Travel: Morocco – March 2014 (part 2)

Morocco

If you missed the start of this journey, jump to the beginning  here:

Morocco Marrakech Cafe Talaa -- the skyline of the city

Marrakech, Cafe Talaa…

Unusually high walls. Ramparts of the old wall (I think, not sure where I was here). And there an entrepreneurial soul has bolted together some corrugated carbo-plastic, dropped in some hydrogel stools and a splash of bright paint – welcome Cafe Talaa…

Morocco Marrakech Apothecary

Marrakech Apothecary

Marrakech – Souk – Apothacary.  Back into the souk and through the labyrinth of passageways. The apothecary has a demonstration room at the top of the building. Up two flights of stairs to a sterile room with green walls and lino floors being hurriedly moped down by men and woman wearing white lab coats. 1 hour of hard sell – which is actually interesting and enjoyable. You’re given smells and smears of spices, ointments and creams. I even got a full torso massage whilst sitting there. Top off. Strong hands pummeling and attacking the muscles of my shoulders and back (which had been in agony since banging my shoulder on a shelf at work the week before) – abruptly removing all stiffness and pain. Oil of ginseng. Mint tea. Skin cream. Sinus blasting scent bags.

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That night Oj and I went back to Jemaa el-Fnaa to enjoy the atmosphere after dark. What a transformation. The rain had stopped and everything was noise and chaos. Snake charmers and the shrill warbling of their flutes. Dancing men dressed as woman and the pounding of dozens of drums. Found a cafe with a roof terrace after spending some time mingling through the throngs of performers and dubious eating places (no running water so consider what your food is served on after a day of use).

Morocco, Marrakech Cafe overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa

Marrakech, Cafe overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa

 

Morocco, Marrakech, night scene in Jemaa el-Fnaa

Marrakech, night scene in Jemaa el-Fnaa

 

Morocco, Marrakech, street performers at night in Jemaa el-Fnaa

Marrakech, street performers at night in Jemaa el-Fnaa

Morocco, Marrakech, incredible night scence of Jemaa el-Fnaa photo by David J Rodger

Marrakech, incredible night scene of Jemaa el-Fnaa

 

Morocco, Marrakech, looking down edge of Jemaa el-Fnaa towards main mosque

Marrakech, looking down edge of Jemaa el-Fnaa towards main mosque

Morocco, Marrakech, David J Rodger above Jemaa el-Fnaa

David J Rodger above Jemaa el-Fnaa

Mint tea and panoramic vistas. By time I got back to the hotel I was feeling the first twinges of stomach cramps. I guess they didn’t wash the glasses either. Stomach problems passed but a couple of people from the hotel who we saw in the square and on the terrace experienced dodgy stomachs too.

Morocco, Marrakech, mint tea in a cafe overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa

Mint tea in a cafe overlooking Jemaa el-Fnaa

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VIDEO OF JEMAA EL-FNAA

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DAY TWO

This is not an electron microscope view of the bacterium that caused my belly to ache.

 

Morocco, Marrakech, strange cactus at Jardin Majorelle

Strange cactus at Jardin Majorelle

Day 2 saw the sun again. Lovely and warm. Took a trip to Jardin Majorelle, legacy of the French painter who came to Marrakech in 1919. After falling into total disarray after his death in the 1960s it was acquired by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge. It’s a nice little oasis of greenery and colour. The Berber museum is a must. Took a trip out to an oasis and then to Bahia Palace which has exquisite rooms and courtyards.

 

Violet indigo plant pot in Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco

Violet indigo plant pot in Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco

 They use the most exquisite colour of violet indigo. Splashes of it here and there that really entertain the eye amongst all the bright greenery and washes of other colours. This is in a city where there are very few parks and very little in the way of contrast in the materials used on majority of buildings: a dusty pink being the dominant theme, structure wise. 

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Cactus reach for the sky at Jardin Majorelle Morocco Marrakech

Cactus reach for the sky at Jardin Majorelle

Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco - view of cieling sky lights and hanging lantern

Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco – view of ceiling sky lights and hanging lantern

 Across town to Bahia Palace. Built in the late 1800s as the greatest palace of its time. Bahia Palace means “brilliance”. The essence of Islamic and Moroccan style.

This a view of the ceiling in one of many large and dramatic rooms. There isn’t much to look at IN the rooms. They’re empty. But the ornamentation woven into the structure, and the sense of scale is enjoyable. Squint your eyes and you could imagine this was bright lit aerodynes zipping through an overhead night sky.

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Bahia Palace Marrakech Morocco - doorway blending  Moroccan and Islamic design concepts

Bahia Palace Marrakech – doorway blending Moroccan and Islamic design concepts

Marrakech street scene - donkey cart trader, Mercedes driver and the tourist couple - outside Bahia Palace

Donkey cart trader, Mercedes driver and the tourist couple – outside Bahia Palace

Marrakech street scene - fruit seller gets to work - outside Bahia Palace

Marrakech street scene – fruit seller gets to work – outside Bahia Palace

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One thought on “Travel: Morocco – March 2014 (part 2)

  1. Hi David – ‘a bit good. Your photography is excellent. Looking forward to part III. In fact we are just cooking a Moroccan dinner for friends in a tangine – tonight.
    More later, Charles & Chris

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