a day in the marrakech medina

We got a slow start this morning, our first free day in Marrakech, but we finally took a taxi to the medina. At Koutoubia Mosque, we tried to get our bearings.

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Koutoubia Mosque

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Koutoubia Mosque

We started our morning at Djemaa el-Fna and tried to head north, but we couldn’t find the souqs that we’d walked through the afternoon before. Neither of us were much interested in the snake charmers.

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Djemaa el-Fna

Several guys attached themselves to us and tried to direct us to some tanneries and a cooperative, but we weren’t interested and we couldn’t shake them.  They were insistent, and frankly, obnoxious.  When I spoke strongly to them that we wanted to walk alone, one of them said, “F*@k America!”  We were taken aback, but not surprised, as many people in this part of the world hate our country. To be honest, I hate it often myself.

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murals in Marrakech souq

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mule cart

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life in the Marrakech souq

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more murals

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murals

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horse-drawn cart

After being lost for a while, we retraced our steps.  We stopped at a little cafe in a narrow alley.  It seemed we had finally found a corner where the souqs seemed to begin. Then we started shopping in earnest.  I bought more scarves (surprise, surprise!), paintings, jewelry (pink earrings and a Berber necklace), and some spices.

At one point, we dipped into a riad to take a few photos.

By accident, we came upon a colorful square selling straw bags and hats, colorful knit hats, carpets and a mishmash of stuff.

I fell in love with a long purple carpet hanging over a rooftop, but I knew I’d have nowhere to put it in my house.  That didn’t stop me yearning for it.

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my dream purple carpet

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my dream purple carpet

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my dream purple carpet

We ate lunch on tiny stools at tiny tables.  I had a four cheese panini-like sandwich and orange banana juice.  Then we dove in for more shopping.  We spent about six hours, from about 10-4, in the medina today.  It was sensory overload!

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gate into Marrakech medina

Later, we went back to rest at our hotel, and then later had dinner somewhere, but since I forgot to take notes, I don’t remember where. I vaguely remember it being a group farewell meal in a quite fancy restaurant.  It seems I had salmon with pasta. 🙂

The next day our tour would come to an end, but Susan and I had one more full day to explore Marrakech before we would fly our separate ways.

*Steps, 16,108, or 6.83 miles*

*Sunday, April 21, 2019*

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On Sundays, I post about hikes or walks that I have taken in my travels; I may also post on other unrelated subjects. I will use these posts to participate in Jo’s Monday Walks or any other challenges that catch my fancy.

This post is in response to Jo’s Monday Walk: Vaqueiros, Cheese Fest & the Choir.