Arriving home from an incredible time in Morocco, what stuck with me the most was the charm and beauty of the people. On our Totally Morocco tour I was able to experience firsthand the diversity of this stunning country, from walking the narrow lanes that led to the busy bustling marketplaces to looking out over the sweeping plains of the vast Sahara desert. Warm and friendly, I found the Moroccan people very open to sharing their stories and, while sometimes shy at first, having their photo taken. Often referring to themselves as diverse as a Moroccan salad, which was served differently in every cafe we ordered it in, the kindness of the people only enhanced my time enjoying the sights, sounds, tastes of exotic Morocco.
Charged with the responsibility of providing security for the King and Royal family, the Moroccan Royal Guards of Rabat are the official force that are allowed to be photographed.
This friendly local herbalist was a wealth of knowledge of what herbs from his store near the Jewish quarter in Marrakech would treat our ailments.
This beautiful lady was encouraged by her friends to have her photo taken in a cafe when they saw me taking pictures nearby. Shy at first, she soon warmed to the idea and proved to be a natural subject.
Traditionally selling water to thirsty locals in the desert, water sellers are now more commonly sighted in the Djemaa Ed Fna. Known as guérrab, their distinctive red clothing and wide-brimmed Berber hats are a colourful addition to the market.
In the shade of the magnificent Ben Youssef Madrasa, this young artist skillfully demonstrated the artistry of Arabic calligraphy as he wrote my name in Arabic, one of the world’s oldest alphabets.
The storytellers of Djemaa El Fna fill the main square to entertain tourists and locals, telling their tales to the crowds into the evening.
Playing in the quiet lanes of Morocco’s capital Rabat, this boy and his friends took advantage of our group’s arrival to practice their English skills and teach us some Arabic.
Having been a guide in Morocco for the past 20 years, Hamid shared his wealth of knowledge with us as he expertly guided our group through Fes, the world’s largest active medieval city.
Visiting the world’s largest sand desert, there is no better way to trek into the Sahara for an overnight stay in the dunes than on a dromedary, also known as an Arabic camel
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