Every now and then, a traveler gets nostalgic for old trips. You may know what I mean… the photo albums are opened (or Facebook albums clicked on) and mooned over with a sigh. “That was such an amazing time…” I recently got that way after I read Tahir Shah’s accounts of Moroccan culture in the The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca through rehabing a riad. I thought, “I just have to go back and do it all over again.”
There are very few places that I’d return too given that my list of “to see” is so long. Morocco is one of them. It’s Arabian Nights, artisan beauty, varied and dramatic natural scenery, desert trips, and myths. It’s ancient sands and modern cafes. It’s rainbowed tiles, crowded souks, and grand mosques. To indulge my nostalgia, I’ve put together this post of the highlights. I hope it inspires you to go or return.
Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakesh
The desert winds pull and push through the square, elevating sounds of the snakes being charmed, the story tellers sharing tales, and the hum of the nearby souk. I sat at one of the rooftop cafes in late afternoon, looked out onto the storied square, and felt, THIS is an Arabian Night.
The Hassan Mosque in Casablanca
The only place to look when at the seaside mosque, and 7th largest mosque in the world, is up. The grand 210 meter minaret stands over sea and city.
Shopping in Fez
The Fez souk, in the heart of the old town, is a maze. I could only imagine going into the perfume, leather, and silver shops, not the mention finding the most beautifully carved madrassas and savory suites with a guide.
Sunrise in the Sahara
The camel ride out is bumpy, but adventurous. The night in the Bedouin camp is cold, but cultural. It’s the sunset view from atop the dunes just outside of Merzouga that is the real payoff. I sat there for an hour and watched the sun make the dunes go from a dusty abstract to golden real and felt my insides shift with time.
Maybe it’s the Moroccan version of a roadside diner, but lamb tagines are ubiquitous at restaurants across Morocco. They are hot, hearty, and savory meals to keep the traveler going.
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This post and trip down travel memory lane generously arranged by Holiday Hypermarket. All views and recollections are my own. Whatever gets you to travel in Morocco, I encourage.