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Marrakech-Vibrant city is best choice to experience Morocco

Ben-Youssef Mosque; Marrakech was founded in 1092; the old city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ben-Youssef Mosque; Marrakech was founded in 1092; the old city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Majorelle Gardens provided an oasis of shade; open since 1947, they also house a Museum of Islamic Art

Majorelle Gardens provided an oasis of shade; open since 1947, they also house a Museum of Islamic Art

Marrakech is the 4th largest city in Morocco and one of the 4 imperial cities of Morocco as well

Marrakech is the 4th largest city in Morocco and one of the 4 imperial cities of Morocco as well

Farewell group dinner at Jemaa el-Fnaa, the world-famous square that is the heart of the city

Farewell group dinner at Jemaa el-Fnaa, the world-famous square that is the heart of the city

The minaret from the Koutoubia Mosque (1199) went on to inspire the Giralda in Seville

The minaret from the Koutoubia Mosque (1199) went on to inspire the Giralda in Seville

Marrakech seemed like a very Western city and even has a female mayor; at times though you were reminded that this is still Africa

Marrakech seemed like a very Western city and even has a female mayor; at times though you were reminded that this is still Africa

12th century Bab Agnaou gate is one of 20 entrances to the old town; the ramparts of the city have a length of almost 20 miles

12th century Bab Agnaou gate is one of 20 entrances to the old town; the ramparts of the city have a length of almost 20 miles

The Berber pharmacies had treatments for everything as well as every spice imaginable; we sat through a presentation since Linda wanted to buy spices to take home

The Berber pharmacies had treatments for everything as well as every spice imaginable; we sat through a presentation since Linda wanted to buy spices to take home

The Room of the 12 Columns at the Saadian Tombs; the monuments are made of Carrara marble

The Room of the 12 Columns at the Saadian Tombs; the monuments are made of Carrara marble

Ceiling in 19th century Bahia Palace; palace was built by the Grand Vizier of Marrakech for his 4 wives and 24 concubines plus all the kids

Ceiling in 19th century Bahia Palace; palace was built by the Grand Vizier of Marrakech for his 4 wives and 24 concubines plus all the kids

The El Badi Palace was built around 1600 and is a larger version of the Alhambra's Court of the Lions

The El Badi Palace was built around 1600 and is a larger version of the Alhambra's Court of the Lions

Saadian Tombs; the tourist sights in Marrakech are very spread out; since cars are prohibited from much of the old town it means you do a lot of walking

Saadian Tombs; the tourist sights in Marrakech are very spread out; since cars are prohibited from much of the old town it means you do a lot of walking

In 2011 a bomb attack in Jemaa el-Fnaa square killed 15 people, mainly foreigners; the attack was attributed to al-Qaeda

In 2011 a bomb attack in Jemaa el-Fnaa square killed 15 people, mainly foreigners; the attack was attributed to al-Qaeda

Linda wanted her photo taken with one of the Barbary macaques in the main square; there are no set prices and the money she gave the macaques owner was considered inadequate and he gave us some words

Linda wanted her photo taken with one of the Barbary macaques in the main square; there are no set prices and the money she gave the macaques owner was considered inadequate and he gave us some words

Ben-Youssef Mosque; I think I was most impressed by the ceilings in Moroccan landmarks; always detailed craftsmanship and beautiful

Ben-Youssef Mosque; I think I was most impressed by the ceilings in Moroccan landmarks; always detailed craftsmanship and beautiful

12th century Ben Youssef Mosque is the oldest in Marrakech; today it is only half the size of the original

12th century Ben Youssef Mosque is the oldest in Marrakech; today it is only half the size of the original

The reigning Moroccan monarch Mohammed VI is very pro-tourist and wants to draw 20 million tourists per year to Morocco by 2020

The reigning Moroccan monarch Mohammed VI is very pro-tourist and wants to draw 20 million tourists per year to Morocco by 2020

Men were constantly trying to give us directions and take us places; the directions were often wrong since they were trying to get us to shops where they would get a commission if we bought anything

Men were constantly trying to give us directions and take us places; the directions were often wrong since they were trying to get us to shops where they would get a commission if we bought anything

The Majorelle Garden was bought and restored by Yves St Laurent

The Majorelle Garden was bought and restored by Yves St Laurent

Ceiling in Bahia Palace; hundreds of craftsmen were brought in from Fes to work on the tile, stucco and wood

Ceiling in Bahia Palace; hundreds of craftsmen were brought in from Fes to work on the tile, stucco and wood

Bahia Palace; when completed it was considered the finest in Morocco; there are certain colors you would always see in Islamic tilework

Bahia Palace; when completed it was considered the finest in Morocco; there are certain colors you would always see in Islamic tilework

The El Badi Palace is now mainly ruins except for the outer walls but you do get a sense of the enormity of the palace

The El Badi Palace is now mainly ruins except for the outer walls but you do get a sense of the enormity of the palace

The Saadian tombs were built in the 16th century; they were lost for many years until the French rediscovered them in 1917 using aerial photography

The Saadian tombs were built in the 16th century; they were lost for many years until the French rediscovered them in 1917 using aerial photography

Bahia Palace ceiling; Marrakech is the French spelling but in English the city is usually Marrakesh

Bahia Palace ceiling; Marrakech is the French spelling but in English the city is usually Marrakesh

Rooms in the Bahia Palace often had double doorways to protect occupants from being seen from the outside

Rooms in the Bahia Palace often had double doorways to protect occupants from being seen from the outside

Ornate Bahia Palace was setting for several scenes from Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much

Ornate Bahia Palace was setting for several scenes from Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much

Bahia Palace is set on 2 acres of gardens with many of the rooms opening onto large courtyards

Bahia Palace is set on 2 acres of gardens with many of the rooms opening onto large courtyards

Bahia Palace; so many unique ceiling designs here; did the wives each pick out the ceilings they wanted?

Bahia Palace; so many unique ceiling designs here; did the wives each pick out the ceilings they wanted?

Bahia Palace ceiling; Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco

Bahia Palace ceiling; Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco

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