Morocco

Happy in Marrakech

These faces of Marrakech, Morocco make me smile. Whether playing soccer on the dusty labyrinthine backroads of the ‘Pink City,’ working in a sun-drenched herb market or shuttling bread dough atop their heads to take to a communal oven, the young men’s faces exude happiness.

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A Lantern Maker in Marrakech’s Souk

A young man in Marrakech shapes metal strips that will later be used to form the skeleton of a jewel-toned Moroccan lantern. In the town’s souk or marketplace, a colorful array of these finished lanterns adorns stalls, making for a picturesque stroll by night when blocks are all aglow. Palaces and riads (traditional Moroccan townhouses) glimmer with windows fitted with this vibrant glass too.

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Marrakech Love on WallA Love Lesson from a Moroccan Wall

On a salmon-pink back alleyway in Marrakech, Morocco, I discovered a tribute to love’s enduring and universal nature.

Its medium was white chalk; the hand that drew it undoubtedly belonged to a child; its canvas was a rugged wall.

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