Marrakech souk

While we were in Marrakech, we went to a local souk. Souks are markets – sometimes permanent and sometimes weekly, depending on the souk. This souk wasn’t a tourist one where you could buy souvenir trinkets, but a souk that locals went to for various needs. Part of the souk is permanent and sells things like furniture. The other part of the souk was transient and reminded me of a flea market. You could buy anything including shoes, carpets, clothing… I even saw an old VCR player for sale!

Some of these photos are a little crooked because I was taking them with my camera hidden partially under a jacket draped over my arm. Taking photos in Morocco isn’t always easy as people tend to prefer not to have their photo taken, so unless we had specific permission from someone to take their photo I tended to take unobtrusive pictures instead. I could have straightened the photos on my computer, but I feel like the angles are part of my Moroccan experience and decided to leave them all in instead!

outside of the souk, by the medina walls

outside of the souk, by the medina walls

I cannot stop marvelling at the oranges in Morocco. I still dream of their sweet goodness.

orange seller

orange seller

Moroccans love sweets and pastries.

pastry seller

pastry seller

radishes and other unidentifyable vegetables

radishes and other unidentifyable vegetables

cookware shining in the sun

cookware shining in the sun

I think these were chestnuts but I can’t remember for sure.

nut seller

nut seller

permanent part of the souk

permanent part of the souk

I saw so many tagines during the trip and I dearly wanted to buy one but there was no way I would be able to haul one around for the rest of our trip and I was afraid that it wouldn’t survive a trip through the post office. They were so cheap, and they were all so very tempting.

tagines and doors

tagines and doors

The locals must have thought I was nuts for taking some of these photos. These are parts of an olive oil press. Some of the spiral posts were taller than I am!

olive oil press

olive oil press

How did people got all this stuff home? By cart or truck, if necessary.

delivery truck

delivery truck

 

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10 thoughts on “Marrakech souk

  1. I am reading Stephanie Loskowsky’s blog about her family trip around the world and her adventures here were a nightmare, but you must have had someone with you who was local. Did you The fellow who found your riad for you? Or how did you know that was for an olive press, etc… How did you know where to find the souk? According to her, no one told them anything accurate. She had quite the adventure there, for sure! Your photos are OUTSTANDING. The one with the man and the cart of vegetables I would have printed and framed. It is brilliant. What a fabulous experience you have had. Incredible! She complained profusely about the food. They even got food poisoning – yet, I know you glow whenever you speak of the food there. How can two people have such incredibly different experiences, I wonder. :)
    Valerie

    • For this day our tour organizer Mark from Mad About Morocco took us around and answered all my nosy questions. We did go to the more touristy souk on another day (will be in another post) and for that one we had an official local guide that Mark hired on our behalf.

      These photos were all taken from my little point and shoot. Most of the ones with people in them were taken from underneath my jacket. My SLR photos are great but I found that I couldn’t take that many photos with it due to people being uncomfortable with the large camera.

      And I did get food poisoning once towards the end of our stay in Morocco, but that was from an expensive restaurant. :(

  2. oh my gosh, you are too funny with your sneaky photo taking, girl! sometimes i feel i have to do that too in really crowded restaurants. for having to hide your camera and take them under your jacket, i’d say those were really great shots. i’ve never been to Morocco before, so thank you for sharing these awesome pictures with us. i appreciate all your efforts ;-)
    sorry to hear about the food poisoning incident :( that’s the part about traveling that i’m so afraid of cause i love trying different foods but am so paranoid of the cleanliness.

    • I had the same problem in Asia. Street food in Malaysia? No problem! Expensive restaurant in Hong Kong? Instant food poisoning. I think the obvious solution is not to go to fancy restaurants unless I’ve personally researched them first!

      I’ve gotten more comfortable with restaurant photos but I tend to only use my point and shoot for those so that I can hide the camera if necessary. :)

  3. Y’know, it’s funny – that *exact* same thing happened to me – ate street food in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan etc. till it was coming out of my ears, but the minute we ate at a “proper” meal somewhere?? Instant food poisoning!! Something is definitely up with that… :)

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