Images of Morocco

Morocco is exactly what I had pictured in my head: dry, brown, desert, tents, buildings made of clay, towns with narrow alleyways, crowded, shops, shops, shops.  I’ve gotten “lost” in every medina I have entered, but it’s okay because there are exits everywhere.  When I see something I like in a shop I get it right then because I know I will never find that shop again.  The Sahara Desert was vast, and very hot.  I think the image of the Sahara was romanticized too much in films but they never mentioned all the camel poop everywhere…and I mean everywhere!  Essaouira turned out to be my favorite.  It is by the coast, which means cooler temperature and all the fresh fish I want.  There’s also a bit of a bohemian atmosphere with many artists displaying their works.  Out of all the places I have visited in this country, the culture here in Essaouira is a little more relaxed making it easier for one (especially a woman) to travel.

Sahara Desert, Merzouga

Sahara Desert, Merzouga

Camel trek in the Sahara Desert

Camel trek in the Sahara Desert

sunrise over the Sahara Desert: it's not obvious here, but I am sitting on top of a very tall sand dune.

sunrise over the Sahara Desert: it’s not obvious here, but I am sitting on top of a very tall sand dune.

mint tea ceremony, Todra Gorge

mint tea ceremony, Todra Gorge

Rose Valley

Rose Valley

the Kasbahs of Imlil

the Kasbahs of Imlil

in Fez medina

in Fez medina

colorful tiles inside a mosque, Fez

colorful tiles inside a mosque, Fez

inside Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

inside Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Fez spice market

Fez spice market

in Fez medina

in Fez medina

tannery in Fez

tannery in Fez

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech medina

Marrakech medina

Berber music

Berber music

Berber music

Berber music

Volubilis

Volubilis

Triumphal Arch, Volubilis

Triumphal Arch, Volubilis

Essaouira medina

Essaouira medina

port of Essaouira

port of Essaouira

fish market in Essaouira

fish market in Essaouira