A travel day today and a place marker post only. A train from Marrakech to Casa l’Oasis near Casablanca then on to El Jadida. In what was left of the daylight hours we wandered around the old Portuguese city to get our bearings and find dinner.
The brother of Grand Visier Bou Ahmed built this home around the same time as the Bahia Palace was completed.
Our first port of call this morning was the Maison de la Photographie which holds an impressive collection of photographs of Berber culture from the 19th century onwards.
Also in the vicinity is the Ali ben Youssef Medersa. The link will take you to photographs.
Here’s a taste of the Medina walk in between those destinations and on the way back to our riad.
The incription on the door of this 14th century medersa reads “You who enter my door, may your highest hopes be exceeded”. This learning centre was once the largest Quranic school in Northern Africa. Its decorations are splendidly intricate. Medersas are distinguishable from mosques as they have bronze doors, not wooden ones.
Mustafa was our driver from Ouarzazate to Marrakech today. He took us over the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass through the High Atlas Mountains and down into the chaos that is the Medina of Marrakech.
For the price of a soft drink, an upstairs cafe was the best place to be at sunset to absorb all that was going on in Djamma el Fna Square, Marrakech. Down among the action is no place for the faint-hearted. Even the slightest raised lens from an apparent distance can lead to money changing hands. Don’t ask me how much this snake photo cost.
Once the muezzins began their calls to prayer at 7.00 pm, the street performances died down and the food stall touters ramped up their pitches. There was nothing for it but to dive right in.