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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Green and Colourful Marrakesh...

For a city that often melts in the Saharan heat, Marrakech is a green oasis of serenity and beauty.
The Majorelle Garden boasts some of the most complete collections of cacti and exotic plants.

Throughout the city, buildings are surrounded with palms, orange and lemon trees.

Water flows abundantly from the Atlas Mountains after the Winter snows have melted.

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Blogger Caribbean Colors said...

Yippie! I've been waiting patiently for your groovy pics and travelog to Morrocco, and now its here!

20/11/07 11:54 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

(long sigh) these colors are so exquisite... and so proper to remind us where they come from with the final shot. I think I'll go back and wallow in them for awhile....

21/11/07 2:09 AM  
Blogger zoe said...

Can I come with you next time - it looks awesome (as Coralie would say).

21/11/07 7:48 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Lee, I hope you like Marrakech.

Hayden, every time I look at the photos they lift me away from this drab and grey North East. Living in hope that one day I may be able to spend a touch longer there.

Zoe, Coralie is right. It was awesome!
Why don't you arrange a book signing in Marrakesh, eh?
What's boyfriend in Arabic?

21/11/07 9:55 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

cream, its moving into the grey season here as well. All fog, all the time. It makes me crazy.

I keep returning to this final photo, the coral, pink, GREEN, yellows and lavender-blues just knock me out. What an amazing palatte!

Perhaps I can retire to my fantasy strawbale in Michigan for summers, and visit Morocco in the winters to immerse myself in the colors.

21/11/07 3:12 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

I just realized, of course, it's the water that has me mesmerized, as always. I grabbed a copy of your pic and (without thinking) opened it on top of the screen showing my blog - and there it was - your ocean, against the background of my bay shot, and just behind, taped to the wall, a print of a fjord shot from Norway. Water reflections everywhere... but only yours was coral colored!

21/11/07 3:19 PM  
Blogger Ché l'écossais said...

Wow. Makes Belgium look like a grainy old black-and-white documentary on health and safety procedures.

21/11/07 8:02 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Yowza. I'm wondering now what real etsate prices are like in Marrakesh. Visiting your blog these days is like having a micro holiday.

21/11/07 11:50 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Just what I needed after a dark and grey day here. ;-)
Beautiful photos, Cream. Makes me wonder if my camera is broken.

22/11/07 12:06 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Hayden, I phoned my cousin this morning from my cold, grey office. He said Marrakech was sunny and warm. I swore at him. And he laughed....
I think that everyone should visit Marrakech at least once in their lifetime. Many choose never to leave.

Che, my mate, it is nice to revel at Antwerp and Brussel regal old buildings but all we humans need is a bit of warmth. Et je t'assure que Marrakech a de la chaleur humaine pour tout le monde...

Glad to take you for a trip, Andrea. Shame about real estate prices but they have shot up since Marrakech became the place to be. There are still bargains to be had but you have to look hard. It is definitely an artist's place.

Merisi, my friend I can assure you that there's nothing wrong with your camera. It is the sun that makes all the difference.

22/11/07 12:39 AM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough, said...

Ya habibi, I can taste the mint tea. "Marrakesh Express" by Crosby Stills Nash & Young is one of my favourite songs of all time. I'm sorely tempted to make another visit to Morocco, especially as there are cheap flights from Brussels.

22/11/07 11:31 AM  
Blogger Queenie said...

Oh!, I want to go there so much, I'll have to get some yellow plant tub and dream.
Love everyone of the pics.

22/11/07 12:48 PM  
Blogger zooms said...

Fabulous photos Cream, I was in Marrakesh in 1977 and your pictures evoke memories of wonderful sights and sounds and smells.
I must remember to install my own bamboo visitors' book.Great idea.
Thank you.

22/11/07 1:09 PM  
Blogger Crabtree said...

Fantastique !! "les Mille et Une Nuits" les rêves d'Orient...

22/11/07 3:08 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I want some sun, now!!!

Beautiful, just beautiful!

22/11/07 5:14 PM  
Blogger Edvard Moonke said...

any sign of dear maryam?

22/11/07 5:17 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Do it, Daphnée, just do it! It is magical. Charleroi-Marrakech Direct...

Glad you like the photos, Q.
Too heavy for hand luggage, otherwise I'd brought back a few things.

Thanks, Zooms.
Marrakech is getting better and better by the day.
Good idea those bamboo memos...

Merci, Crabtree.
Marrakech est revenue au siècle passée tout en avançant vers un meilleur avenir.

We all need a bit of sunshine in our life, Akela.

No, Marcos, I didn't get to see her. She was somewhere further down in Africa.

22/11/07 5:48 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Simply goregeous Cream! I love the buildings and the light! All the magical details are neato!!!

22/11/07 6:55 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Thanks, Val.
Beautiful places are easy to photograph.

23/11/07 11:07 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

You really do have a wonderful eye for photography, Cream, I love the way you capture size, shape, shadows, angles.

These past days I've been listening to Majda al Roumi and she made me think of Marakesh, Algeria, all those places.

23/11/07 8:35 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Well, thank you Gigi.
I think photography is all about catching moods and feelings.
I went on a course a few years ago but jacked it up when it came to developing the photos and all that technical stuff. Nowadays I snap what catches my eye, stick it on the compy-hooter and then play about with a few buttons.
Easy peasy.
Yes, I've heard a few of Majda's songs. You'd love the music played in Morocco's clubs. An amazing mix of Arabic, Western and African in one song.

24/11/07 10:12 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Ah the colors! I really must get here in my lifetime.

24/11/07 2:41 PM  
Blogger A Kite Rises said...

Wonderful photographs, makes me want to jump on a plane and go explore Marrakech right away ; )

27/11/07 10:44 AM  
Blogger Fatima said...

I love everything in Morocco, its nature, people,food, customs and traditions, Morocco property and wonderful sights.
But the landscape of Morocco is so varied.
Except the mountains and the deserts I like the valleys, gorges and wadis.
Especially in the desert areas you are traveling in the rough and barren landscape and then at some places you can have a spectacular view in a gorge or wadi with steep slopes and down there is a lot of lovely green of palm trees. This always amazes me again.

21/1/08 1:09 PM  

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