In the dizzying, agressive, puzzling, exotic, scary, exciting souks where they promise you WILL get lost. And I did.
Succeeding against odds
One of my last days in Marrakech, feeling-finally-like I belonged and made this adventure work for me. Instead of hiding in my beautiful villa, I kept at it, pushing my way into that city and culture and figuring it out.
Conquering the Unknown
Taking on Marrakech on its own was a challenge. Language. Culture. Traditons. Agressive souk vendors. Extreme heat. Here I am in the El Fna Square late one evening, feeling for the first time I've figured out how to survive and eventually love the place.
High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
I visited a number of Berber villages. We travelled on narrow winding roads, never seeing another car for hours.
Roads into Atlas Mountains
I was not a fan!
An town almost hidden in the side of the Atlas Mountains
Aït Benhaddou, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Rugs of many colour
Caleches lined up in Jemaa el Fna
My lamb and date tagine
Most of the meals were a minimum of six or seven dishes, usually served at once. One meal had twelve. I wonder if they weren't used to serving a single diner?
Scorching heat of day in Jemaa el Fna
Spectacular rugs everywhere in the market
Atlas Mountain scene - sometimes green, sometimes nothing but brown
Driving in the Atlas Mountains
An Atlas Mountain scene that inspired Jaspar Wills' rectangle
Nearing the top of the Atlas Mountains
This was an exciting moment for me. The drive up was not my favourite - narrow, steep, with no other vehicles in sight - but it was worth it.
Atlas Mountain town
Heading into the Atlas Mountains
My caleche driver
Egyptian Bar at Es Saadi Palace
Egytian Bar where Katie Edwards meets the mystery man
Es Saadi Palace Hotel
Where Katie Edwards stays during her research trip to Marrakech.
Small portion of the grounds of the Es Saadi Palace
Haggling In Marrakech
Hotel CTM in the medina
Near where Katie Edwards meets her informant.
Extraordinary colours of the souks
Le Grand Balcon Cafe Glacier with its with its famous rooftop view of Jemaa el Fna
Where Katie Edwards meets her informant.
Jemaa el Fna at night - scary and exciting and fun
Wares of the souk
Just give in to getting lost.
Jemaa el Fna - action central
Questionable lunch item in the souks
Rugs for sale in the souks
Souks of Marrakech
At times daunting, occasionally maddening, always exhilarating. Best thing is to just expect to get lost.
Jemaa el Fna Orange Peddlar