Morocco Captivates All Five Senses

I recently returned from a two-week trip to exotic Morocco! For about a month after I returned (I went in May) my mind was buzzing with remembrances of images, scents, colour and pattern. There were many memorable aspects to the trip, but I would say that the souks (markets) were definitely one of the highlights. Everywhere we turned there were beautiful artisan items to be seen, including richly woven and dyed fabric, lovely baskets, pierced metal lamps, gorgeous rugs, colourful ceramics and much more. It was all a bit much to take in at once.

Woven Fabric

I wanted to spend hours here looking at all the beautiful woven fabrics!

Berber Carpets

The carpets were a visual feast. I managed to bring home a trio of smaller versions.

Then, if your sense of sight wasn’t already overwhelmed, there was the sense of smell. The spice market was redolent with heady scents of cinnamon, cumin, anise, fresh mint and more. There were also bins of dates, huge bowls of olives and sticky pastries (swarming with wasps—add the sense of hearing with all the buzzing). Heaped in big piles, the spices and foods also offered a visual treat.

Spices

Can’t you just smell the wonderful scents?

Olives

Yummy.

Speaking of hearing, the souks tend to be in the old parts of towns, crowded with narrow streets and busy with traffic (donkeys, push carts, humanity). There was a constant din of many people in a small space. Add to that the sounds of workmen in their tiny shops, beating metal, grinding spices and…well—you get the idea.

Then there was the unique taste of Moroccan food to tempt the palette. Did I mention the spices? I love the Moroccan combination of lemon, mint, cinnamon, cloves, cumin and turmeric. Even though I can get Moroccan spice combinations here at home, I made sure to bring a big bag of spice home to enjoy the authentic Moroccan experience again.

Moroccan Salad

If you order Moroccan Salad in a restaurant, this is what you’ll get—a medley of various vegetables prepared in various ways, all delicious!

The sense of touch came into play as I ran my fingers over richly woven fabrics and rugs. But the best was the feel of the wooly fur on my camel’s head as I mounted up and rode out into the Sahara!

Dorothy on a Camel

Here I am channelling my inner Berber. My camel was a lovely beast—such fun to ride out into the Sahara!

I’ll post about Morocco again in future, Inshallah (God willing, as they say in Morocco), with more photos I took of the visual riches that I find so inspiring for my art.

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6 Responses to Morocco Captivates All Five Senses

  1. Wendy Moore July 26, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

    Such a fabulous, evocative post Dorothy. I would love to go one day but probably won’t so reading this was just wonderful. If a little poignant! So lovely to share your excitement and great photos. I am looking forward to more!

    • Dorothy Siemens July 27, 2017 at 9:21 am #

      Thank you, Wendy! Yes, it was really different from any other trip I’ve ever taken. Glad I could share a bit of my Moroccan experience with you! I plan to post about it again in future.

  2. Pauline Dobkin July 27, 2017 at 8:01 am #

    So happy to see the pictures that you sent on Facebook what a great trip you had I’m sure that mom enjoyed just as much as you did The colour and the smells must have been unimaginable Maybe I’ll get a chance to go there haven’t seen on a call yet

    • Dorothy Siemens July 27, 2017 at 9:23 am #

      It was a great experience, Pauline, and sharing it with my Mom made it all the better!

  3. Tina Siemens July 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    Hi Dorothy,
    You really captured our experience so well. It was an experience not to ever forget.
    I, too, love my purchases and all the memories, especially having experienced them with you.

    Mom

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