Friday, November 25, 2011

Magic Morocco

I just came back from my first trip ever to the African continent! 

 For a whole week I went to Morocco together with my two colleagues Friederike and Anki - we stayed in beautiful Marrakesh and even undertook a 2-day desert trip over the snow-covered High Atlas Mountains into the Sahara :-))

Back in Marrakesh, my muscles in pain after a couple of hours riding on a dromedar, what I needed was a Hammam: this is a traditional bath very common in Muslim/Arabic countries. Since many people still don't have proper bathrooms they go there a few times per week to wash, bath, scrub and enjoy massages ... lovely!

The food is delicious - we were in CouscousHeaven, as Friederike dubbed it quite accurately :) And of course ... we got lost in the hundreds of souks = markets. The city is just sooo vibrant, full of snake charmers, monkey-men, water-sellers, Henna-ladies offering to draw on one's skin, horse-drawn vehicles, motor-scooters and bikes, horse buggies and soooo much more ;-))

Mountains of herbs and spices are sold at every corner.

Enjoying delicious food (TAJINE, in this case) on one of the many roof-top restaurants.

Freshly-squeezed orange juice for € 0.30 *a must-drink*

Jardin Majorell - Yves Saint Laurent bought this villa decades ago and designed  the lovely lush-green garden paradise surrounding it! When he died in 2008, his ashes were scattered over the soil of this property.

Friederike and Mohamed, who hosted us for a night in the ville nouvelle, the new part of Marrakesh!

Marrakesh's city wall!

In the background, you can see the city's highest minaret tower - 70m - of the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque ... by the way: it served as the architectural prototype for Sevilla's "La Geralda" in Spain!

 New culinary experiences ... dinner (above) and sweets (below)!

Marrakesh's train station
Thank you very much for hosting us, Mohamed + Eyup! We really appreciated your generosity, open-mindedness, creativity, activity ...

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