Sucha an overdue post! I know that I say this a lot, but yes, I think this blogging of Marrakesh will go on for another year! haha. It is just that once we touched down, I get so engulfed with work, that I forget and often procrastinate to update this blog! Here’s some sharing of our time in Marrakesh last February 2017. This place is crazy, and kind of scary too, but if you’re an adventurous soul that does not mind some grime and dirt, it is a great place to explore, and a totally different world altogether…almost like a movie set!
If you’re planning to visit a place as raw and unruly as Marrakesh, you’d better come prepared for it is as hectic as Mumbai could be. Small narrow streets often crowded with the locals living their day to day lives, kids running around, carts beings pushed with over load of supplies and practically just an array of colours and wonders for the urban senses. It feels almost as if nothing has changed ever since Marrakesh was founded circa 1070 by the Almorvids. Marrakesh is also often called as the “Red City”, due to the buildings mainly being made of red bricks, walls and alleyways. It looks beautiful during sunset or sunrise, if you managed to get a view from on the rooftops of the buildings.
There’s no real way for this post to be a guide if you are planning to visit there. No app such as the Google maps/WAZE/ or any other navigational app you might have in your phone, will help you find your way. Your hotel might provide with a map (you can ask for one), and you will need a good sense of direction while finding your way through the alleys. Often at each path you will come across an alley that is busier than the smaller streets, and usually, it is a good idea to just follow the flow of people walking through that alley as they are usually heading to souk in one of the squares. There are many squares (or pizzas in Italian) at the end of each main alley, which leads to a bigger alley and that will lead you to the main square which is so famous, also known as Jema El-Fanaa.
A typical view of a busy alley, this is quite a local area, so most of the shops sells basic needs or the residents that lives around the area.
Buying meat from the local butchery, it is a common view at almost every corner, and yes, they eat more lamb than chicken or fish (which is almost nowhere to be found!)
Typical view of a shop that sells and makes kitchen tools, no IKEA here.
The kind of lamp shop everybody loves, and too scared to go in, be careful when you shop in the bazaars, honestly, it’s cheaper on ETSY. Jangan tertipu!
You will definitely see this pak cik if you pass by the main bazaar street, be careful when buying from him, he will try to sell more than what you want.
The array of biscuits and macaroons to have with your Moroccan mint tea! VERY SWEET okayy
We had dinner at this stall, seriously it was not nice at all, we later discovered a back street that serves better tagine at local prices, so seriously, try your best to not dine and shop in the touristy area.
You will find many carts selling juices, freshly made on the spot. The prices are all about the same, just pick any.
Avocado juice and of course, Orange juice, which is abundant in this desert country.
Managed to put together a quick (crappy) video of the first day, where we went to Jardin Marjorelle as well, there were too many going on we could not capture everything on camera, but the atmosphere is seriously something else. Talk about the real deal of an Arabian town! Seriously feels like we were in the set of a Hollywood movie. When you go to main squares like the Jemaa’ El-Fanaa, get ready to have people approach you to go eat at their stalls, or buy things, be careful of your belongings, though there are many tourist police dressed as locals keeping an eye on you, Marrakesh is one of the safer cities to travel in around Morocco.
Up next, will be a post of beautiful visuals of the Jardin Marjorelle, which was (or still is) owned by Yves Saint Laurent.1