Christmas in Marrakech.
|We spent Christmas in the old town of Marrakech. it was quite the experience! Warm sunny weather right as we get off the plain - a nice change from Geneva!||Nice looking airport|
|For dinner, a tajine at our riad (hotel)||From the rooftop of our riad||Walking to the Museum of Marrakech and Ali Ben Youssef Madrasa. The medina is very twisty and confusing - I had to ask directions many times, being sure to only ask from shopkeepers instead of young boys, who'd want to lead us there for a tip.||Inside the Musuem of Marrakech||Inside the Madrasa - lots of cell-like rooms for the students||A lot of the little cells had micro lofts for sleeping, you could climb up on these corner ladders||This is supposedly a student setup. Did they really cook their own meals?||In the markets||This stall sells kids clothing. Very creepy to see a bunch of headless kids hanging there!||Selling baby turtles and lizards||The Jemaa el Fna (main square/market) from a rooftop restaurant||Snake charmers||On the way to the Bahia Palace, we went through the upholstery/mattress making area||Kenny kept track of how many stray cats we saw. I think he got to more than thirty some days||This fellow used his feet and a hand lathe to create handles for wood skewers.||A tassel shop||Some heavy equipment. No barriers or flaggers, you just pick a good time and run by.||Dust was in the air for a quite a ways.||Our bathroom||The kids "smoking" french fries||The kids names, written by the restaurant owner in Arabic||In the evening, this game was set up in the square. Basically, you try to get a ring around the neck of these soda bottles, which you can win. It's really difficult, but can be done - every once in a while the owner would show how it's done.||The little kids get to use a short stick, which makes it lots easier.||The street close to the entrance to our hotel||Goatskins drying close to our hotel||At the Jardin Majorelle, a botanical garden featuring lots of cactus plants in the new town.||I think Peter took this one||Cactus galore! We tried to come up with descriptive names for them, like the "I need a haircut" cactus!||A tree-climbing cactus||We met Malika, our former babysitter from Morocco, for lunch.||In the Jemaa el Fna||We got a picture with these monkey guys. It was a mistake - they were rip-off artists||Moroccans listening to story-tellers||These ladies tried to sell henna tatooes||Street scenes - a gas station in the Medina. Notice the wheels on the gas pump - it's portable!||Items targeted at Moroccans are sometimes marked wtih prices, like these are - those for tourists, almost never||Christmas morning - Santa managed to make it to Marrakech!||A day trip to the Ourika Valley||Walking around a berber village||Top of a wall, covered with glass shards||A manual stone grinder||The kitchen||View from the roof||It seemed like the roof was made out of sticks covered with plastic, then dirt.||We stopped at a tourist attraction for argan oil, which is produced in Morocco. Here they're processing the argan nuts.||Our car and the driver||There were lots of these rickety bridges across the Ourika river||Walking up to the waterfall. Lots of little shops. Many tourists - it was like an ant trail!||Mint tea at the top, with the traditional fresh green mint leaves in the glass||Our guide to the waterfall.||It's amazing how much donkeys were used for transport||Dinner at a local restaurant. I assume the driver ate for free if he brought in paying customers (us).|