We arrived to Marrakech late at night. We spent the subsequent three days wandering the Medina and Kasbah, making our way through the chaotic, and labyrinth like alleys of the city.
One of many small fountains utilizing the original waterworks in the recently restored Le Jardin Secret riad.
A warm glass of “Berber Whiskey” – mint tea – at Terrace de Epices. The drink was very good, though we found the mint tea offered far less frequently than we had been led to believe we would.
The interior alleys, removed from the main bustling streets, were very serene. If you aren’t careful, it’s very easy to get lost in the maze.
Intricate woodwork, plaster, and marble carvings of Arabesques create an archway in the Ben Youseff Madrasa (Quranic School) in Marrakech, Morocco.
More outstanding Arabesque carvings within a doorway in Ben Youseff Madrassa.
Windowed rooms overlook the interior courtyard of Ben Youseff Madrasa, covered in Arabesque carvings.
Derb Deffa ou Rbaa Street was a prominent road that primarily sold clothing. It became quite busy as the day went on.
Our riad provided a private rooftop terrace, a relaxing respite from the chaos of the streets below.
The Atlas Mountains loom in the background above the white stone coffins of the Jewish Cemetery in the Mellah District of Marrakech, Morocco.
A quick rest in a side room of La Bahia Palace within the Kasbah of Marrakech.
A kitten rests on a stone ledge in the Sultan’s residential area in the ruins of El Badii Palace.
A terrace view of the Kasbah from El Badii Palace with Moulay El Yazid mosque rising in the background.
Interior gardens within the ruins of El Badii Palace.
Storks nest atop the entry hall to the ruins of El Badii Palace.
Jemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech comes alive with vendors each day and night. Here we found a quieter corner away from the chaos.
Koutoubia mosque is an ancient mosque, that unfortunately cannot be visited by tourists. However, you can still wander around the outside.
The sun begins to go down in the Koutoubia mosque gardens.
A view of Koutoubia Mosque and its small cemetery.
A view of Koutoubia Mosque from Jemaa el-Fna square.
Intricate design and carvings make up this interior corridor at the Ensemble Artisans in Marrakech.
A ceiling lamp is suspended below intricate floral Arabesques in the Ensemble Artisans.
A traditional couscous tangine with prune-roasted lamb and vegetables.
Mid-morning in a tucked-away corner of Jemaa el-Fna square.
A vendor adjusts some of his wares in a spice souk within the Medina of Marrakech.
Early mornings are the best time to capture calm in the streets of Marrakech.
These hungry cats awaited scraps from the butcher every morning that we passed them.
Light filters through the covered streets of the Medina.
Light falls across mosaic tiles in Le Jardin Secret.
A quiet side alley off of one of the main streets within the Medina.
An archway entering the Sultan’s residential quarters in the ruins of El Badii Palace.
A lamp hangs fro the ceiling of a room in La Bahia Palace.
A wooden door is surrounded by mosaic designs and plaster designs at Ben Youseff Madrasa.
Interior room overlooking the central courtyard at Ben Youseff Madrasa.
A woman walks down the street carrying wares on her head, as we exit the narrow alley from our riad in the Medina of Marrakech.
On our final night, the moon rose above the Medina streets as the the sun set and the locals headed home or towards Jemaa el-Fna.