Marrakech, Morocco

A trip planned two years ago and abandoned at the last moment due to pregnancy nausea, but resumed this year on my birthday, this time in 3. First stop: Marrakech. We stayed in the Medina (the old town) in an extraordinarily beautiful Riad. I will not give you details about the city and Morocco, there is plenty of info on the internet. Instead I will share a few of my impressions and obviously plenty of pictures.

  • What impressed me most were the loudspeakers on the four sides of all the mosque towers, which at certain hours they called to prayer – 4-5 in the morning, 8, 12, etc. … when you least expected (e.g. at baby’s nap time).
  • In the Medina there are many narrow, dusty, crowded streets (pedestrians and motorbikes). The interesting part is that all week while I was in Morocco, although I was going through crowds, nobody hit me by mistake.
  • People seemed very nice and servile. I did not feel assaulted, aggrieved, cheated.
  • The services we had in the Riads (the homes we stayed with) exceeded my expectations. The staff took care of everything, they were doing their best to help us with whatever we wanted.
  • Moroccan food – I did not particularly like. I ate in many places and all my meals seemed extremely oily
  • They have many (MANY) cats: both on the streets and in the Riads

I’m leaving you with the pictures, for I’m better with pictures than with words. I hope you will enjoy and get inspire to travel 🙂

Calatorie planificata acum doi ani, dar abandonata in ultima clipa datorita greturilor de sarcina, dar reluata anul acesta de ziua mea, de data asta in 3. Prima oprire: Marrakech. Am stat in Medina (orasul vechi) intr-un Riad extraordinar de frumos. Nu va dau detalii despre oras si Maroc, gasiti destule informatii pe net. In schimb va spun cateva din impresiile mele si evident o multime de poze.

  • Ce m-a impresionat cel mai tare erau difuzoarele pe cele patru laturi la turnurile de moschei, din care la ore fixe rasuna in toata medina chemarea la rugaciune – la 4-5 dimineata, la 8, la 12 etc….cand ti-era lumea mai draga (si somnul mai dulce, sau in sfarsit dormea si copilul).
  • In Medina sunt multe stradute inguste, prafuite, aglomerate (pietoni si motociclete). Culmea este ca toata saptamana cat am stat in Maroc, desi mergeam prin inghesuiala si aglomeratie, nu m-a lovit/atins nimeni din greseala.
  • Oamenii mi s-au parut extrem de draguti si serviabili. Nu m-am simtit asaltata, agasata, inselata.
  • Serviciile de care am avut parte in Riaduri (casele in care am stat) au intrecut asteptarile. Personalul se ocupa de tot, se dadeau peste cap sa ne ajute cu orice doream.
  • Mancarea marocana nu mi-a placut in mod deosebit. Am mancat in multe locuri si toate mancarurile mi s-au parut extrem de uleioase
  • Au multe (MULTE) pisici: si pe strazi si in Riaduri

Va las cu pozele, ca ma pricep mai bine la imagini decat la cuvinte. Sper sa va placa si sa va inspire sa calatoriti 🙂

Our Riad in Marrakech/ Riadul in care am stat in Marrakech

The Riads have an indoor courtyard with a small pool / Riadurile au curte interioara si o mica piscina

Breakfast at Riad/ Micul dejun in Riad

The Riad’s rooftop/ Pe acoperisul Riadului

Rooftop view in Marrakech / Vedere asupra acoperisurilor din Marrakech

Street in Medina / Straduta in medina

Koutubia Mosque/ Turnul Moscheei Koutubia

ceramic and Tajine pots/ ceramica si oale pentru Tajine

Ben Youssef Medresa / Fosta universitate (medresa) Ben Youssef

In Majorelle Gardens/ in gradina Majorelle

Outside the Medina/ In afara medinei (aici e orasul nou)

The trainstation in Marrakech/ Gara din Marrakech

Waiting for the train for Rabat/ In gara din Marrakech

Train Marrakech-Rabat/ In tren din Marrakech spre Rabat