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12th-19th March 2019.   A trip "Imperial Cities of  Morocco"  arranged by SAGA. There were 29 elderly people on the trip. I have tried to show the people of Morocco and avoid the teeming hoards of tourists. The light was hard with bright contrast except in the dark souks.

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1. Marrakesh (The Red City) Tuesday 12th March 04:25 train to Gatwick in cold wet weather 3.25 hour flight to warm, sunny Marrakech

Marrakech Airport Concourse roof

Marrakech Airport

On the way to the Palm Plaza Hotel

The Palm Plaza Hotel

A traditional Moroccan Dining area in the hotel lobby

My bedroom


Loo with bidet

My Balcony

The Main Lobby

A Lounge

2. Marrakesh

Wednesday 13th March A tour of of the sights of the city  

Passing by

A City street

Front doors

Sorting money out

Police Post

A feral cat

Entrance to the Mellah (market)

Mellah Square, Bab el Mellah

Mellah Square


A Trading Shop in the Caravanserai surround

More Stock


Ocelot Skins?

Who buys all this spice?

No photos!

Knee protectors

Guarding the load

Male First Aid post



The Jewish Quarter

Not a religious Muslim!

Location Log of our visit

A public Drinking Fountain

Slat Al Azama Synagogue


Covering the Torah Scrolls

Jewish Mementoes

Brass Main Doors

Carpets for sale

Down into the labyrinthine Mella


Argane (a local nutf or perfume medicine etc) Herboristorie


Cures for any condition

Map of Marrakech

Bahia Palace

Ancient Lift

Column top

Bahia Palace, the concubines each had a room 6ft X 10ft.tiled all over

She bought a local dress


Various decorations



Retro Camera

Sore feet

Herbal Remedies


Moulay El Yazid Mosque

Saadien Tombs

Saadien Tombs

Video Show

City Gate

City Gate

Palais Arabe Restaurant for...

...a 2 hour lunch in an empty traditional restaurant

2 Marrakesh

Evening Around Djemaa el-Fnaa Square  



False Ray-bans for sale. "Shockram" means Thank you and No thank you

Cafe de France balcony from which I took shots of the Djemaa el-Fnaa Square

There are 200 odd licensed carriages in the city

Haggling, should have agreed the fare

Hour of prayer

Friday Prayers at Koutoubia Mosque

Koutoubia Minaret

Smoking is Haram!

Sitting on his sandal

Remains of an earlier mosque

Djemaa el-Fnaa Square.


Its mine!

Chasing a photographer for money, small change needed

Traditional water sellers posing for tips

Juice bar

Cuddle a monkey?

Carves' Heads

Djemaa el-Fnaa Square

Snake Charmer

Sweets, cigarettes etc

Modern Morrocan

Henna Hand painting  "Mehndi"

A "Singer"


3. Marrakesh

Thursday 14th March morning Jardin Majorelle and Berber Village  

To Jardin Majorelle

Drivers fooling about

We set off in 3 carriages

Jardin Majorelle

The garden was packed out by 1100am


The shop



Everyone wants a selfie

The Berber Museum

Mint Tea ceremony in the cafe

Mint Tea (hot handle)

Summer house

Rubbish Recycler

Off they go

3. Agounsane

A Berber village in the afternoon    

Atlas Mountains

Agousane is too small to show on most maps

The Village Women's Co-operative

Rug for sale

The Women

The Infant school

The Teacher

The infants. They spend the morning with the Imam, the afternoon at school

Grandma doesn't want to be snapped

Mud and straw walls, cane, mud and plastic sheet roof

Main Square

The Potters workshop

Teenage kids

The potter with foot driven wheel

Prickly pear dying from cochineal beetle

Main street

A cow in the ground floor

Dung heap

To the Potters house

The Hall with chickens


Inner Courtyard

The Parlour (bedroom?)

Mint Tea Ritual

Sugar chipped from a sugar loaf

Minimum hospitality that everyone provides visitors. Nuts, bread, olive oil and tea (green tea with mint)

Quern to grind corn

Matriarch Fatima

Infants coming home

Village Mosque

4 Rabat (Blue and White Kasbah)

Friday 15th March Kasbah, Chella Roman Ruins and Mausoleum Mohammed V  

Hotel Doorman says farewell

Passing Marrakesh Railway Station on our way to Rabat

Kasbah des Oudayas, Rabat

Kasbah des Oudayas, a city within a city

Main gate to the Kasbah

The Green outside the walls

An Old Fountain


To the harbour

The Harbour used by Barbary Pirates

Outside the Mosque


To the Garden

Andalusian style garden

Hassan Tower?

Water Pump to irrigate the Garden

Chella, Mausoleum to Hassan II gate

Inside the gate

Dragon Tree

Our radical Guide

Ruins of Chella Roman ruin

Hassan's Tower

Buskers at the gate

Mosque at the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the previous king, back in Rabat where we will be staying

Ruins of the previous mosque

Royal Guard

Wealthy Visitors

The Mausoleum

Hassans Tower


Very low light

Not much room for the guard as we squeeze past

 Water surrounds the tomb

Off to barracks

5.Rabat to Fes

Saturday 16th March Volubilis Roman Ruins  

Our Guide in Meknes. we had set off in a cold sea mist

Meknes outer Town Gate, Bab el-Khemis

Bab Mansour

Old Jewish Quarter is behind the wall

A beggar

Agdal Basin Reservoir


Parc Benhlima


The Granary is beyond

The Granary Wall

Our Guide escaping (for pictures)

The Granary Entrance

One chamber of the vast Granary, cooled by a garden on the roof, thick walls and water running within the walls

A water pump

Grain is fed in from above

Large interior  doors

Royal Stables for 3000 horses

A Meknes Gate, Bab Mansour, the largest gate in Africa, looking towards the New Mellah  across Ladhim Square

Inside Bab Mansour now a shop

Ostrich Woman

A monkey for cuddles

A Snake Charmer

Horse rides in Place Ladhim, Meknes

Through to the actual shop

Entrance to the New Mellah

Tagines for sale

Arabic, Berber and French signs

Mixed Spices

We did not see anyone wearing one

A Snake Charmer

Dead cow ready for the butcher


Into the wall to pass beyond

The wool market

Our lunch stop for...

...another traditional meal

Damascene metalwork, pottery and embroidery being produced

The craftsman

The Roman Empire. We stopped at Volubis on our way to Fes

Volubilis Roman ruins main street, the Town Gate is at the far end

The Arch of Caracalla, Volubilis

House of Orpheus

Mosaic Floor with a horse ridden backwards

Pi dog

Comfort break at Barrage Sidi Chahab


Mementoes Stall

Barcelo Fes Hotel for our stay

View from my room in the Barcelo Fes Hotel at night


Sunday 17th March Medina, Madrassa, Jewish Quarter etc  

Location Log of visit to Fes

Overview from the "Southern Tower"

Pottery Works

Raw Clay

Ladies Loo

Old Style Shops

Street Cleaners


Litter picking donkey

Olive Oil Drums

Butcher in the Fes el Bali market

The Camels head indicates camel meat for sale


Making Filo Pastry for Samosas

Preparing Fish

A kaleidoscope

Wash house

Banter with the tourists

Kairouine Mosque. All Mosques are barred to non Muslims



Plaster work

Kissing the Kings hand top right


....now a Wood Museum

 Madrassa Koranic verse


Carpet and Textile shop

The scarf suits you

Looking out

Smelly Leather Works

We were given mint to help with the terrible stink

Skins drying


Drying vertically

Self inflating pouffes

Moroccan Porn?

Moroccan Salad before Lamb Shish Kebab for me at lunch

A donkey piled high with leather skins rushed past but I was too slow!

King Mohommed VI's new palace at. Fes el Jedid

Andalusian style Jewish Quarter

I think we missed out the Synagogue and Jewelry shops as people were tired out

7.Fes/Marrakesh Monday 18th March via Casablanca A very long drive

The Journey back (location log)

The Avenue Hassan II, Fes. The Promende

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca. The tallest Minaret on earth

The Corniche, it looked rather tired

Old and new housing, Casablanca

Royalist Cafe for lunch

The Royal Family photo outside (propaganda)

The only granite outcrop

A Country Farm

Casablanca Sea Front  by satellite

Cork Oaks with sheep grazing underneath

Back to the Palm Plaza

Opposite the hotel

8.Flying Home

Tuesday 19th March Marrakech to Gatwick no delaysbut food ran out on plane A smooth journey home