This is part II of a two part blogpost on a visit to Marrakesh. If you have not read Part I please do so. All photographs where taken with the Fujifilm X100T. Some of them are Jpegs OOC and some of them are edited raw files using Lightroom 6.
On day 4 it was time to hit the streets of Marrakesh again. The Fujifilm X100T with the Artisan & Artist 103 camera strap and the lens hood mounted on it where slung around my shoulder. It was time for a cooking class today. My wife and I had booked this with the great help of the guys and girls of Riad Aguaviva. I cannot repeat often enough how helpful they were.
The cooking class was great. First off we learned a lot about the spices which are in the Tajine we were going to cook. After that it was time to hit the local market and grab all the goodies including choosing a live chicken. If you wanted you could take a look at the chicken being slaughtered and then also being cut into it´s peaces. Yes I know that sounds cruel but we should all be aware of the fact that if you eat meat it comes from a living animal in the first place.
After buying all the ingredients for the evening meal it was time to leave the Medina of Marrakesh. Fatima took us to a quiet place about 10 km outside of Marrakesh.
After arriving there and a glass of fresh mint tea it was time to get the meal ready. I won´t go into all the detail of cooking, stirring and frying. This is what the Tajine looks like on the fire place.
While the Tajine was cooking we got some other goodies ready.
And then I had a few minutes for myself to play around with my Fuji X100T, the great f/2 lens and classic chrome film simulation.
After enjoying a great meal we all had realized that time had just passed by so quickly and that we all had to head back to the Medina of Marrakesh for the later evening. On the way back to our Riad I took a few photographs. Once again the Fuji X100T did what it should do.
Our Riad from the inside.
Time was flying by and before we knew it day 5 had come around the corner. It was time to see Majorelle Garden. This park like garden is the place where Yves Saunt Lorene lived in Marrakesh. The whole garden is a wonderful, peaceful area. I do advise you to be there early. About eight or nine is a very good time to go. It is not too hot and there are not too many other visitors there either. At about eleven it started to become very crowded. I think I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.
It was time to head back to the medina. It was very hot in the Majorelle Gardens so we decided to go and have a rest . On the way back to to the Riad Aguaviva I took some more snaps. I would love to know what you think of them.
In the evening we just walked the streets of Marrakesh and found a nice little place for an evening meal. I did not take many shots there so I will not be showing anything from day 5´s evening.
Day 6 and our vacation in Marrakesh is slowly coming to an end. On day 6 my wife and I decided to take a day trip to the harbor city of Essaouira. We had a wonderful privat driver who took us all the 180km and back again. He was such a friendly guy.
Essaouira is a great place to go for a day trip and some fresh fish. Once again I had my X100T with me. By the way, the Fujifilm X100T was the only camera I took with me to Marrakesh. I decided on this very deliberately as I could not decide which lenses to take with me with my X-T1. Should I go wide? Or just take the Xf 18-55? Or all of my gear? Well after thinking so much about which gear to take and after getting a headache over it I went to my gear, picked up the Fujifilm X100T with the Lensmate thumbrest mounted on it and it struck me with lightning. This was the camera to take to Marrakesh. Small, unobtrusive and yet powerful enough to take all the photographs I wanted. And I can tell you. Only having one focal length is definitely not restricting me. It was very relieving not having to think about which lens to mount on the body.
The X100T is a camera that looks at you and tells you the following.
“I have a 23mm f/2 lens, great high ISO capability. So there you have it. That is what I am throwing at you. Take it and get to know me and I will reward you with the most wonderful photographs you can think of.”
Anyway, back to what you are here for. To look at my photographs which I took on a visit to Marrakesh and in this case the day trip to Essaouira.
The last day before it went back home was an all local day. We started the day with another wonderful breakfast at the Riad Aguaviva. After that it was time for a wash. My wife and I went to a local hamam. And when I say local , I mean local. That was not a place tourists would usually go. I can tell you though that this was and is one of the most interesting experiences I have ever made in my life! I cannot describe in words what I felt while being there and after.
It opened my eyes to this culture and made me realize even more that the muslim culture has nothing to do with terror. These people are friendly, open and have a very warm heart inside there chest!
After visiting the hamam it was time to walk the streets of Marrakesh one more time before entering a restaurant for a last evening meal with another breathtaking sunset.
But first let me show you the view I had every morning when entering the roof top terrace for breakfast. Can the day start any better?
Once again a vacation has come to an end. It was full of great experiences, meeting new people. Very friendly people. The Moroccans are just so friendly. I can only advise any one of you readers to visit this city. Yes it can be hectic and loud at times but it can be just as quiet and peaceful at others.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and especially looking at the photographs I took on this vacation. I can assure you that I had a great time taking them.
The Fujifilm X100T did not disappoint me once! It performed absolutely flawlessly. Any time the camera would not perform like it should do was absolutely my own mistake. Thank you Fujifilm for making this masterpiece of photographic gear.
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