vendredi 13 juin 2014

Flat Stanley in Morocco !

So Pennsylvanian Flat Stanley followed us on holiday to Morocco (Marrakesh and Essaouira on the coast), here are the wonderful things he saw:

Flat Stanley de Pennsylvanie nous a suivis en vacances au Maroc ( Marrakech et Essaouira sur la cote), voici ce qu'il a vu:

Gatwick Airport - London UK

In a countryside little town.

Orange and olive trees.

with small frogs

Marrakesh Palm grove

La Koutoubia (The minaret, 77 metres (253 ft) in height, includes a spire and orbs. It was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184 to 1199), and has inspired other buildings such as the Giralda of Seville)

Boiling water for tea on a traditional clay barbecue

Traditional Moroccan mint tea

An ordinary busy street in Marrakesh.

The Majorelle Garden, a twelve-acre botanical garden and artist's landscape garden in Marrakech, Morocco. It was designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s, during the colonial period when Morocco was a protectorate of France.

A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, "ryad".

The "souk" of Marrakesh. A souk or souq is an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter in Middle Eastern and North African cities.The equivalent Persian term is "bazaar".

Morocco is well-known for leather crafts, called "maroquinerie" in French.

Dried dates, apricots and others fruit, as well as all kind of nuts.

The Menara gardens are gardens located to the west of Marrakech, Morocco, at the gates of the Atlas mountains. They were built in the 12th century (c. 1130) by the Almohad ruler Abd al-Mu'min.

Streets in the "medina" (old city).

Traditional Berber jewellery, the Berbers are the ethnicity indigenous to North Africa west of the Nile Valley.

Another riad.

Jamaa el fna is a square and market place in Marrakesh's medina quarter (old city). It remains the main square of Marrakesh, used by locals and tourists.

At night, Jamaa el fna the square fills with dozens of food-stalls as the number of people on the square peaks.
On the road to Essaouira, on the Atlantic coast, Flat Stanley saw goats on the trees!! These are argan trees, which are endemic to the region. Their fruit (almond-like nut) is used to produce oil, used for cooking as well as cosmetics. Argan or "Moroccan" oil is becoming very well-known and popular in Europe.

Essaouira, is a touristic and fishing port located on the Atlantic coast, on the other side of the ocean is Florida :)

Men fixing fishing nets.

Did you notice the traditional Moroccan outfit called the Djellaba? It is worn by men and women alike.

Morocco is also very well-known for the traditional colourful Berber rugs.

and the traditioanl leather "Babouches"slippers.

In Essouira, you buy your fish fresh, and the restaurant cook it for you! Yummy!

Flat Stanley in his own sand castle!

On the road back to Marrakesh.

A mosque minaret (tower), Islam is the main religion of Morocco, but you can also find synagogues ans churches, all 3 religions live peacefully together there.

In a traditional Moroccan living-room.

And before living, Flat Stanley made a new friend, a big fat grass-hopper that Malik called "Maurice"!

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