Maybe if I was Allen Ginsberg I could come up with words that accurately describe the Marrakech Medina. It was by far the craziest place that I have ever seen. A constant assault on the senses, surreal & overwhelming. Mind boggling and unlike anywhere else.
Marrakech was everything I imagined it would be and more.
Snake charmers, henna hand painters, trained monkeys, hawks, doves and guinea pigs working the square for unwitting tourists. Men dressed in crazy costumes whirling their heads around non stop, people singing, dancing, playing instruments. Drum circles, Balloon sellers, Snail pushers, trinkets of all kinds, horse & carriages, scooters, mopeds, trucks, bikes and donkeys. A million people rushing around with nowhere & everywhere to go at the same time.
There you are standing in the middle of all of it, mouth agape, mind blown, watching everything around you, trying to process it all. Out of all the things to do in Marrakech one of the best (and hardest) is just taking it all in. There’s so much to see that you can get tired just witnessing it all.
Night was one of my favorite times in the Medina because the scenery starts to take on a bit of a different air – life doesn’t slow down but the insanity looks just a little more romantic under the big, dark sky. Couples walk hand in hand, people seem to relax a bit more and smile often.
Each evening an entire block of food stalls set up camp in the heart of the square. The entire buzz of the marketplace changes.
Snake charmers are replaced by locals selling wares by a propane gas lit single bulb lamp. Smoke rises from the food stalls as fantastic smells waft through the Medina luring you into these ‘pop-up’ restaurants of Marrakech. Juices, snails, nuts & dried fruits line the alleys. Grabbing a seat not only gets you dinner but the chance to sit down and watch the buying/selling, socializing, laughing, kissing, yelling and insanity as it continues on around you.
I hope you enjoy this photo essay of Marrakech after dark. They’ll be plenty more photo essays from our time in Morocco coming up over the next several weeks. In a crazy place like Marrakech it’s almost impossible to stop shooting.
This photo essay was part of our collaboration with Low Cost Holidays. If you are interested in traveling to Morocco be sure to check out their cheap holidays to Marrakech for great deals on city breaks.
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