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morocco: marrakesh

The old medina of Marrakesh stretches the concept of a city to its very limit with a labyrinthine density of alleyways and souks, donkeys and scooters, veiled women and hagglers. Not surprisingly, the French colonizers opted to lay out their own city next to it (the ville nouvelle), providing a strange contrast of boulevards and villas.

In the medina, all roads eventually lead to the Djemaa el Fna, the vast square where snake charmers, musicians and storytellers perform until the sun sets and the whole square turns into an open-air eating place.

Marrakesh medina - 1

Marrakesh medina - 2

Marrakesh Djemaa el Fna - 1

Marrakesh Djemaa el Fna - 2

See also these high-res photos of the Djemaa el Fna at night.

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