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Marvelous Marrakesh!

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A November 2009 trip to Marrakech by manlalakbay

camel leather shoes at the souk Photo, Morocco, Africa More Photos
Quote: the great get-away of masters students who just finished their research papers and chose to celebrate their freedom by going to the exotic beauty of morocco.

Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa

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Attraction | "The Sights and Sounds of Djemaa al-Fna"

Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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At first glance, Djemaa al-Fna may look just like your ordinary everyday square. But upon closer examination, there is much to be interested about the famous square and market place of Marrakesh's old medina. The souks are located in one side of the square for those who may want to shop after a visit to the Square.If you stand in the middle of the square you will have a perfect, unobstructed view of the Kotuobia Mosque. One of the bigger and probably most famous mosque of Marrakesh.During the day, the famous orange juice carts line one area of the square providing thirsty tourists and locals their daily dose of Vitamin C while there are some dried fruits and nuts carts for t...Read More

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Djemaa el Fna/Jamma el-Fnaa
Medina Quarter
Marrakesh, Morocco

MFOJ: Moroccan Fresh Orange Juice

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Grapefruit slice Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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Marrakesh can get a bit warm during the day, so one can get a bit parched in the throat. You can't really trust tap water in a desert country, can you? So how do you deal with thirst the Moroccan way? Why with fresh orange juice, of course!Djeema El Fna, the main square in Marrakesh, has fresh orange juice carts all over. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy their Vitamin C overload as they make their way from one part of the square to another. The carts look more inviting with the oranges lining the counters. It looks attractive and lively and definitely projects well in photos. The juice is served on glasses (yey! environmentally-friendly!), but you may also opt for plas...Read More

Riad Medina Zahara

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Hotel | "Riad Medina Zahara: Friendly Service, Value for Money"

Riad Medina Zahara Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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Moroccan hostels are known as 'riad' which means a home or palace with an interior garden. For those hoping to find hostels that are right where the Djemaa El Fna is, you might not get what you want. Most of the hostels are located outside the square and require some meandering along small alleys. But I should say that this is part of the charm of staying in Marrakesh.Riad Medina Zahara is a small riad with one dormitory and several private rooms. Do not be surprised when you are greeted by two shih tzus for they are part of the Zahara family. The smaller one is Samba while the bigger dog is Frodo. They are often frisky and tend to linger with people who are eating. Typical dog beha...Read More

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Riad Medina Zahara
Derb Dabachi Derb Jemma 17
Marrakesh, Morocco

Traditional Morrocan Cuisine

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steamy chicken tajine Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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One of the things I found most welcome in Marrakesh is how affordable their food is. I'd go as far as saying it's quite cheap. Even students like us could afford to eat as much as we like without feeling the credit crunch. ;pMeals often begin with a serving of Moroccan salad, which is just really chopped tomatoes topped with parsley and some salt. It is still good though and matches perfectly with the Moroccan bread. A perfect appetizer for the coming main dish!One traditional cuisine of Morocco is the tajine or tagine. The tajine is actually named for the dish where it is cooked and served. The traditional tajine pot is usually made of clay. It is usually painted with d...Read More

Marrakesh Souks

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moroccan spices Photo, Morocco, Africa
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One of the greatest appeals of Marrakesh is their "souks" or market. The alleys and streets are festooned with color as shops hang their colorful camel leather bags and shoes, silk and polyester shawls, exotic spices and scents and curious trinkets. Shopaholics will enjoy the game of haggling as they try to get the best bargains for beautiful and artistically made Moroccan products. The usual game begins with the vendor giving a price. The buyer is recommended to begin his/her bid at 1/10th of the price. The haggling goes back and forth until both parties find an agreeable price. My biggest haggling success was getting an originally priced 400 dirham camel leather shoes t...Read More