djemaa el fna square

January 25, 2010

you can’t go to marrakech without finding yourself in djemaa el fna square… even when you aren’t looking for it, people will walk past you, point and tell you how to get there (almost as if you have wandered out of the tourist parameters and must be corralled back to the designated places).

having that said, it’s a must see.  it’s where you find snake charmers, fresh-squeezed orange juice stands, henna tattoo artists, storytellers, music circles, dried fruit and nut stands, monkey walkers, cross dressing belly dancers and people with chickens on their head.  then add, on top of all of that, the food carts that roll in around five o’clock every day and set up shop, calling out in four different languages to every passerby that their cart (insert number) is the best!
and there you have it.

i would definitely recommend trying one of the food stalls, and even more than that, getting an afternoon mint tea at café argana, where you can sit on the terrace and overlook all of the carts roll in and set up.

our last night in marrakech we found ourselves once again in ‘the big square’ walking around and taking it all in one last time.  we noticed a large group of locals standing around in a circle which immediately piqued our interest.  it was only a matter of thirty seconds or so before we were dragged into the middle and given front row seats to a music circle.  at first we had no idea what was going on, but we deduced that the band refused to play until they got enough tips.  here is what our money bought us:

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