Marrakesh: Moments to remember
Marrakesh was one of the most unique places I traveled to. First off, everything you see is very distinctive so it’s not difficult to tell that you're in Morocco. The red clay colored walls engulfs you as you navigate through the city. Rugs, silver lamps, and pashmina populate the streets which adds even more color to Morocco's palette.
The people were extremely friendly. Although you need to watch out for those who try to find ways to ask for money, they still approach you in a friendly way. We were obviously tourists and I can't tell you how many times we were called Japanese. I noticed a lot of people would try to get to know you as a person before selling anything. They'd ask for your name and where you came from but always wished you safe travels in Morocco.
My favorite visit was Palace Bahia located in the heart of Marrakesh. It was a unique experience because its SO different from the city. The palace was so peaceful and every courtyard you enter, is completely different from each other. It is a detailed-obsessed photographer's haven. Entrance was only 5 Dirams so definitely worth every penny
In Marrakesh, there are plenty of tourist excursions and I would highly recommend anyone who travel here to look into them. Mainly because there is only 'so-much' you can see in Marrakesh and so much MORE to see out of the city. We traveled to the Atlas Mountains and trekked up the mountains of snow.
We sat down with a local Berber villager and her grand daughter after hiking through the mountains. The Berbers are indigenous to North Africa. Even with a language barrier, we shared peanuts, tea, and each other's comfort. There are moments when you can not think of a more raw and serene moment.
Along with the tour, we were able to ride on dromedaries (one-humped camels). Mine definitely had a slight temper and at one point, Kara's started to eat on my seat cover...
Our tight schedule forced us to do everything we could fit in two days. These two days will be remembered as the days where we climbed the atlas mountains, rode on one-humped camels, haggled like it was theatrical, and travled to Morocco.
Marrakesh is such a beautiful city and there is so much to see. Most who visit will spend 1-3 weeks here so make the time to stay longer if you have the chance.
Also, be sure to bring your bargaining game if you want to get a good steal of scarves or Berber ponchos!