On our third day in Marrakesh, we booked in for a walking tour of the Medina and the Souks (the old city and the markets).
The tour started with a walk through what may have been the Royal Botanical Gardens. Off in the distance, was our first view of the Minaret of Marrkesh which is the tallest building in the city at 71 feet tall and, by Islamic and Royal decrees, no building in the city is allowed to be taller.
It’s also where the call to prayer is broadcast from five times a day.
Our tour guide, Najib (in the brown coat and multi-coloured hat).
He had one of the best voices I’ve ever heard (best in the sense that it was unique and full of character) and mixed genuinely interesting bits of information with a vast array of (slight outdated and sometimes misappropriated) Western pop-culture references.
Storks nesting on top of a communications tower.
These guys are traditional water men of Morocco, they would carry skins filled with water around the city and provide refreshment to those who might not be able to get to the river or the fountains for a drink.
Now days they’re just a tourist thing, they still carry their water skins and you can drink from them (though obviously, if you’re a tourist, it’s wiser to just carry your own bottle of water with you) for 1 Euro. The same charge applies if you want to take a photo with them.
A closer shot of the Minaret.
Najib was quite proud when he said Marrakesh has a strong recycling ethic - “Nothing goes to waste!”.
Apparently everything in this stall is made from recycled car tyres.
A Riad. Advertising “Epic mojitos all day”.
I like this place already.