Marrakech

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Marrakech in the 60’s

Beautiful footages of Jemma el Fna square during Market day and the street of the Medina. This short historic documentary presented by British Pathé Pictures portrayed the lifestyle of the “Pearl of the South”, the Red City of Marrakech.

Market day with the exchange of camels and horses, the wood hanging on the streets to dry and the corn sellers that has transport during miles their bags to be sold in Marrakech.

The market was a point of reunion of the population of the surroundings, and sellers came from all over Morocco to sell their products and animals.

A short historic documentary “Marrakech 1960” presented by British Pathé Pictures portrayed the lifestyle of the “Pearl of the South” almost six decades ago.

 


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Marrakech

Called the Red City

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Walk the beautiful streets of the Souk, full of rugs, lamps, leather bags, jewelry, pottery… all handcraft made.

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Wander in the Jemaa El-Fnaa square: watch and listen the musicians, enjoy a (verryyy) delicious fresh and sweet orange juice.

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views of Chefchaouen from one of the mountains

 

Chefchaouen is starting to be one of the most touristic villages in the north of Morocco. That does not impress me at all. Chefchaouen is a magical and charming city situated in the Rif mountains. The meaning of Chefchaouen is “horns” because of the two mountains that the city has behind.


If you look at images from Chefchaouen you will be charmed with the color! The medina (which is the old town) is fully painted in blue, tradition that still maintained. Every two months or depending on how much it rains, women for the neighborhood get together at night and paint the walls of their houses and the streets. They use “cal”, which is a type of mineral (dangerous to prepare!) mixed with “nila” which is the blue powder you can see in the shops. Depending on the tone of blue they want, they put more or less nila. This tradition is was found by the jews and it is said that cal is natural insect repellent. Every corner of Chefchaouen is a magic spot to take a picture or just to fascinate your eyes!

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This city is well known by leather and wood handcraft, walking the streets you will find plenty of “talleres” where they made handbags, bags, bracelets, neckless, phone covers, shoes, sandals, lamps… variety of colors and designs, cow leather, goat leather… rugs made of the most beautiful wood colors, textures and decorations.

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If you have been there or you are thinking on visiting Chefchaouen, the Main Square – Uta Hammam- is the first place you should go, I love to seat in the bench opposite to all the restaurants and just look at people walking by, locals and tourists, it doesn’t matter, its is a fun way to spend a few minutes getting involved with the ambience and the atmosphere. In this same square there is the Kasbah, old fort rebuilt that has a museum and a beautiful garden inside, you can go up to one of the towers, where you can take very nice pictures. Next to the Kasbah there is the Great Mosque of Chefchaouen,built during the 16th century, it is forbidden to enter if you are not a muslim.

The “Spanish mosque” or “Portuguese mosque” is another must in your visit! This is a mosque situated outside the medina, on your way, you will pass Ras El Maa (meaning, head (ras) of the water (el maa)), basically this is where the river passes by, if you go during the day and not a market day (Monday or Thursday) you will find the women cleaning rugs and doing their laundry and children having fun in the water (which is really cold!), there are a few coffee places where I highly recommend a “panache” which is a smoothie with all the fruits they have, or a fresh delicious orange juice “acer limun” or of course, the whisky berber: mint tea! NOTE: be careful with the bees! they absolutely looooove these three drinks! I usually had “fun” counting how many bees (they are not yellow jackets, which is good) can get in my glass of tea, onces you have enough tea (or the bees are annoying you too much) leave the glass in front of you with a little bit of tea, I counted 15 bees onces, they drank the tea in 5 mins!

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Ras El Maa and the beginning of the way to the Mosquee

From Ras El Maa you can see up the the hill a white small mosque with a beautiful viewpoint. To get there you have to cross the bridge and find some stairs that go up (if not ask some local, they are really nice and will help you to find the way, be careful, they may want to go with you too! Make sure, you clarify them if you want them to go or not) there is only one path to get to the Spanish Mosquee so, do not worry, you won’t get lost! If you do this walk before sunset and spend the sunset up there you will have spectacular colors!

More tips and places to visit in Morocco will be coming soon!

Meski, the blue source

If you are going to Merzouga desert there is a spot on the way that you should definitely stop and have a look, maybe a bath too.

Meski, the blue source is situated outside Errachidia, on the way to Rissani and Merzouga.

There is the camping and a pool, where you can stay for a few days camping or just going to have a relax afternoon at the pool, with natural water. The camping is nice, with a few shops around were you can buy souvenirs or trade, they like trading.

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But there is not only the pool and the camping. Meski is a village, a community, the surroundings of Meski is a big land of vegetable gardens for the people living there. The river, Oued Ziz, crosses the land full of weed, palm trees and a variety of vegetables, depending on the season. Women clean their laundry on the river, donkeys relax peacefully on the river side and men and women work in their land.

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our Laila taking a bath

In one side is the old village, the Kasbah. Where people used to live, now it’s a beautiful and stunning ruins. I recommend you to go up there and explore the ruins. With a little bit of imagination you will discover the living areas, the kitchens of the houses and even the village meeting place for prays. The views are also incredible, the whole Meski Valley full of gardens and palms trees.

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Walk the big extension that will end up in a cliff, where you will enjoy the views of the Meski Valley. To go back to the pool or the camping, walk the side of the ruins. There are nice caves under the old village.

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Remember to bring a bottle of water and a little snack to eat on the shade of a palm tree.

You will absolutely love this place

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Atlantic Ocean

Amazing weather

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Delicious fish

Deserted beaches

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