Morocco

When thinking about this country I still feel unsatisfied. I know there is much more to see and even if we have spent 10 days there, there are enough places to visit for another month .

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Returning to this beautiful country is still at the back of my mind. Morocco is an amazing country- colorful, with an incredible décor. It’s a country to go back to for sure . It was the first Muslim country I have visited, and first North African.

We went to Morocco just after Christmas. One of the best things I found there was the weather- full sun and 18th degrees Celsius in December- January period. Our trip started in the city of Agadir which is a most famous Moroccan beach resort. Beautiful wide beaches, promenades equally wide, and lots of hotels and restaurants. Agadir in a nutshell. It is definitely worth visiting in the summer time, when the temperatures let you enjoy the beach. dsc_0191

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That is why we decided to stay there just for two days. Unfortunately the city does not have many monuments to visit as it was destroyed in the 60’ties of the XX century by an earthquake.

During this short visit we had an opportunity to see some interesting sights like the local Souk, 10904535_840458365976935_696918168490957608_o

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Agadir Kasbah, and the citadel from the XVI century. The view from there:dsc_0070

dsc_0140We also visited local Medina which currently under the reconstruction, and passed through the mini zoo, local attraction. Agadir was also where we tasted a camel meat… dsc_0169

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After calm Agadir the time came for a local bus trip further to Marrakech. Marrakech is a city of a Thousand and One Night. You just feel it. We began sightseeing from Kutubijja Mosque, which was located just next to our hotel. dsc_0231

The center of the city is marked with Souk- the market, where you can meet local merchants, craftsmen, and restaurateurs- anything a Moroccan man may need. dsc_0256

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For me, one of the most incredible places was the main square in front of the market, called Jamaa el Fna, which in the evening transformed into the place of feast and games. Many local cookes offered wide range of meals. Generally I am not into street food due to the higenic reasons, but this time I could not hold myself. This is a heart of Marrakesh and because of that many local people come there to eat. Apart from of the food there is a number of games that you can play on the square which is very popular especially among young people. During the day you can find attractions like snake charmers or women who will paint your hands with henna.  dsc_0398

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Walking on the streets of Medina we visited Ben Youssef Medersa Koran School,  dsc_032210926835_840459252643513_3260651266242040681_o

streets of Medina:dsc_0271

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and also in the further part of the city the El-Bahia Palace, which amazed us with its architecture and décor. dsc_0415

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Majorelle Gardens is a very special place in Marrakech, very beautiful and mesmerizing. The place recently belonged to the French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent, until his death. It was founded in the XIX century by the French painter Jacques Majorell. Yves Saint-Laurent bought this place devastated and restored its splendor.dsc_0524

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10926446_840471185975653_1853215631843091619_nMarrakesh is not represented by the Medina old walls only, it is also a modern city:1451541_840472169308888_2264304690358329150_n

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to be continued…