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Marrakech: A kaleidoscope of mayhem

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Jemma El Fna square. The centre of the old part of Marrakech city. During the day it is a bland, large open space populated by merchants (juicers & dried fruits), snake chalmers, monkey dancers (what a disgusting practice, even worse seeing it in real life), horse carriages, henna tattooists, twirling hat musicians & beggars, oh so many beggars.

Surrounding the square is a labyrinthine of lanes filled with the now familiar merchants of Moroccan medinas. They are a bit more aggressive in Marrakech, but then this is bigger than the medinas in the other Moroccan cities so they have to be.

As evening approaches the trolleys start rolling in en masse and within an hour the square is transformed into a series of marquees. This is where the pop up restaurant concept must have originated! The air fills will smoke from the many charcoal fuelled barbeques, the aromas are alluring and soon I am snacking on a kebab, followed by a Moroccan spiced sausage & some cous cous. The daytime hawkers are replaced by musicians, fortune tellers, story tellers and acrobats. The story telling looked very interesting, attracting large crowds but as I cannot understand Arabic or French I quickly moved on.

But so ends my story in Morocco. It has been an incredible adventure of centuries old architecture, contrasting landscapes, vibrant markets, and of course the wonderful kind people.

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Cheap pots

Cheap pots

Colourful merchant shop

Colourful merchant shop

Crockery

Crockery

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Jemma El Fna square: the day is over

Jemma El Fna square: the day is over

Bahir palace 1

Bahir palace 1

Saadien Tombs

Saadien Tombs

Jewish cemetery

Jewish cemetery

PS: I just found out that T was part of the Maribyrnong High school 4x50m freestyle relay team that just won the school state championships. What awesome news to start my final day in Morocco.

Posted by adtamo 23:53 Archived in Morocco

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