Guest Post: Memories of Marrakech

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Today’s guest post is from Holly Warah of Arabic Zeal.  Holly has been a friend on Twitter (@dubai_words) for sometime now.  She is originally from Seattle but is currently an expat in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with her family and is an up and coming blogger.  I highly suggest you stop by her site for great writing and great images with a unique peek into everyday life in Dubai. From Holly;

I dreamed of going to Morocco when I was 19. Alas, it was not meant to be.

Several decades later, as a mother of three, I saw a tiny ad in a British travel magazine: “Photography Holidays in Italy and Morocco.” I immediately went to the website and looked at the photos. I thought: That’s it. I’m going. I was headed to Morocco!

It was a nine-day Photography Holiday with a dozen Brits & three photography tutors. We spent our time in Marrakesh with a few days in a Berber Village in the Atlas Mountains. A typical morning started with a photography lesson & an assignment. The bulk of the day was spent on excursions and taking photographs. It was such a meaningful way to see the sights. In the evening, we shared our photos and exchanged critiques.

We stayed in a riad, a traditional Moroccan house in the Medina. We visited all the main sites of Marrakesh, and explored some amazing restaurants. It was a wonderful adventure. I learned to use my camera, and the quality of my photos improved tenfold.

This trip was organized by a London-based company called Frui. They also have Cooking Holidays and Painting Holidays in Marrakesh and other places. The photos I’m sharing were taken inside the walled Medina, in the alleys of the souk and in Djemaa al-Fna.

We’d love to know – have you ever taken a photography holiday?  Where to?  What was your experience?

Amanda MouttakiGuest Post: Memories of Marrakech

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