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These photographs give an overview of Morocco: its culture, its attractions, its people and what makes it such a unique place to visit.The color of Morocco is what makes it such an attractive destination for tourists, and hence for travel sections in newspapers and magazines.
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1. Hiking in the mountains. Hiking in the High Atlas Mountains near Imlil is a great way to explore Morocco and learn about the traditional Berber lifestyle. This morning it was made more interesting when we awoke to an overnight snowfall.
2. Palm tree against ochre wall. Palm trees are a common sight in Morocco. This one is Rabat outside the Oudaya wall.
3. Souvenir seller in hooded djelleba. This hooded souvenir seller in Morocco's Dades Gorge, had placed a piece of cloth on the dirt at a lookout where cars regularly stop. On it he had placed some necklaces and other trinkets made from silver.
4. Moroccan in the desert dunes. Wearing a scarf and djellaba provides protection from the sand and warmth in the early morning while at Erg Chebbi in Morocco. These dunes are the western edge of the Sahara Desert.
5. Rippled desert sand dunes. At the western edge of the Sahara Desert is Erg Chigaga in Morocco.
6. Morning Glory flowers. This Morning Glory plant is climbing up between the stone pieces of the Chellah ruins in Rabat, Morocco.
7. Blue alley and door. This dead-end alley is in the small, blue town of Chefchaouen in northern Morocco. The presence of the door at the end of the alley indicates that it is a dead end. Chefchaouen is located on a hillside of the Rif Mountains.
8. Essaouira from Skala du Port. Through a hole in the thick skala wall, Essaouira's walled medina can be seen amid the flocks of sea gulls. Essaouira is a very relaxed, seaside town in Morocco, whose small medina is filled with white houses trimmed in royal blue.
9. Freshly grilled fish. One of the attractions in Essaouira, Morocco is the fresh fish stalls where you get a tray select from the vast array of fresh seafood, then it is grilled for you immediately and served at outdoor tables with Moroccan salad and bread.
10. An old stone granary. Built in the late 1600s by slaves when Moulay Ismail ruled northern Morocco, today the walls and arches of the granary are slowly crumbling. the roof is already gone. So vast and well-designed was the granary that it stored enough grain to feed 12000 horse while also having the space to stable them.
11. Souvenirs for sale in Morocco. A hooded souvenir seller in Morocco's Dades Gorge, had placed a piece of cloth on the dirt at a lookout where cars regularly stop. On it he had placed some necklaces and other trinkets made from silver. Some of these are shown here.
12. Red goat skin lamp. Traditional Moroccan lamps have been made out of goat skin on a metal frame, with hand-painted designs added to the surface.
13. Fes medina alley. The Fes medina has changed in little in hundreds of years. The narrow alleys are home to many traditional houses and lots of tiny shops that sell a vast range of goods.
14. Marrakesh water carrier. These water carriers clad in red with large hats and a goat skin over their shoulder are a feature of the main square in Marrakesh. For a small fee you can get a drink of water in one of their metal cups or alternatively take a photograph.
15. Barley heads blowing in the wind. These grain heads were blowing in the wind beside a road I was walking along near Taza in northern Morocco.
16. Spice cones. Spices are everywhere in Morocco. Here in the medina in Marrakesh, as in others places in the country, the spices are piled high to form pointed cones.
17. Telouet village from the Glaoui kasbah, Morocco. In Morocco's High Atlas Mountains is the small village of Telouet. Overlooking it is the slowly decaying ruins of the once grand, Glaoui kasbah. Sometimes the Glaoui brothers who built it are referred to as the Lords of the Atlas.
18. Striped hand-woven textiles. This selection of brightly coloured, hand-woven fabric was for sale in the Essaouira medina in Morocco. These textiles, in part made from a fibre produced from the agave cactus, may be used as bedspreads, bedcovers or throws.
19. Fes leather tanneries, Morocco. Fes is renowned for its leather tanneries where goat and sheep skins are processed in open pits with pigeon excrement and cow urine. No wonder the pungent smell warms of an imminent arrival to the tanneries.
20. Berber houses in the Atlas mountains. Traditional Berber villages, such as Tingherine shown here,consist of earthen houses built up the sides of Morocco's High Atlas Mountains.
21. Green and white door of a marabout tomb. In northern Morocco where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, Tangier is a melting pot of cultures due to the historic presence of many civilisations and its proximity today to Spain. Here is the door to a marabout's tomb in Tangier.
22. A sitting man repairing fishing nets. Essaouira is a small coastal town in Morocco. Inside the medina surrounded by fortified walls are a series of narrow streets flanked by white buildings with sapphire blue trim and lots of small shops selling all types of goods. On its edge is a still active port where fishing boats are moored, and nets are piled on the wharves.
23. Circular mosque minaret. This minaret in Moulay Idriss is the only circular mosque minaret in Morocco. Moulay Idriss is a holy town to which many people come on pilgrimage. It is only int he last couple of years that foreigners have been able to stay overnight there.
24. Footprints on desert sand ripples. In southern Morocco is the western edge of the Sahara Desert. Here at Erg Chigaga, wind creates natural sand ripples, where occasional wild creatures venture.
25. Basket seller in Marrakesh. One of the big attractions of Marrakesh, Morocco is the Djemaa el-Fna or main square where this woman was trying to sell her baskets.
26. Chefchaouen alley with hooded shopkeeper. On the side of the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco is the small town of Chefchaouen, where narrow alleyways and sets of steps meander through the houses painted in shades of blue. Here a shopkeeper stands outside his shop in one of these alleys.
27. Roman mosaic on one of the Labors of Hercules. The ruins at the World Heritage listed site of Volubilis are evidence of the Roman occupation of Morocco until the late 4th century. Today there are fading mosaics, walls, arches and columns of what was once a large city.
28. Handle and detail of a traditional metal door. Located on the highest point in Morocco's capital, Rabat,Hassan Tower is all that remains of a mosque being built in late 1100s with the Mausoleum Mohammed V being begun in 1961. The latter provides an opportunity to see exquisite craftsmanship in stucco, zellij and painted cedar wood.This shows details of a mausoleum door.
29. Desert sand dunes. At the eastern edge of the Sahara desert is Erg Chigaga in southern Morocco. Requiring 4 WD to get in, the dunes are best seen at sunrise or sunset.
30. Wild lavender and yellow daisies. Visiting the edge of Tazzeka National Park near Taza in northern Morocco in May, the wildflowers were blooming profusely and included hillsides of lavender, red poppies, yellow daisies and many more.
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