marrakesh, morocco - lost in the red city pt.1

We spent our first New Year's Eve together tobogganing in Switzerland, and our second eating s'mores in a cabin in the Catskills. For our third, we decided to steer as hard as possible away from snow and cold: Africa. So right after Christmas we packed our bags and headed to Morocco.

Souks of Marrakesh, Morocco

Nothing like scorching hot temperatures, towering palm trees, and all the dust and noise and chaos you can handle the second you step foot onto Marrakesh's red dirt. We loved it immediately.

Souks of Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Streets of Marrakech, Morocco
Never would've thought there's a place where it's more terrifying to cross the street than Italy. There are about 130 different modes of transportation traveling on tiny roads at all variations of speeds at any given time. Challenge accepted, Marrakesh.

Moto in Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Saadien Tombs, Marrakech, Morocco
TOMBEAUX SAADIENS

Marrakesh, Morocco

Souks of Marrakesh, Morocco

Streets of Marrakesh, Morocco

Souks of Marrakesh, Morocco

In the heart of the city are the souks of the medina. Basically you just wander around them, lost, gawking with your mouth open, for hours, with absolutely no hope of ever finding your way ever again. It's a lot like being stuck in the Labyrinth of Crete if it were jammed with donkeys and cheap leather goods and bored teenagers.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco

Casablanca beer, Marrakesh, Morocco

Booze can be found, and is exorbitantly expensive. But let me just say: still cheaper than in Switzerland. Grab a seat on a roof deck and kick back a Casablanca and the world's most generous pour of white wine and watch the sun set.

Marrakesh, Morocco

D'Jemaa el Fna Marrakesh, Morocco

Streets of Marrakech, Morocco


Spice Market, Marrakech, Morocco

Skyline Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco
 
Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco
If you want to blend in, here is your guide: Alex was repeatedly mistaken for a local.

Palais de la Bahia, Marrakech, Morocco
PALAIS DE LA BAHIA

Marrakech, Morocco


Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco
Here I am standing amongst some motorbikes outside the souks staring lovingly at my street-cart Moroccan ho-ho, as one does.

Roti d'Or, Marrakech, Morocco
ROTI D'OR

Well, we went to Africa and ate Tex-Mex -- twice. No regrets. Nothing to do but scratch the itch when those quesadilla cravings hit -- twice -- even if you are in the desert. 

Roti d'Or, you and your 20 dirham (2 buck) tacos will live on my dreams forever. 

Roti d'Or, Marrakech, Morocco
Come on tacos come on tacos come on tacos come on tacos where are youuuuu

Roti d'Or, Marrakech, Morocco

Roti d'Or, Marrakech, Morocco
Total tab: $6.

Roti d'Or, Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Wash it all down with a couple cups of steaming hot, sugar-heavy mint tea. Best enjoyed from a balcony in the shade above the chaos.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

10 seconds before this shot, I fell ass-first into this public fountain and screamed, attracting much attention, hence the totally chill smile that says "oh that definitely wasn't me screaming, see how happy I am, sitting here gracefully, in your beautiful country, as a respectful guest?"

Marrakech, Morocco

Bahia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

Souks of Marrakech, Morocco

D'Jema el Fnaa, Marrakech, Morocco

Alex's review of the local beer, Casablanca: "Not bad."

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco
Graffiti for the local football club.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Riad Etoile du Sud, Marrakech, Morocco
RIAD ETOILE DU SUD

We stayed, as one must, in a riad -- a "Moroccan traditional house, normally with two or more storeys around an Andalusian-style courtyard that contain[s] a fountain. Riads were the stately city homes of the wealthiest citizens such as merchants and courtiers" and now most are BnBs. [source, natch]

Our home for our first few days was Riad Etoile du Sud. It was spectacularly beautiful and well located, but a bit pricey. We'd booked it largely for its rooftop jacuzzi, which the terrific staff -- despite constant efforts -- were never able to get working in our four days there.

Still, can't not feel like an ass being like "I went all the way to Africa and the rooftop hot tub in my former palace wasn't working."

Riad Etoile du Sud, Marrakech, Morocco

Riad Etoile du Sud, Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco

Kosybar, Marrakech, Morocco

We watched the last sunset of the year from a rooftop in Mellah, the old Jewish district, while kicking back gin & tonics.

Marrakech, Morocco

Krazy-straws are HUGE in Marrakesh, found in all the poshest and most elegant bars, which of course are the only ones I deign to go to.

Marrakech, Morocco


Cafe Clock, Marrakech, Morocco
CAFE CLOCK

For New Year's Eve dinner, we wanted to avoid the whole 'dinner and a belly dancing show' thing, and ended up at this little hole in the wall chowing down on cous cous and camel burgers watching a spectacular group of women perform traditional music. Then we went back to our riad and looked longingly at the broken hot tub one last time before going to sleep around 9pm.

Camel burger, Cafe Clock, Marrakech, Morocco
Camel burger close-up.

Many, many more photos to come from our time in Morocco, including our January 1 camel ride and desert overnight, and, more importantly, our return to the tex-mex place.

No comments:

Post a Comment