Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Marrakech in March 7: Eating out. (not for the squeamish)

These little pastries and sweets are nothing to do with the general thrust of this post but they are so pretty aren't they?

In the evenings we ventured into Djemaa el Fnaa, the central square of the old town.

Water sellers approach to pose,

The noise is cacophanous. There are stalls selling everything from Henna tattoos to false teeth.

Snake charmers, belly dancers, and fortune tellers all vie for attention.

But beware, they can spot a camera at a thousand paces, and every photo has to be paid for.

Dozens of stalls squeeze oranges and sell juice. Dozens of others are piled with dates nuts apricots and figs.

Rows of tables covered in white cloths wait for customers from the food stalls, all shouting words of encouragement to attract diners to try snail soup, meat on skewers and lentil stew.
'Come on ladies, we are air conditioned'
I ask if these are sheeps heads.
The reply
'Yes madame..and sheep bollock, very good'
We decline their offers and move into the souks and on to our meal in the Riyad Monceau,

which is the ultimate in luxury, having a golden hand basin.

No water comes out of the tap..and the food is bland...but its sooooooo stylish.
Its Morrocco.



Sounds like you are having/had a fabulous time - thanks for sharing all these fab photos and experiences
Carolyn :o)

'fancypicnic' said...

Ooh, experience the gold...!

Love these photos of yours, Jackie. Absolutely wonderful.

Cathy said...

so beautiful- except for the sheep heads and bollocks? yuck. I could eat with that view every day of my life.

Genie said...

Thanks for sharing lovely pics of your holiday, looks like you had a wonderful time

Julie said...

I think I'll pass on the sheep's head! :o) Never did fancy bollocks for breakfast lol You are certainly bringing us the full flavour of your wonderful holiday.

Maureen said...

Very interesting, glad you declined the sheeps ......... , lovely photos tho' you obviously had a good time.

Kitty said...

These photos are all so wonderful - the colours are amazing. Thanks for sharing. x

Anonymous said...

Amazing Photos you are very very good photographer .

Sheep Bollocks ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!
Don'T blame you for giving it a miss.

Gold sink is so bling shame no water .
The markets look fabulous .I bet you spent a small fortune .

So much detail every where .A trip of a life time .
love from sesga xx

Menopausal musing said...

Ooooooh! Lovely. More tomorrow? Please?. . . . Incidentally, we never found the exciting foods we were expecting either, but what a place, scary, exciting, magical, all the senses awakened. Your blog has brought it all back. Thank you.

Gunnels blog said...

Wow, so much lovely pictures in these last blogposts! You seems like having a wonderful vacction! With all these lovely pictures and memories, I know you are doing great artworks !!

maggik1 said...

Oh, thanks, Jackie - it's just like having the holiday all over again! You've got some great photos. I may never get around to blogging about it now - you've just about covered everything? I suppose I 've got some pictures of cats ... Margaret

Heather said...

Shame on you for not trying the sheep bollock - when in Rome ....!! Actually I think I would have passed on that one. What a fascinating trip you are having, even if your evening meal was mediocre. Wonderful photos.

Anonymous said...

You dont know what you missed - chewy on the outside with a soft, creamy centre. YUM! ;)

Victoria said...

Amazing, like a whole other world!

Irini said...

Lovely pics! The water sellers seem to be all over Maroc and haven't changed in forever (or at least since I was there in 1974!) Your trip log makes me want to return and explore further (I didn't get to Marrakech but they were identical in Tetouan, Rabat, Tangier, Agadir and Casa)!

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