The Art in Everything: Morocco
In September this year, I spent a phenomenal 15 days travelling through Morocco. Why Morocco? Well, it was a combination of seeing gorgeous travel photos online and impulsivity. Honestly, Morocco was never really top of the list when it came to travel destinations, but I allowed myself to be influenced and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
I went with G Adventures and chose the Highlights of Morocco tour. This tour took us to Casablanca, Tangier, Chefchauoen, Volubilis, Fez, Merzouga in the Sahara, the Todra Gorge, Aït Benhaddou, Imlil in the High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira and Marrakech.
How do I begin to describe Morocco?
Alive. Ornate. Hot. Diverse. Vivid. Just a few words that come to mind.
Through this tour, I had the privilege of experiencing the beautiful Moroccan coast in Tangier and Essaouira, the truly surreal & impossible desert in Merzouga (to this day, my brain still cannot compute that what I saw was real), the tranquility of the mountains in Todra and Imlil, the gorgeous and pulsating cities of Fez and Marrakech and the chilled, quirky and laidback Chefchaouen.
Creatively speaking, Morocco is a muse. From the intricate designs in the architecture to the handmade crafts in the medinas. I still dream of the ceramics, rugs and straw and leather goods. My recommendation: pack super light or bring an extra bag with you because you will want to buy everything.
I want to say I left my heart in Morocco, but that would be trite. However, I was introduced to a part of myself I didn’t know existed. A part of me that is excited by the idea of discomfort - a part of me that loves being somewhere where things are completely unfamiliar and unexpected and a little bit overwhelming. A part of me that genuinely loves adventure beyond the typical tourist attractions, the instagram worthy shots, and trendy spots. A part of me that wants to immerse herself in cultures and lifestyles beyond the ones she understands.
I have felt different since coming back this trip. In the best way.
With all that being said, here are some of my favourite photos of my time Morocco.
The Art in the Architecture
The Art in the Landscapes
The Art in the Food
The Art in the Craftsmanship
So that’s my trip! Morocco is beautiful. If the opportunity ever comes for you to go, take it.