Marrakech, Morocco 2012

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The Moroccans love green tea with mint. They welcome all guests with a warm smile and Moroccan tea.

Mint tea isn’t just a drink in Morocco. It is a sign of hospitality, friendship, and tradition. Since this drink is so popular, it is served all day long, after every meal, and with every conversation. Moroccans take great pride in their tea and will often ask a visitor who among their group of friends makes the best cup of mint tea. And a minimum of two to three cups needs to be drunk so as not to offend the host.

Australian Women’s Weekly, (March 2008)

That`s how we have been welcomed by the owner of Riad Maipa we stayed in. Riad Maip is located about 200m from Jemaa el-Fnaa square which is considered as the busiest square in Africa.

( Riad is traditional Moroccan house  with an interior garden or courtyard full of flowers and birds. The place gives you peace and quiet escape from noisy,crowded streets full of people offering their products: shoes, hand-made pottery, jewelry .. all at economical price 🙂 )

Lovely , relaxing time was interrupted only 5 times a day….with loud prayers coming from 4 nearby mosques.

Most of the tourist must be really fed up with this ritual as the owner of the riad turn up the volume of the radio when the first sentence of the prayer started and was surprised when we sad we do want to hear the prayers.

Interior garden of Riad Maipa

101_2253The Souks, Medina. If you don`t like haggle over the price you are lost:) Luckily my husband was born with this very useful skill:)


Medersa Ben Youssef – Islamic College in Marrakesh


Jemaa el-Fnaa square – daytime


Jemaa el-Fnaa square – evening


Owner of a shop and his client


Of course you can have a picture … But first negotiate the price!


One of many “friends” at Jemaa el-Fnaa square


Botanic Garden Majorelle Garden in Marrakech


Women at Jemaa el-Fnaa square offering Henna body art


El Badi Palace

LINKS: – Riad Maipa Marrakech – Medersa Ben Youssef – Morocco Tour Operator & Guide based in M’Hamid – Morroco Travel Guide – Morroco World News

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