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Sand Castles of Morocco – Ourzazete, Morocco

 

Photo of the Day – Sand Castles of Morocco – Ourzazete, Morocco

These “Sand Castles” are part of Ait Benhaddou a village located on the original caravan route between the Sahara Desert and Marrakech. The village has been aided by UNESCO, but many of its roots, people and traditions have withstood the test of time.

The structures you see here are massive and make up the homes and village which are still lived in today. I couldn’t help but imagine them as something a jubilant youngster would try to build with sand along the coast.

Sand Castles of Morocco - Ourzazete
 

Memories of Essaouira – Essaouira, Morocco

 

Photo of the Day – Memories of Essaouira – Essaouira, Morocco

What do you think of this photo? Seriously, I am curious – tell me what you think!

I named this photo “Memories of Essaouira”. With the vignetting and the multiple layers of fishing boats, sea, birds, people, sea wall and city buildings, it gives me that sort of nostalgic feeling of a place. In this case, that place is the sea side city of Essaouira.

So, what kind of feeling does it give you?

Memories of Essaouira - Essaouira, Morocco
 

Kasbah in the Valley – Ourika Valley, Morocco

 

Photo of the Day – Kasbah in the Valley – Ourika Valley, Morocco

The literal translation for Kasbah is the ‘quarter in which the citadel resides’, but many times today, a Kasbah is a large home. This Kasbah is actually now a hotel, restaurant and shop all in one. We pulled over on our (my Mom and I) way through the Ourika Valley outside of Marrakech.

The Kasbah was re-built and is owned by a French man who has now turned this beautiful old fort into a full-service inn. What you can not see in the photo is the view from the Kasbah. If you were standing on the terrace or staying in one of the rooms with the windows you see here, you would have a fantastic view of the low Atlas mountains the the river that runs down them.

Kasbah in the Valley - Ourika Valley, Morocco
 

Window to Ait Benhaddou – Ourzazete, Morocco

 

Photo of the Day – Window to Ait Benhaddou – Ourzazete, Morocco

On a day trip to Ourzazete, we toured the incredible Ait Benhaddou. Ait Benhaddou is a very old kasbah built along the original route from Marrakech to the Sahara. This Berber village is literally something out of a movie as it has been featured in films such as “The Mummy”, “Gladiator”, and “Prince of Persia”.

Climbing around this hillside village was a ton of fun and a place I would like to spend more time exploring. There seemed to be an infinite number of paths, nooks, and small buildings to explore while you work your way to the top. I capture this shot near the top while looking through one of the many archways. What a view.

Window to Ait Benhaddou - Ourzazete, Morocco
 

The Night Market at Jemaa el Fna – Marrakech, Morocco

 

Photo of the Day – The Night Market at Jemaa el Fna – Marrakech, Morocco

Jemaa el Fna is one of the highlights of visiting Marrakech! My Mom and I went here on 2 different nights and each time had great experiences. The amount of people, chaos, and interesting activity is non-stop as are the persistent food stand promoters.

When you go to Marrakech, make sure you check-out the view of the market from one of the nearby restaurants or bars that is elevated – thats where I got this picture!

The Night Market at Jemaa el Fna - Marrakech, Morocco
 

The Perfect Courtyard Pool – Ali Ben Youssef – Marrakech, Morocco

 

Photo of the Day – The Perfect Courtyard Pool – Ali Ben Youssef – Marrakech, Morocco

About a week ago I posted regarding the Courtyard Wall of Alhambra. Although I still love the Courtyard at Alhambra, it is clear where the style came from and its home is in Morocco itself. The Courtyard at Ali Ben Youssef is absolute bliss. The incredible hand carved walls, the beautiful blue and green tile work, and then simple, timeless and classic fountain pool in the middle add up to one remarkable place. Can you tell I’m in love with this place? :)

The Perfect Courtyard Pool - Ali Ben Youssef - Marrakech, Morocco
 

A Sea of Blue Fishing Boats – Essaouira, Morocco

 

Photo of the Day – A Sea of Blue Fishing Boats – Essaouira, Morocco

I consider myself well traveled and I think most others would too, but I have to say that I was fairly surprised by seeing such a castle on the Western Coast of Africa. And in fact, delighted! I just wrapped up an awesome trip to Morocco with my Mom and had a fantastic time. We explored Marrakech and its surrounding areas including today’s topic, the sea-side city of Essaouira.

When I first arrived in Essaouira via bus, it seemed quite dumpy, but I was in for a treat. As my Mom and I rounded the corner through the port area, I laid eyes on the astounding castle wall that has circled the city for over 250 years and was pleasantly surprised. With the outstanding blue and white-washed buildings, it was if I had been transported to a mediterranean village … although not far from it!

A Sea of Blue Fishing Boats - Essaouira, Morocco
 
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