A fellow WordPress Blogger, Ailsa over at “Where’s my backpack” did it again with this week’s travel theme of Street Markets. What a fantastic topic for who doesn’t love the vibrant colors and fragrances of a world market? Markets are amazing as they give you such a slice of culture. Whether it be the divine floral markets of Paris to the brilliant indigenous markets of Peru, a market always has a treasure to find.
One of my favorite markets of all is the souq. In the spring of 2011, I spent a week volunteering in Rabat, Morocco and had a wonderful time exploring the ins and outs of a Moroccan souq. You could truly find literally every thing for sale; pretty much whatever your heart desired. The colors, the sounds, the people, the smells and the diverse offerings of goods made the souq one of my favorite places to wander and buy gifts for my family and friends.
Follow me through the winding paths of Rabat’s central souq….
There is always a mosque shooting up towards the sky and summoning the daily call to prayer. The sound of the call echoes throughout the souq, bouncing off the curvy walls of the serpentine streets.
Olives in every color, taste, size and shape are available fresh for sale.
Dried fruits such as raisons, figs and dates lay soaking in the afternoon sun.
Handmade soaps and beauty products such as savon noir for sale by the scoop.
And my most favorite rice of all…..couscous! I could eat an entire bag of this stuff!
For a long and happy life, pet turtles for sale.
If you want to buy “babouches” (Moroccan slippers), you can find a pair in any color you desire.
The jelabas (robes with pointed hoods) and caftans (robes without hoods and usually a v- neck adorned and decorated) which are the traditional dress in Morocco.
Brilliantly colored, handmade scarves, blankets, pillow covers and table clothes made me go crazy! I loved the vibrant colors and had to buy a ton to bring back for gifts.
Any one into belly dancing? Outfits for sale!
Or just junk like cheap American blue jeans, clothing, bras and underwear, plastic toys….you name it, it was there in the souq.
Leather shops with purses, belts, wallets and shoes made to order.
Lovely Moroccan lamps…cat not included.
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