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Dawn in Marrakech

Marrakesh

Visiting Marrakesh turned out to become one of our most treasured travel-experiences ever. Bringing children to Morocco is not an inconvenient at all – it’s the opposite: A child is a door opener, an Ice Breaker. Moroccans love children as they are a very “young” nation themselves. On our excursions we saw many, many young people, children, teenagers and twens – in fact much more than older and old citizens. Our daughter was for years old at that time.

We booked our Riad (Hotel) in the heart of the Medina (the original part of Marrakesh), very close to “Jemaa el Fna“, the central Square in the Medina. A true, human Anthill. Here, everybody meets everybody: Tourists, magicians, snake charmers, children, men, women, merchants, clowns, fortune tellers, artists… I have rarely seen such a busy place before. At Jemaa El Fna one can get everything: From roasted almonds to henna tattoos to a bad stomach. Everything.

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Beware of the Traffic: Jungle Law rules, exactly like in certain southern European cities:

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There is a lot to see in Marrakesh. The Saadian Tombs with their stunning Artwork. Or the Médersa Ben Youssef, a very ancient Koran School, and it’s wooden architecture and decorations:

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Craft stores:

le ferblantier marocaine / The Moroccan tinsmith, Marrakech

Le ferblantier – the tinsmith

 

…or just enjoying a walk through the shady olive groves in the Oliveraie and Jardin Ménara:

Pavillion de la Ménara

Pavillion de la Ménara

 

…a very popular place to visit..

To Jardin Ménara / L'Oliveraie

Entry To Jardin Ménara / L’Oliveraie

 

Vi also went on a trip by bus, across the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert with the Goal to see a bit of the Coutryside – and especially the “wandering Sand Dune” “Erg Chebbi“- not very far from the Algerian Border. We wanted to spend one Night in the Desert, to experience the silence in the Desert, to see a stunning sky, full of stars, and especially to see a sunrise in the Sahara.

On our way to Erg Chebbi we crossed the Atlas mountains:

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And stopped to see Aït Ben Haddou, a striking example of the architecture of traditional southern Morocco, on the side of a hilll, on top of what once was a collective attic. Today, the site serves as backdrop in numerous movies produced in the nearby city of  Ouarzazate, Morocco’s Hollywood. A city living from it’s remarkable landscape and it’s film studios. “The Jewel of the Nile” and “The Mummy” (probably among others..) have been produced here – so we were told.

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And finally, we rolled towards our destination: Erg Chebbi!

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We crossed the Atlas again, on our way back to Marrakech. The places we visited during the days out here are most definitely among the most beautiful locations we ever visited in our lives – so far and we were tempted to make a promise: To return to this place before this life is over!

One of the last photos before our flight back to Europe: The Ramparts of Marrakesh, the ancient City Wall surrounding the Medina.

Ramparts of Marrakech: Ancient City Walls around the Medina

Ramparts of Marrakesh

 

© 2015 – Oliver Haas-Jensen, All Rights Reserved

 

Swiss expat, living in the green middle of Denmark since 1992. Family man, amateur photographer and editor of this site. I publish my photographic work from exploring my surroundings, travels and events i attend to in order to share it with the visitors of this site. Welcome to Olivers Film Roll.

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  1. Die Sanddünen sind wie gemalt und so wunderschön. Ich glaube gern, dass man sich in dieses Land verlieben kann. Ich habe viel Gemüse aus Marokko. So wie die Zukunft der Nordafrikanischen Regionen aussieht, überlegen sich viele Leute dorthin zu reisen. Schade.
    Ist auf dem Turm der Moschee Koutoubia ein Galgen?
    Die Bilder sind fantastisch schön!!!!

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  2. Mam, ich glaube nicht dass es ein Galgen ist, zumal wir uns im 21. Jahrhundert befinden, auch Marokko. Zugegeben, gewisse Länder haben seltsam altertümliche Bräuche, aber wir hatten nie im geringsten den Eindruck dass in Marokko den Leuten auf diese Weise der Garaus gemacht wird. Und schon gar nocht von einer alt-erwürdigen Moschee aus. Stimmt aber schon: Es sieht aus wie ein Galgen.
    Vielleicht eine Art Fahnenmast oder so..

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  3. Das ist doch ein typischer Galgen für das Aufhängen eines Windsackes (Helilandeplatz) oder des Schiessackes auf einem Waffenplatz! Hey!

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  4. Die Fotos sind natürlich sehr gut und schön. Wäre so schön in Nordafrika und in den Arabischen Ländern. Wirklich schade, dass es so gefährlich ist in diesen Ländern zu reisen und dass wohl einige Kulturdenkmäler zerstört werden.

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