Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Ochre City - Marrakech - I love this place!

Aaahhh Marrakech - it makes one feel alive! An Arabic Africa, bustling with activity, dusty with the sand that blows in from the Sahara and in many ways seemingly unchanged for centuries - snake charmers, performing monkeys and Berber women offering henna tattoos. But behind the high walls of the Riads in the medina, exists another world altogether, tranquil serene and indulgent. It is a city of great contrasts - a frenetic life on the outside, in the souks, the busy streets and the main square, Jeema El Fna, versus the peace of the interior spaces with the intricate detail and hand craftsmanship - carved stucco, painted cedar and colourful Zelig tiles.