I have found landscapes in Morocco exactly as they are described in Delacroix’s paintings. ~ Henri Matisse
This week’s WP Photo Challenge was Foreign. I’ve been fortunate to travel to several countries. Technically, they are all foreign to me, but Tangier, Morocco, seemed to play the part the best: sights, smells, sounds, people, textures, light — all of them reminded us that we weren’t in America — or Europe — any more.
Walking through the market place, we felt like our photographs would need Smell-o-Vision to capture it all: the barbers trimming men’s beardS, the women with large baskets full of colorful and aromatic spices for sale, weavers working intricate designs on their looms, the cat who stole a fish from a bin and the fishmonger who chased him a few steps scolding the thief. We were on a guided tour and were warned to stay close to our guide. After awhile, it became clear that this was not for our safety, but a measure of trade protection. Only those known to the guide were allowed to hawk their wares.
At every corner we were accosted by an entrepreneur trying to sell us some sort of trinket — and unwilling to take a ‘NO’. There were people ready to take your picture, snake charmers — with snakes! As soon as the dark clouds rolled in, vendors were at your side with umbrellas. Having an umbrella in your possession did not stop the sales pitches: But, madame, this umbrella is so much better!
At lunch, while feasting on a tangy Moroccan stew and sipping lush mint tea, my husband leaned towards me to whisper: These aren’t the droids we’re looking for! He was exactly right: everything was as foreign as the travelers in the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine.
Without the scents and not fairly representing the beautiful Moroccan light, here are a few photographs from that brief trip.