Marrakech is truly the 1001 nights in real life. It is called the pink (or sometimes red) city due to its color of the city walls. Located at the north of the foothills of the amazing snowcapped Atlas mountains. The pink color is originated from the pigment of the local clay and new regulations claim that every new house or building must be given this pink color.
The pink city wall with at lovely old door
It seem to me that there is color in every corner of this city. Bright and sunny colors which make you happy and want to put it down in a photography to remember later. This is some of the color I endured during our 2 days in Marrakech:
Color pigments mixed with water to make it hard
Spices, a must to shop and bring home
the mini tagine in the color of the rainbow
Newly colored yarn, her hung up to be dried
And not to be forgotten when speaking of color. The Majorelle garden. Used to belong to the famous designer Yves Saint Laurent but was formed by the french artist Jacques Majorelle. The garden it selves is not very big but the colors are breathtaking. It even has its own color – the majorelle blue. Worth the trip while, but I recommend you do it in the afternoon.
colourful pots surrounding the park
This is my second time to Marrakech and I never get tired of all its color and it makes me want to come back time after time.
At our recently trip to Morocco, we were treated to quite the amount of mint tea. The moroccans make their tea with pride. As we were demonstrated in the lovely Riad Chorfa by our tour organizer.
Mint tea is a sign of hospitality, friendship and tradition. Served all day long and if you make your way in to the souk/medina for some shopping you may very well be treated to some mint tea during the bargaining. The tea is made the old fashion way with gunpowder green tea and is served very sweet often garnished with some mint leaves.
making that moroccan mint tea
Here as shown in above picture you have the gunpowder green tea in a traditional moroccan teapot. Fill up one a small cup of boiled water and let sit for a little while. After about 1-2 minutes swirl the pot and pour one cup, discard this as this is dirty tea.
clean vs dirty tea
You can clearly see the difference between the dirty and clean tea – dark being the dirty. Then you add the fresh mint leaves and a ton of sugar.
To bad I did not get a picture of the massive sugar cubes he used, one stick probably equals 10-15 normal sugar cubes.
Add more water and put to a boiler. When the water has boiled you may start the pouring. And If you have ever got served moroccan mint tea you know they pour one cup and put it back in the teapot, this they to 2-3 times and the only reason is to dissolve the sugar.
Ready, set and pour:
Put it back into the pot
Tea is served, enjoy!