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Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Africa, Morocco, Top 5 Favourites, Travel Info

Top 5 Favourites: Morocco Edition

I was in Morocco for 2 months. I was working during my time. I was able to take the slow approach to learning about the people and the culture of Morocco. When I came to Morocco, I only had a vague idea of what was drawing me to this country, begging for me to experience it. After the 2 months time, I’ve been able to make a sound judgement, on what exactly it is I love about this country. Here are my top 5 favourites: Morocco edition.

Moroccan Patterns and Architecture

Morocco is colourful. Morocco is beautiful. I’ve written an entire post dedicated to Moroccan Patterns and Architecture, so you know that I love it. I saw the photos before, but now I finally understand all the details. The Arabic calligraphy and the zilj tile work, the horseshoe arches and the open-air gardens in the centre of houses. All of this put together constantly pleases my brain and fills it with colours, images, shapes, and imagination.

Moroccan Hand Shake

I don’t have a corresponding photo…this ones pretty though

This may sound like a strange one. But its because you don’t know what it is. The Moroccans are kind people. I’ve learned this. But this kindness is shown in so many ways. One of them is through their hand shake. Each time they shake your hand, they place their hand on their heart afterwards as a sign of respect and affection towards the person they are meeting. Each day, I would shake hands with the staff on Peacock Pavilions and this special touch was added. I find this endlessly kind, saying I trust you, with each hand shake. Its reaffirming to meet a people so committed to those around them.

The Medina’s

The Medina’s are the old cities. They are walled cities that are 1000 years old. Winding streets,  thin alleyways, all make up the labyrinth that is the Medina. If you have the time, the best thing to do is to simply get lost. Walk down any alley that draws you and see where you end up. Most people do not get off the main routes to the major sights, but simply wandering shows you so much more of the lifestyle, and you gain a great appreciation for all the inhabitants who know this maze and call it home.

The Colourful Doors

Moroccan doors are a grand affair. Some are small, some are wide, most are blue, and some are imposing! While in Essaouira after exploring the day I went on a door search. I challenged myself to take a photo of every pretty door I found. And there were a LOT. But the doors are so enticing, they are begging to be entered. And with each  bringing its own attitude and singularity to the table- you can’t help but wonder what’s on the other side.

Moroccan Mint Tea

It is a testament to the kind-heartedness of the Moroccan people that they share Mint Tea with you at each interaction with them. They welcome you into their homes, and want to discuss life and philosophies. The Mint tea is poured from up high to mix it just right and into painted glasses below. The pots are carved silver and the mint leaves are fresh. Moroccan tea will be missed, although I can make it at home, it won’t have the same sentiment attached to it as it does being offered from a local.

 

 Whats your Favourite Part about Morocco?