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A WONDERFUL WEEK IN MARRAKESH

Ali Ben Youssef MosqueOn the 1st of October 2008 I flew out to Morocco for a weeks holiday in Marrakech. I stayed at the Amine Hotel which was about 5km walk from the centre of town but had good basic rooms, a good sized swimming pool and a bar.

On the first day of my holiday I walked in to town and visited the Koutoubia Mosque, the Djemaa El-Fna (central Square) and some of the Souks. I then walked back to the hotel before beginning to work on my tan by the pool.

On the second day of my trip I again walked in to the town and continued a complete circumnavigation of the old walled city – In total I walked 30km. I had a great time despite almost being arrested for trying to photograph the King’s Palace entrance. I also visited the  Bahta and Badi Palaces as well as exploring the Jewish quarter.

My Third day involved early morning visits to the Ben Youssef Medersa and the Museum of Marrakesh. I found both buildings fascinating and was lucky to have the covered courtyard in the Museum all to myself.

On the fourth day my decisions were made by the roll of my trusty dice. I ended up donning my traditional Berber outfit which I had purchased the day before and marching into town before taking a ride by horse and carriage. I also enjoyed exploring more of the Souks and getting completely lost in the endless alleyways of the Medina.

My Fifth day involved my by now daily walk into the town and visiting the Jardin Majorelle – the villa and gardens that was donated to the city by designer Yves Saint Laurent. I headed back into town in the evening to enjoy the chaos that descends on the Djemaa El-Fna during the evening.

I spent the final day having a wonderful time in the Souks bartering for gifts and souvenirs. Marrakesh is so much fun! I flew out from Marrakesh airport early Wednesday morning.

Click here to see more of my photographs from my trip to Marrakesh.

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Based in London, my interests include photography, kayaking, paddle boarding, electric unicycling, teepees, robotics, programming, databases, informatics and pharmacy.

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