WELCOME TO THE KASBAH!

Dec 26, 2014by tracey Comments

A Kasbah is an older part of a city, almost always inhabited by Muslims. It’s often walled in, filled with an endless labyrinth of slivers of lanes.  Usually bikes and in some cases donkeys are the preferred mode of transport as cars can seldom get through.

They are beyond fascinating, teeming with life and almost always the first places we hit in cities that have them. In Marrakech the Medina is the old city or the Kasbah.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between the Souks ( the markets) and just the lanes that are packed with shops,  carts and vendors.

One is always on sensory overload in the souks, markets, Medinas or Kasbahs. As the colors and smells are almost day-glo. It’s one of the things I love about India. And while these lanes are not nearly as crowded as the ones in India, they have many similarities.  Life feels like it did hundreds of years ago, except now everyone seems to have a cell phone.  And one shop sells oils that have been made in the same way since the 14th century, next door to one that is selling knock off Burberry scarves and Nike shoes.

It’s life on steroids! Welcome to the Kasbah!

 

There are no real crosswalks or lights here at least in the old city, so you kind of have to go for it.
There are no real crosswalks or lights here at least in the old city, so you kind of have to go for it.
Look at her face.
Look at her face.
The sight and smell of oranges is everywhere here.
The sight and smell of oranges is everywhere here.
Donkeys working the lanes.
Donkeys working the lanes.
Catching up on gossip.
Catching up on gossip.
Fragrance and color in all forms.
Fragrance and color in all forms.

 

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Soaps
Soaps
Argan Oil Creams
Argan Oil Creams
They make tea on the streets.
They make tea on the streets.
Mint Tea.
Mint Tea.
And of course rugs.
And of course rugs.

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Sweets.
Sweets.
Baker.
Baker.

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Fresh Bread.
Fresh Bread.
Learning how to weave rugs.
Learning how to weave rugs.
Yarn before dying.
Yarn before dying.
After dying.
After dying.
Dye colors.
Dye colors.
Hats.
Hats.
Welcome to the Kasbah!
Welcome to the Kasbah!