enticing moroccan markets

Some of the most beguiling things about Morocco are the markets filled to the brim with enticing and colorful decorative objects and foods. I fell prey to many of them, and came home with an extra bag stuffed with scarves, paintings, mother-of-pearl inlaid mirrored frames, Fatima hands, spices, a leather bag and two wallets, and even a rug. 🙂  I sadly never bought any ceramics because the pieces I wanted were large and cumbersome, and I would have had to carry them not only through Morocco, but through Italy as well.

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Essaouira

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dates in Casablanca

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Casablanca

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Tangier

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Tangier

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Tangier

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Tangier

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Tangier

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Tangier

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Tangier

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Tangier

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Chefchaouen

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Chefchaouen

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Chefchaouen

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Chefchaouen

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Chefchaouen

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Chefchaouen

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Chefchaouen

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Chefchaouen

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Chefchaouen

We stopped at a modern grocery store in Asima on the 10-hour drive from Fès to Merzouga.  Here, we bought ingredients for a picnic lunch that we enjoyed along the way.

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modern grocery store in Asima on the way from Fès to Merzouga

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Aït Benhaddou

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Aït Benhaddou

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Essaouira

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Essaouira

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Essaouira

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Marrakech

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Marrakech

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Marrakech

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Marrakech

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Marrakech

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Marrakech

I so wanted the purple rug shown below but would have had nowhere to put it!

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Marrakech

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“PHOTOGRAPHY” INVITATION:  I invite you to create a photography intention and then create a blog post for a place you have visited. Alternately, you can post a thematic post about a place, photos of whatever you discovered that set your heart afire. You can also do a thematic post of something you have found throughout all your travels: churches, doors, people reading, people hiking, mountains, patterns, all black & white, whatever!

In my case, my intention was to look for thematic possibilities during my trip to Morocco and was enticed by all the colorful markets (and the goods!).

You probably have your own ideas about this, but in case you’d like some ideas, you can visit my page: photography inspiration.

I challenge you to post no more than 20-25 photos (I have a lot more here!) and to write less than 1,500 words about any travel-related photography intention you set for yourself. Include the link in the comments below by Wednesday, October 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  When I write my post in response to this challenge on Thursday, October 10, I’ll include your links in that post.

This will be an ongoing invitation, every first, second, and third (& 5th, if there is one) Thursday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂

I hope you’ll join in our community. I look forward to reading your posts!

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I invite you all to settle in and read a few posts from our wandering community.  I promise, you’ll be inspired!

Thanks to all of you who shared posts on the “photography” invitation. 🙂

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