Sandy and I set off by ourselves to Marrakech. Our plan was to meet a friend of Bob's "by the dry fountain in front of the Koutoubia Mosque" and he would get us a hotel and show us around. And we would meet up with the rest of our caravan the next day. After some last minute changes of plans, we were settled into the Grand Hotel Tazi, located a block or two from Djemaa el-Fna, the large public square in the medina. The square at night is a sight to see, with crowds milling about, performers calling out to the crowds, and the smoke from cooking fires drifting through the crowd.

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I thought this donkey was cute. He is on the street outside our hotel. We saw donkeys and carts like this everywhere. Thankfully we never needed this guys services! Storks!
We saw many shops with beautiful lanterns like these on our trip. Andy in the Place de Foucauld. I don't know what this sign says! Such a typical scene! Satellite dishes and laundry hanging out to dry. All manner of transportation on the street. Cars going every which way. And you see that the petit taxis are beige in this town! Crossing this street with our luggage was challenging.
Koutoubia Mosque. We parked behind this mosque and walked to our hotel. When Andy had a hard time maneuvering into the tight parking place, several Moroccans picked up the back of the car and swung it around for us! A water seller in Djemaa el-Fna . We saw people wearing this kind of shoe all over Morocco. Sandy in the souks. They are often covered to protect from the hot sun.
A souk version of Victoria's Secret? A typical scene. Guys were always putting their arms around guys, and women were often walking hand in hand. The very bustling street between our hotel and Djemaa el-Fna. We stopped at one of the internet cafe's on this street to send email back home to our parents.
A performer at Djemaa el-Fna. There were musicians, jugglers, dancers, snake charmers, story tellers... The place was packed til well into the evening. A food booth around the perimeter of Djemaa el-Fna. We had some excellent couscous here. Andy with a couple of dancing Berber guys at Djemaa el-Fna. Of course they charged us a pretty good price for having allowed us to take their pictures..
Sandy near Place de Foucauld. This is a beautiful park with palm trees and flowers and horse-drawn carriages for hire. The Koutoubia Mosque is in the background. The Marrakech Express!  

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