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Marrakesh: An assault on the senses

Posted by Squiffy on March 18th, 2008

“Good morning. Just looking.” We must have heard this phrase a hundred times during our two day stay in Marrakesh, it’s the favourite saying of all the souq traders trying to tempt you into their shops. But be warned: there is no such thing as ‘just looking’. Once you show any glimmer of interest in their wares or pause for even a second, you will find yourself with a berber scarf on your head, a carpet in one hand and a lantern in the other, all of which you can purchase for ‘a very good price my friend’.

Despite the constant hassle from lantern sellers, henna painting ladies and snake charmers, Marrakesh is a wonderful place. Yes, it’s dusty, busy and unhygienic but it’s also exotic and exciting. Sitting in the square on our first evening it was clear we were on another continent, this was not like home: The smell of spices, the ‘call to prayer’ heard over the tannoy system, mules and carts in the main thoroughfare and stalls full of exotic goods.

We spent our couple of days in Marrakesh getting lost in the winding alleys of the souqs, drinking the prevalent mint tea (traditionally taken with heaps of sugar) and retreating in our riad style hotel which was an oasis in the madness.

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Comment from Sista
Time: March 19, 2008, 5:49 am

Wonderful stuff. 14 years since I was there and it’s making me want to go back! (Murphy has bought me a ‘call to prayer’ alarm clock so I now wake up every morning to the sound of the Azam!)

All my love xxx

Comment from Dave Evans
Time: March 19, 2008, 11:12 pm

Sounds fantastic, would love to go. Really enjoying your blogs guys, keep ’em coming…

Comment from H
Time: March 22, 2008, 9:51 pm

loving the pictures of Marrakesh, looks very interesting… probably a good job you can’t portray the smells though! (and glad to see Musli appeared well fed)! Love H x

Comment from claire
Time: March 23, 2008, 3:16 pm

Thanks to all our comment leavers, it is great to hear from you and know that you’re enjoying our ramblings and photos :o) There’s more to come soon, we’re currently struggling with incompatible laptop connections and Arabic keyboards! Happy Easter xx

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