|As darkness fell and the crowds increased, the lights in the Big Square cast |
a breathtaking glow.
Our perception was that the old city of Marrakech was comprised of most of the areas we had seen. Not the case. After all, this is a city, not a tiny village.
|We enjoyed watching the evening change as the sun went down.|
|Grateful to get a table by the railing of the third floor roof of the restaurant, we were excited to watch the evening unfold.|
Most assuredly, even our short stays aren't long enough to make a full and fair assessment as to the quality of life long term in an area. But, we do get the "flavor" of the city, the town, the village, the country in order to determine if someday we'd like to return for a longer stay.
|The smoke from the various fires for cooking created a hazy view of the area.|
|This was our favorite photo of the night, clearly depicting the color, light and energy |
occurring at night in the Big Square.
|Many vendors display their wares on the ground making walking around the Big Square|
at night a bit challenging as visitors are pushed through the crowds.
|Tom, a little perplexed by the French language spicy menu, wasn't quite as animated as when there is a burger and fries on the menu. He ordered a three course meal including a salad, a steak and a chocolate mousse which was his favorite of the three.|
|The view from the rooftop of the restaurant.|
Yes, the language barrier is a struggle even with my limited French when lovely people such as Madame Zahra only speaks the Marrakech dialect Arabic for which Google translate offers no solution. Yes, for this long term stay, its not easy.
|Many of the vendors lit their displays with visually appealing lighting for the best|
advantage for their offered merchandise.
But, its from these challenges that we grow, we adapt, and in our advancing age, we learn more than we ever imagined we'd be learning at this stage in life. For us, it's a heck of a lot better than sitting in a high rise waiting to watch "The View" and "Dr. Oz" each day, as we so easily could have done had we chosen another route for our lives after retirement.
|This hotel has one of the many restaurants we will try soon.|
How ironic that the business spirit that I've always possessed has turned into a website with big advertisers without forfeiting the personal perceptive that we so willingly share each and every day.
How ironic that my disdain for taking photos up until May of 2013 when we started using the newer camera, would magically turn into a passion which both of us revel in, Tom with his great eye for good story telling shots and me, with my determination for a clear and concise angle.
Today, our photos tell more of the story of this "magic carpet-like" city as we continue to plan further explorations over the next few months which we'll joyfully share with you once they are confirmed.
|Each station had a slightly different theme but most, maintain the use of the popular |
spices savored in Morocco.
|Mostly tourists, these picnic tables were filled with a hungry captive audience. We'll stick to the restaurants which tend to use fresher refrigerated foods. In any case, it was exciting to walk through this area to see what it was all about.|