What can I say about Marrakech? A place where all of your senses reel, where the sounds, scents and sights intertwine to deliver an incredible experience that you will never forget. We landed in Marrakech, Morocco late at night and took in the hustle and bustle of the city throughout the adventurous ride to the riad (a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden) we would be staying at for two nights.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted with hot mint tea served from a traditional Moroccan teapot and in locally made tea glasses. Coming from someone who doesn't consider himself a tea drinker, I'm hooked on this amazing brew and plan on making tea time a regular event at home.
Throughout our stay, we had the opportunity to sample a variety of tagines, including lamb, chicken and vegetable. All were unique and delicious, full of fresh ingredients and local seasonings.
Morocco is known for the quality of its olives, and there was no shortage of them to dine on or purchase in bulk at the souks (the covered central marketplace with a maze of shops selling everything under the sun). Yum.
Another local delicacy that the Moroccans make so well are grilled meats. Chicken and lamb pieces on skewers, cooked to tender perfection and beautifully seasoned and juicy sausages made with ground lamb.
The food was not the only highlight of our short stay in Marrakech. Bargaining with the shop owners at the souks was truly an adventure and made us feel like we were part of the hustle and bustle that permeates every corner of the city.
Honourable mention goes to the sweet orange juice (it takes only two oranges to fill up a glass!) and the thin crispy crepes that are served at breakfast. The crepes are topped with homemade jams and marmalade.
We will never forget our time spent in Marrakech. The people, the food, the mystery and of course, all of the sights: