On April 16, 2017, we docked in Casablanca, Morocco, where we traveled 4 hours by bus to the fabled Marrakech. Marrakesh, located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, is possibly the most important of Morocco’s four former imperial cities. The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times, but the actual city was founded in 1062. Once in Marrakech, we entered the old city which is surrounded by walls. Here we traveled by foot thru the Spice Souq to the Bahia Palace, which is an example of moroccan architecture. We then went to the Madrassa Ben Youssef Building, another example of moroccan architecture, which was richly carved in cedar, marble and stucco. We then went to the Medina and the Old Souq. Here we meandered through the narrow alleys past craftsmen and vendors of many trades, winding up at Jamaa el Fna Square, with its many sellers, vendors, snake charmers and performers. On our way back we passed many Bedouin farmers still working in the fields.
The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture.