The Courtyard of the Maison de la Photographie in Marrakech
If you’re into photography and looking for things to do in Marrakech, don’t miss visiting the Maison de la Photographie. The raid style museum located right in the medina showcases a private collection of fascinating Moroccan photography, including vintage Berber photographs from 1870 to 1950. The museum also screens short films and documentaries about Morocco. It’s a great way to gain a visual insight about Moroccan history and culture.
Snake handler with his charges on Jemaa el Fnaa
My trip to Marrakech was my first with my new iPhone 5s and I wanted to check out the slow motion video feature everyone was raving about. Unfortunately, I discovered the slo-mo only works if you send the video from your iPhone to another iDevice. The video plays normal speed when you upload to YouTube. It’s still pretty cool and the sounds give you a good feeling of the craziness that is Jemaa El Fna.
The fireman at work stoking the flames of a hammam
Here in Los Angeles it’s pretty common for most musicians to have a day job. On my recent trip to Marrakech, I learned this is also true in Morocco. I had a fabulous guide, Khadija Benbourahel, who showed me around the medina. One of the highlights of my tour of the old city was when she introduced me to the fireman in the medina. The fireman’s day job is keeping the fire burning at a neighborhood hammam. But he’s also a Gnawa musician who plays this mystical Moroccan folk music.
The boats on Camden Lock were very atmospheric
I just spent a few days in London, where I visited with some ex-pat friends. It was great because it got me to explore different parts of the city, including the funky and atmospheric Camden Town.