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Location - North Africa; Capital - Rabat; Population - 32 million; Currency - Morocco Dirham MORE MOROCCO

I was interested in seeing the disputed territory of Western Sahara, so took a flight to Marrakech before heading south - December 2009.


mornoteThe Moroccan Dirham









mor201Outside Hotel Ali, just down the road from the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech


mor215The souqs of Marrakech are labyrinthine, with most located north of the Djemaa el Fna


 mor219A stall in the Marrakech souqs
















mor221An undercover section of a Marrakech souq















mor223Lamps, lamps and more lamps - Marrackech


mor226Caleches (horse & carts) wait for trade in front of the Koutoubia Mosque - Marrakech


mor231A 5-minute walk from the Djemaa el Fna is the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque - Marrakech















mor232Koutoubia Mosque's minaret is almost 70 metres high - Marrakech















mor233A Moroccan flag flies outside the Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech


mor234The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque at sunset, from the Djemma el Fna - Marrakech


mor211The main drawcard for tourists is the Djemma el Fna, a central square that is a hive of activity day and night - Marrakech















mor209A caleche at Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech
















mor243Djemaa el Fna attracts musicians, dancers, snake charmers, acrobats, street entertainers and more - Marrakech


mor235There's work to be done - Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech


mor204Traditional water sellers walking through the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech















mor245Acrobats perform at the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech















mor251But it's at night when the Djemaa el Fna comes into its own - Marrakech


mor248In the late afternoon/early evening temporary foodstalls are set up in the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech


mor252And at this time it seems like locals and tourists converge on the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech
















mor255Fruit and nuts for sale in the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech
















mor257Stalls at the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech


mor259Take a look around the hot-food stalls and choose one that's popular with the locals - Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech


mor260Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech
















mor262Smoke rises above the Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech















mor263I recommend having a drink at one of the cafes surrounding the Djemaa el Fna. They're great places to take in the sights, sounds and superb atmosphere below, particularly at night - Marrakech


mor265The makeshift food stalls in Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech


mor267Mix music, lights, smoke and chatter to create a great mood - Marrakech


My YouTube video here













mor256 I must like taking photos of lamps...Marrakech














mor258Marrakech was hosting the International Film Festival. There were lots of high-brow foreign films being shown around the city, aswell as The Wedding Crashers (?)


mor269Breakfast at Hotel Ali, Marrakech


mor281The Saadian Tombs house the rulers of Morocco from the 16th to 17th centuries - Marrakech














mor277The Saadian Tombs, Marrakech


















mor278Throughout Marrakech birds use the walls as nests - Saadian Tombs


mor272..Sometimes on top of the walls rather than inside - Marrakech














mor274Close to the Saadian Tombs is the Kasbah Mosque - Marrakech














mor288The central courtyard of Ben Youssef Medersa - Marrakech


mor285Ben Youssef Medersa was a koranic school attached to the mosque of the same name - Marrakech


mor291It dates to the 14th century - Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakech


















mor296Reflections in the central courtyard of Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakech














mor297Southwest of the medina are the Menara Gardens - Marrakech


mor303There's some big fish in the Menara Gardens pool - Marrakech


mor300Feeding the fish at the Menara Gardens.
It's just possible to see the outline of the Atlas mountains behind - Marrakech













mor319Also in the new town is the Majorelle Garden - Marrakech


mor321Majorelle Garden was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s - Marrakech


mor308aFrom 1980 Yves Saint Laurent jointly owned the botanical gardens until his death in 2008.
A memorial to the fashion designer can be found in the grounds - Marrakech


Majorelle Garden website here












mor314Along with terracotta blues, yellows and greens feature in the garden - Marrakech














mor311I'm calling this a terrapin (or turtle or tortoise? Take your pick) - Majorelle Garden, Marrakech


mor323Not quite out at the ranch, just the Majorelle Garden - Marrakech


mor304Behind the medina walls is the old town, containing the souqs, Djemaa el Fna and Koutoubia Mosque - Marrakech













mor326An outside 'restaurant' next to the bus station - Marrakech















mor327Rows of delicious tajines get the charcoal treatment at a break in the journey from Marrakech to Agadir

Tajines explained


mor333Go to the kasbah for fantastic views of Agadir and the Atlantic Ocean - Agadir














mor338Hopefully you'll have a blue sky day - Agadir














mor330Fishing boats crowd into the port at Agadir


mor341The kasbah lies above Agadir's beach


mor347The Atlantic Ocean with the kasbah as a backdrop - Agadir














mor346The sky clears at Agadir














mor348Agadir is a Winter package holiday destination for Europeans, and many Moroccans also come here to enjoy the beach


mor352Enjoying olives (with a beer of course) at a beachside restaurant - Agadir



mor354'Allah King Nation' is lit up on the slopes below the kasbah - Agadir














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