First and foremost I’m not kidding you when I say that M found round trip tickets from Rome to Morocco for just $80 by RyanAir. It also happened to be over a 4 day weekend. This is singlehandedly the best deal I’ve come across in all my travel in Europe, and I wasn’t even the one who found it!

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Which also gave us some freedom on choosing a place to stay because we essentially paid less for a 3 hour flight then it costs to take the train from Naples to Rome and that’s only 1.5 hours away from each other!

Which is why we decided to go a bit more upscale on this trip at a place called Riad Wow.

Marrakech Morocco 2After arriving at the airport we took a taxi over to the Riad where they immediately served us some refreshments on the terrace while our room was being prepared. If there is something you cannot get enough of in Morocco, its the mint tea! The way they make it is phenomenal with fresh mint leaves and sugar cubes, and in 4 days we probably had almost 15 pots of mint tea!

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Very nice and perfect for 3 people

Marrakech Morocco 45 Marrakech Morocco 46 Marrakech Morocco 53We stayed in 2 different rooms over the 2 nights that we were there.
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Source: Megan H.

Source: Megan H.

View from the lobby, quite a lovely place. The staff is very nice, the massages are wonderful, and they are helpful with any questions you may have so I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay when visiting.

After we had our tea, a few snacks, checked into the room, and freshened up, we set off to walk to the Souq’s and do some shopping.

Marrakech Morocco 1Walking to the Souq we passed by these ruins just off one of the main squares

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A quick pic at the Mosque, looking for the Souq

Marrakech Morocco 3Just catching a quick ride on this horse and buggy.

Marrakech Morocco 4A monkey!
Marrakech Morocco 5Finally finding a start point to the souq, we walked right into the maze instantly getting lost in all of the many side streets, nothing to do now but explore to our hearts content.

Marrakech Morocco 6Inside you will find all sorts of things, whole shops dedicated to plates, shoes, silver, leather, the list goes on and on. 

Marrakech Morocco Street art is one of my favorite things! I try to pick up a piece everywhere I go. I didn’t end up with anything from Morocco because these weren’t canvas’s I could roll up and put in my bag, but its always nice to stop for a quick peak.

Marrakech Morocco 8Then there was the matter of the chickens 

Marrakech Morocco 9& eggs. Still trying to figure out which came first the chicken or the egg?

Marrakech Morocco 10Inside the maze of shops its easy to meander the alleyways stopping to look at anything that catches your eye.

Marrakech Morocco 11We met a guy in the Souq who knew a good restaurant a few streets away and led us there to have some lunch. Definitely very good and authentic Moroccan food. The fresh bread never hurts as a side.

Marrakech Morocco 12After lunch we stopped by one of the spice shops to take a look at the wares.

Marrakech Morocco 13Lamps. Aladdin’s could be located somewhere inside there.

Marrakech Morocco 14Carpets.

Marrakech Morocco 15Bags. See what I mean, shops for everything.


Marrakech Morocco 16On almost every list of things to do and see in Marrakech is Medersa Ben Youssef,  an Islamic college in Morocco. Founded in the 14th century and named after Almoravid Sultan Ali ibn Yusuf  (1106-1142) Known as one of the largest theoretical colleges in Northern Africa, the dormitories can hold up to 900 students. Closed in 1960 the school was refurbished and reopened to the public as a historical site in 1982.

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Marrakech Morocco 78Touring the area. The designs are geometric in shape and contain no humans or animals as is the Islam way.

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You can walk throughout all the rooms which are empty now

Marrakech Morocco 6 79 Marrakech Morocco 18 Marrakech Morocco 19The sun was casting the perfect shadows into the hallways, which is always what a photographer is on the look out for.

Marrakech Morocco 20Oh Romeo, WHERE ARE YOU!? haha. I’m stranded over here.

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These colors blend so well together

Marrakech Morocco 21Still here waiting..

Once we had our fun at the Madersa we found out that there was an auction going on at the tanneries for leather. Normally more well known in Fez, we’d better check it out.


Marrakech Morocco 23What I didn’t tell you is that we were headed straight to the source. They were going to show us how the leather is made.

Marrakech Morocco 25You might not know what all is in these vats and I honestly can’t tell you, but its a lot of different parts of animals. It was easy to see that leather is not an easy process.

Marrakech Morocco 26 Marrakech Morocco 27In these pools are the different dyes used to dye the leather when it is ready. Men work in these dyes in the hot sun and with quite a terrible stench to constantly move the hides around so they are dyed properly.

Marrakech Morocco 28Laying hides out to fully dry in the sun before going through the dying process.

Marrakech Morocco 30On the second story is a house of pigeons in which the poop is collected and added to the vats of liquid. The Ammonia inside pigeon poop reacts with the leather and makes it malleable so it can be shaped and fashioned into things easier.

Marrakech Morocco 32The area is packed with hides drying out in the hot sun. The stench is not for the faint of heart over here, but it makes you appreciate the finished product that much more, at least it does for me.

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Animal carcus’s

If you are buying leather items you should know what it takes to get from the animal to your hands. After we had seen how its all done, they led us across the street to a leather shop to try to sell us some wares. M got a purse and I ended up with a leather satchel, my new school bag since I’m headed back to classes in a couple of months.

At this point we considered ourselves thoroughly lost and decided it was time to find our way back to the hotel. We were exhausted from walking about in the heat and our shopping had finally come to an end.

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Marrakech Morocco 39In the great market, there are plenty of refreshments waiting to be had. 

Marrakech Morocco 40 Marrakech Morocco 42& yes, there’s a snake charmer, I wouldn’t have promised it otherwise. 🙂

Next time we’re headed on a trip into the desert to spend the night glamping in Berber tents, we’re going to get to see a few film locations from Gladiator, and we will stand at the back door to the Saharan Desert, AKA Zagora.

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