I’ve always been the type of person who isn’t a fan of following the crowd. For example, right now everyone is flying over to Dubai because it’s trending. I’m not knocking the experience but I personally don’t want to run into my friends or family from back home in another country. I mean a part of going on vacation is to leave some things behind right?No shade. Okay, maybe just a sprinkle of shade.
I decided to explore a different part of the world. I traveled to the beautiful country of Morocco. Here are a few places I think you should visit and some things you need to know in case you decide to go.
Take the local train
My first stop in Morocco was to the beautiful city of Casablanca. We took a local train from Marrakech to Casablanca. It was approximately a three-hour ride. If you do decide to take the train be sure to pack some snacks. Make sure you pack enough to share with the people in your cart. It is considered rude to have food and not offer to those around you.
Visit the Hassan II Mosque
In Casablanca, I visited the Hassan II Mosque. It is the largest mosque in Morocco and amongst the 13th largest in the world.Outside of the mosque, a lot of locals gathered to spend time with their families. Vendors nearby sold sweets and treats to people passing.
Spend a few days in Marrakech
Casablanca was cool but it was nothing in comparison to Marrakech. Marrakech is like the heart of Morocco.In Marrakech, there was so much to see and do.
The Medina of Marrakech is a huge outside market with tons of vendors and talent. I visited the medina twice. The first time I went with an actual tour guide which I highly recommend. The tour guide introduced us to a lot of his local family and friends as we navigated our way through. This was extremely helpful the second time I went to the medina by myself because I got lost. One of the tour guide’s cousin recognized me from the day before and asked if I knew how to get out. I was embarrassed but grateful that he was able to come to my aid and show me the way. Do not explore the medina alone.
In the medina, you will find fresh bread, tons of spices, delicious olives, handcrafted pieces, entertainment, and plenty of argan oil.
People also live in the medina so watch out for cars and bikes. Don’t be startled if you find children playing in the streets as you pass by.Be sure to take change while in the medina. Remember that everyone in the market is trying to come up.If you take a photograph of an entertainer or ask for directions to the restroom just be prepared to give a tip.Almost everyone wants a Moroccan dirham.
Visit The Jardin Majorelle Garden
It is home to a variety of rare cactus plants, the Berber museum, and the art exhibit of the world renown Yves Saint Laurent.
It is said that the ashes of the late Yves Saint Laurent cover the grounds. They spread his ashes amongst the garden because it was one of his favorite places to visit for inspiration. The scenery of the sacred garden was indeed a sight to behold.
Dress like a modest woman
Morocco isn’t the type of place where you want to let it all hang out. The vast majority of the country is Muslim. A lot of the women cover their heads, arms, and legs. It is not necessary to cover your face when visiting Morocco but you should cover your legs and arms…unless you want to receive massive stares.
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