I was only in Morocco for a quick day tour. My friends and I paid for a private tour to see the highlights. When it was time to leave to catch the early ferry back to Spain, we decided that we wanted to stick around until the later ferry because we just weren’t done yet. So the day went on, and we continued exploring the beautiful creations made locally in the market place.
I have visited markets in different countries and they seem to be a dying art. There was a time when people went everyday to buy fresh food to cook for dinner, these days it seems to be grocery stores and how much can we fit into our freezer. In the states, most markets I have been to have been farmer’s markets that are held once a month or once a week. I love the concept of buying fresh fish, veggies and bread everyday! The food market we visited in Morocco was a wonder of smells and full of people. We walked in through the fish market, made our way through the meats, vegetables, spices and dried foods and onto other sorts of goodies. We spent no where near long enough for me to get many pictures, but I captured what I could as I walked through, almost all the people stopped to smile (even though I didn’t take many images of them!) It would have been fun to stop and purchase something sweet to eat as well, but our guide, who probably didn’t get a commission from the market, was not a fan of the idea.
Rugs and other handmade goods
I have no doubt our tour guide told the salesman that we weren’t the buying type, because there was no hassling, but we did get a full explanation and the opportunity to view many of the beautiful rugs that were for sale. One of the shops we went into had a beautiful older woman working away on a handmade rug. These markets were several stories tall, full of hand made crafts, ceramics, wooded chests, mirrors, clothing, jewelry and of course rugs! These were amazing treasures, although we didn’t buy much, we did enjoy looking. One shop owner even allowed us up to his roof where they lay out the carpets in the sun for drying.
Morocco is well known for mint tea. Evidently it is rude to turn down an offer. Since we had plenty of time to kill at the end of our tour and shopping adventures, our tour guide took us to the famous Hotel Continental. We sat on the balcony overlooking the port and enjoyed a refreshing glass of mint tea. This is where we met Jimmi, a businessman at Hotel Continental. Jimmy is a lovely man who took us on a tour of his gift shop and shared a few good stories of the famous people he has met over time. He is a humble and jolly man who my friends and I bonded with quickly in the short time we had. He was ever so kind and gave to myself and my friend Kim necklace’s as gifts. A necklace I will always treasure and repeat the story of where it came from for hopefully a long time.