Noisy, bustling, colourful, spicy, cultural – a beauty within a hectic design draws people into the magic of Marrakesh. Not the largest of Morocco’s cities (Casablanca, Fes and Rabat precede it in size) yet possibly the most recognized. The souks (covered markets) alone come to mind when I think of this captivating city. The maze of stalls filled with tasty foods, exquisite fabrics, colourful glassware, and enticing spices all the while honing haggling skills can make one’s head spin, I imagine. Add ancient city walls, stately mosques, numerous palaces and beautiful gardens, one can see why travelers flock there. Even French fashion designer Yves St Laurent owned a home here. In 2008, his ashes were scattered in Majorelle Gardens after his death.
I expect I will be wowed and overwhelmed by this incredible city when I finally visit.
Photo credit: Flickr – Ivan Serra