sounds amazing!

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  21. Hello! This is the first time that I visit your blog and I see is very nice!!
    I love your style, very elegant and modern!
    Good photos!!
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  22. what a beautiful place! argh I'm so jealous! lol

    have a nice day! ^_^

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  23. Looks and sounds like u had such a fabulous time, it looks exactly like it did when I was there 3 years ago. So badly want to go back

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  24. hi darling. wow. it sounds like such an amazing trip- i love these photos. makes me wanna go there too! hope it was every bit as exiting as it looks like.
    cant wait for part two.

    xx ediot

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  25. It looks and sounds like you had an awesome time! Now I want to go even more...

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    x

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  26. :O Amazing. The architecture is literally making me drool.

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  27. Hello! This is the first time that I visit your blog and I see is very nice!!
    I love your style, very elegant and modern!
    Good photos!!
    Kisses from http://sweetsyte.blogspot.com/

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  28. Omg!! Awesome!! How exciting and so much fun!!!! The architecture is so beautiful and the pastry looks soo good!!

    have you seen the "where the hell is mike" video on youtube where the guys is dancing all around the world? I was just watching that and then went onto your blog! he he! :)

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  29. wow,,seem so much fun...

    sure..link me as miss dorothy..u??

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  30. amazing photos! especially the first one is my fauvorite, taking into consideration that i'm afraid of height! i haven't been to Marrakesh before, but you must have spent there such an enjoyable time!

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  31. wow this looks amazing! ive just come back from portugal and it really sparked off my interest in travelling again, and i now think marrakesh should be on my to visit list! :D

    i am now a follower of your blog :)


    olivia
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  32. Wow! you are so lucky! I love this kind of landscape, it reminds me of The English Patient! Thanks for uploading these pictures!!

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  33. Winnie!

    Such a dream trip, You must feel different after seeing so much! It is for sure a very cultural rich country that I dream to discover too some day...

    I am in love for the buildings and as well as for the great food you must tasted!
    Fantastic!!!!

    I can’t wait for the second part!

    Love,

    Kira

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  34. so much wonderfulness! can't wait to see the rest :)

    xo Alison

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  35. WOW, it looks amazing, you must be having a blast

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  36. love the image of the pots. the view from above looks grand

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  37. WOW. These photos are fabulous Win! Really want to travel to North Africa now, I did some work on Libya during my work experience and the whole desert-forgotten-vibe appeals so much. Might sound like a silly question but did you get harassed to be exchanged for a camel or anything?! I've heard some horror stories of my girl friends being offered as trades lol!

    Claire @ Jazzpad

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  38. amazing pictures form your trip! my friend recently go back from their trip to morocco and I saw pictures and video footage, the architecture there is just absolutely stunning.



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  39. thanks so much for showing us pics- it looks like such a cool place!

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  40. Oh how absolutely amazing and fabulous. I think it's just wonderful that you can go to Morocco in just 3 hours, what a big change right?

    Thank you so much for sharing all the stunning photos, the buildings are just beautiful. And the food must be so yummy too! The chicken pastilla looked great.

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  41. Beautiful pictures. The grafitti bamboo is probably my favorite picture. i have never seen anything like it.

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  42. Great post, love your blog.
    Full of really good inspiration,
    have been reading back several posts :)
    Hope you can check out my blog sometime

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  43. lucky you for being able to go there!!! i hope i can travel there someday.. the culture, art and the architecture seems so majestic and wonderful!! :D looking forward to part 2! :D

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  44. charming and enrinched photos x

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  45. Katsu with macaroni is indeed a weird but delectable dish :3

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  46. Nice blog dear! I'll follow you, i hope you'll follow me!

    -Be.

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  47. fab pics, I do love your hat too!

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  48. looks incredible!!! what a fantastic place, can't believe it's so close to the UK and has hardly any western influences, thankfully it seems they know westerners will love their original stuff rather than need to see their own brands/stores too! i'm usually a bit wary of holidays with lots of sight seeing, especially when it's buildings, but the whole atmosphere really comes through in your post and it looks like a total world away xx

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  49. thank you for making me smile ^^

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  50. Hi Winnie,

    Thank you for checking out my travel blog. Yours is quite amazing too! I am commenting on this Morocco post because its where my girlfriend and I want to travel to next. Looks like you had an amazing time.

    Would love to follow each other's blogs to keep up with the travels.

    All the best!
    Yuriy

    http://www.wisdomtraveler.com

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