FBF – Jemaa El Fna

Marrakesh, the famed Red City of Morocco. ⴰⵎⵓⵔⴰⴽⵓⵛ (Berber) meaning The city of G-d was an imperial capitol of Morocco. The city boasts the world’s largest market place – Jemaa El-Fna. The market place here is truly an experience any traveler must come to see for themselves.

Koutubia Minaret – the remnant of a mosque that was destroyed due to it being incorrectly directed to the Mecca.

UNESCO boasts this city as being the world’s largest market place. Not a place for the agoraphobic as when the sun sets and the temperature becomes more hospitable, you will you see tens of thousands of people come out for commerce, for food and for fun.

We had a lot of fun combing through the tiny alleys of the souks looking for bargains. Though that may be a redundant thing to say as everything you set your eyes upon, just know that you should bargain.

The carpet souks here can get you a handmade Berber rug for a very reasonable price – if you bargain.

You do not need a guide here. My wife and I did fine without one, though there is some comfort in having someone who speaks Arabic (or Berber) here with you. But as of this trip we felt beyond safe here and the people here are overwhelmingly welcoming.

I am going to guess that when Ali Baba discovered the cave of the 40 thieves, it might look something like this.

The city had a large Jewish population at one point. Today is no longer the case. But everywhere you go, there are remnants testifying the Jewish past of this city.

This was our honeymoon spot where we enjoyed nice warm desert air, magnificent skylines, and incredible Muslim hospitality. We will return and as the local would say “Insha’Allah” (G-d willing) we will have another amazing adventure.

“Travelling, one accepts everything; indignation stays at home. One looks, one listens, one is roused to enthusiasm by the most dreadful things because they are new. Good travellers are heartless.” – Elias Canetti, The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit

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