Saturday, February 12, 2011
Essaouira, Morocco, instantly held a special place in my heart. After navigating the souks in Marrakech and hiking the Imlil Valley, I was happy to spend some time away in the sleepy beach town. Except, Essaouira is anything but sleepy. Upon entering the town, and having a local teenager help me lug my bags to my hotel in a wheelbarrow, I was greeted by rastafarians, drums, and loud textiles. Essaouira is like a mixture of the Middle East, Africa, Jamaica, and Europe. You can't walk two feet without encountering music. The local vendors are quick to invite you in for a drum lesson or play you sounds from the Gnaoua Festival. You also cannot go two feet without seeing photographs of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, as the locals pay homage to them with a mixture of psychedelic, reggae, and African rhythms. I made sure to pick up lots of music to bring home with me.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I'd like to refer to Jardin Majorelle as one of the most relaxing placing in Marrakech, but it seems a bit silly. Every place in Marrakech is one of the most relaxing. Instead, here are some photos to remind me to make a trip back to stare at the gorgeous colors, greenery, and textiles before treating myself to a crepe and a coffee. Mmmm....