Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Djemaa el Fna

Marrakesh's main square is called Djemaa el Fna. It really hops at night.





10 comments:

Don said...

Looks like fun, until I saw the tourists getting touted and harassed. For me, that is enough reason to go elsewhere. I suppose it would be easier just to hire one of these guys everytime one goes out just to keep the others away. How much would one of these fellows charge per hour?

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Marie said...

I'm not sure what the "keep away" charge is. I hired one in Marrakesh last time, in the early 90s, but have no memory of what I paid. There's not much hassle now aside from in the square at night - I assume because there are so many people that it's hard to get caught by the tourist police.

It's all right when you're in the right frame of mind. It can be entertaining, in fact. I wasn't really geared up for the hassle. The trip was too short. I think you need to be on a long trip where you really get into the swing of things changing around you to not mind the hassle.

And even then...

For most people, that and hotel workers and taxi drivers are as "local" as it gets, I guess.

christina said...

Hi Marie,

I'm so envious you're in Djemma el-Fna. Was there in March and would have loved to stay a month there! I stayed at Equity point hostel, its quite pleasant and one of the best hostels I stayed at.

I've been following your blog for a while. You've got some great travel writing, and nice insights. I plan on making another trip back to this region of Africa and Spain at some point and I'd like to thank you for sharing your stories. You can see my travels here if you are interested: http://christinasc.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Nice video! The music gives the scene a carnival feel.

Marie said...

Christina, I saw Equity Point Hostel and wondered what it was like beyond the big doors. Sounds pretty nice. I bet it was a lot cheaper than the tired place I stayed at too, which was right down the alley.

I did not stay in Morocco long enough either (I'm home now, just catching up on the blog). I know I wasn't there long enough because I wasn't in the swing of traveling, still taking things a bit too seriously on inconvenience front. It's a dream of mine to go from London to Cape Town by West Africa, and if I do, I'll probably breeze right through Morocco again...

Don said...

Alas, it appears that:

http://christinasc.blogspot.com

... has been removed.

Marie said...

Alas indeed.

http://christinastravelogue.blogspot.com/

christina said...

Yep - whoops, it was http://christinastravelogue.blogspot.com

not christinsc.blogspot....

christina said...

Equity Point was really nice inside. Probably the best hostel I stayed at in all the countries I visited in Africa.

pictures here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/christinasc/

Equity Point lounge is IMG_0891
Didn't get any other pictures uploaded yet but the pictures really don't it any justice.

I think the big plus was that the staff was very cordial, the place was always lively and busy and they had a wonderful roof deck. I felt so spoiled staying there. Clean, super nice bunks too.