Marrakesh & Tangier, Morocco

I have always had an interest in the Moroccan culture and in 2007 I finally had a chance to explore Northern Africa. I first arrived in Marrakesh on a flight from Venice during late August. I was met at the airport by a driver from the Riad Djemmana who thankfully drove us to the Medina and carefully directed us to the Riad. The Riad Djemmana was absolutely fantastic and I recommend it to anyone who wants to experience staying inside the Medina.  They provide beautifully decorated and air conditioned rooms, high speed wireless internet, delicious Moroccan meals and friendly staff. While in Marrakesh, I enjoyed a hammam bath, toured the El Badi Palace, explored the Jemaa El Fna Square, bought a Berber Kilim rug and had the most memorable dinner at the Comptoir Darna.

My next destination Tangier was a long but relatively pleasant twelve hour train ride from Marrakesh. Tangier is located near the Straight of Gibraltar and is also the entrance to Europe via Malaga, Spain. I stayed with two friends who where locals in Morocco and they invited me to join them at a relatives wedding during my stay with them.  With no hesitation, I agreed to join the celebration and with approval from the family I also had a chance to photograph a berberiska henna ceremony and the wedding the following day!  I am forever grateful to my friends for their kindness, generosity, and wonderful family.  Check out some of the photos from the trip.

Location:  Marrakesh and Tangier, Morroco – August 2007