Monday, 25 October 2010

Day Trip: Atlas Mountains

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During our long-weekender in Morocco, we journeyed to the Atlas Mountains for a break from the bustle of Marrakech...On the way, we visited the Berber market where we experienced a market unlike any we had seen before.

The Berber Market is a once-a-week event where the Berber people exchange and sell goods in order to buy their necessities for the week ahead. We were the only tourists in the entire market and we were under strict instructions not to take any noticeable photographs. Most of the below were shot from Traveller's hip. You could buy anything from spices and herbs to rabbits and chickens to the almost out-of-place mobile phones and underwear. Many men also received their weekly shave or haircut.

Our least favourite part was the abbatoir-cum-butcher where you could purchase an entire skinned goat, fresh tripe and any part belonging to a cow, goat, chicken or sheep. As you can imagine, the stench was inordinately palpable.

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The Atlas mountains themselves were quite beautiful and we had tagine for lunch before embarking on a perilous walk through to the waterfalls.


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7 comments:

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

These photos are stunning! I'm so fascinated! Hope your week is off to a great start :)

Loree said...

There is a lot of beauty in Morocco that I was not aware of.

Nicole Franzen said...

wow those meat markets are intense. Its always interesting to me that Americans have really no idea how meat is. Its always packaged up in nice packing. I think a lot more of us would be vegetarians if we started presented the animals like they do every where else in the world :) disconnect a big big disconnect with our food.
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Nicole
http://nicolefranzen.blogspot.com/

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Holy wow, these pics are insane! Thank you for sharing!

Flora said...

These photos make me want to travel here. Did you encounter any language barriers while traveling to Morocco?

Flora

The Gourmet Traveller said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. Nicole, it definitely awakens you to the reality of eating meat.. And Flora, we were lucky that one of our travelling cohort speaks fluent French, so he did a lot of our important communicating. The one great thing about Morocco is that they haven't reallly been 'Westernised' so they don't all speak English. You may need to take a phrase book!

Melly Mel said...

Oh man, I think Iost my appetite. So intense! You guys do the coolest things!

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