Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Marrakech the streets

I reread one of my favourite books whilst away and it lasted from the first day right up until our plane touched down in London. In my mind the perfect memoir for any holiday where local people and the blistering heat take centre stage. Within the pages I found a passage that described the drama unfolding on the narrow city streets of Marrakech perfectly. I am saddened to say I have no pictures of the hundreds of dusty sun tired Donkey's that we saw.

So from the the chapter The world in a wall, from 'My family and other animals' by author Gerald Durrell.

'It was a fascinating area, the cobbled streets crammed with stalls that were piled high with gaily-coloured bales of cloth, mountains of shining sweetmeats, ornaments of beaten silver, fruit, and vegetables. The streets were so narrow that you had to stand back against the wall to allow the donkeys to stagger past with their loads of merchandise. It was a rich colourful part of the town, full of noise and bustle, the screech of bargaining women, the cluck of hens and barking dogs, and the wailing cry of the men carrying great trays of fresh loaves on their heads.'

15 comments:

Becky said...

One of my favourite books too. Your pictures and words sharing your trip with us are so evocative, takes me right back to Marrakech and Morocco where I spent a wonderful holiday a couple of years back.

sammy and glenn: pacha design said...

we are really enjoying your posts about marrakech - they are bringing back lots of memories of when glenn and I went there a couple of years ago.

Ms. Chyme said...

Oh nice!

sanne said...

what a fantastic photos!!! wow Marrakech is wonderful! Thanks for sharing all your photos/pictures, your weblog is amazing!

Lumo said...

Great photos, there is enchanted feeling in them. Love the cat, too.

Mandy said...

I am so enjoying the posts too, unfortunately I am yet to go to Marrakech but it is certainly on my list !!!

Suzanne said...

I love that book - I remember reading it at school, and then buying it and re-reading it again years later. Have really enjoyed the glimpses of Morocco, hope you had an amazing time there.

Kristin said...

Lovely images and now I want to read that book! Will have to pick it up!

A Bun Can Dance said...

Gosh, it does look so busy - your hotel must have been a haven of peace and calm amidst it all.
I've got the Durrell book, but never read it - so I must give it a go, on your recommendation.
Loving your daily snippets of Marrakech!
Denise x

Urban Legendary said...

Your posts about Marrakech are so enchanting. I've always been fascinated by Morocco, but I absolutely need to go there now. What a beautiful place! You captured it so well. xx

P.K said...

Beautifully presented, a delight to see your photos.

Mlle Paradis said...

oh but didn't you want to bring that little kitten home with you?!

wonderful adventure!

Danangib said...

Your photos are lovely!
Living in Gibraltar I'm very close to Morocco and its exotic places, I hope to be able to visit it soon.
I like "My family and other animals", it's not only funny, but also charming.

Kerri said...

Oh that's one of my favourite books too! Marrakech looks amazing.

{lovely little things} said...

Beautiful photos!