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Moroccan bucket list completed!

North Norfolk photographer, Pierre Butikofer, has just returned with his Moroccan bucket list completed. This was a trip to Fez in Morocco but ended up being more of an adventure visiting unusual sites and events across the whole of Morocco.

During my trip across Morocco, there was the festival of Eid al Hada, honouring the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his young first-born son. It is celebrated by slaughtering a sheep in the house. The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.

Needless to say it was somewhat of an eye opener to say the least! Some of the photos captured the events in the street. Not the slaughtering of the sheep I have to add!!

The trip into the Sahara desert was most magical. the silence, the wild camels, the expanse of sand as far as the eye could seem and lack of light pollution at night.

Other sights which were amazing – the goats up in the argan trees. They are so agile and they just cannot resist the nuts. But I never knew that goats fart so much!!

The dying vats at Fez that have never changed since the middle ages in their processing of skins to make leather.

The nomads of the desert with just their family, their camels and tents.

 

Moroccan bucket list completed - sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco.

Sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camel tracks in the sand in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camel tracks in the sand in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dunes, after sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dunes, after sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Greenery in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Greenery in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Nomad camp on the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco

Nomad camp on the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco

Nomad child, Morocco

Nomad child, Morocco

Sunrise in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sunrise in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sheep being transported, in a wheelbarrow, in readiness for the slaughter for the festival of Eid al Ahad in Morocco

Sheep being transported, in a wheelbarrow, in readiness for the slaughter for the festival of Eid al Ahad in Morocco

Sheep being transported, in a taxi, in readiness for the slaughter for the festival of Eid al Ahad in Morocco

Sheep being transported, in a taxi, in readiness for the slaughter for the festival of Eid al Ahad in Morocco

Sheep being transported by donkey, in preparation for the festival of Eid al Ahad, Morocco

Sheep being transported by donkey, in preparation for the festival of Eid al Ahad, Morocco

Slaughtered sheeps' heads and bones being burnt, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira,

Slaughtered sheeps’ heads and bones being burnt, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira,

Sheepskins piled up, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira,

Sheepskins piled up, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira,

Slaughtered sheeps' heads being burnt, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira,

Slaughtered sheeps’ heads being burnt, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira,

Slaughtered sheeps' heads and bones being burnt, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira,

Slaughtered sheeps’ heads and bones being burnt, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan child playing with the horns of a slaughtered sheep in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan child playing with the horns of a slaughtered sheep in Essaouira, Morocco

Slaughtered sheepskins in a trolley, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Slaughtered sheepskins in a trolley, during the festival of Eid al Ahad, in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan beggar in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan beggar in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Children playing in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Children playing in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan man in a typical traditional djellaba in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan man in a typical traditional djellaba in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan woman in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan woman in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Donkey and nosebag in Morroco

Donkey and nosebag in Morroco

Goats, in argan trees eating the argan nuts in Morocco

Goats, in argan trees eating the argan nuts in Morocco

Goat in argan trees eating the argan nuts in Morocco

Goat in argan trees eating the argan nuts in Morocco

Goat in argan trees eating the argan nuts in Morocco

Goat in argan trees eating the argan nuts in Morocco

Goats in argan trees eating the argan nuts in Morocco

Goats in argan trees eating the argan nuts in Morocco

Goats in the argan trees, Morocco

Goats in the argan trees, Morocco

Camel shadows in the sand dunes, during sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camel shadows in the sand dunes, during sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Yours truely, gone native, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Yours truely, gone native, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dune landscape in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dune landscape in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Wind blowing the sand off the top of sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Wind blowing the sand off the top of sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dune landscape in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dune landscape in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dune landscape in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dune landscape in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dune and desert landscape with trees in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dune and desert landscape with trees in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Wollen hats in the souk in Morocco

Wollen hats in the souk in Morocco

Eric Chevaleyre, famous French actor and illustrator working in Essaouira, Morocco

Eric Chevaleyre, famous French actor and illustrator working in Essaouira, Morocco

View from the port of Essaouira, Morocco, looking towards the walled city

View from the port of Essaouira, Morocco, looking towards the walled city

Upturned boat at the port of Essaouira, Morocco, looking towards the walled city

Upturned boat at the port of Essaouira, Morocco, looking towards the walled city

Boat at the port of Essaouira, Morocco

Boat at the port of Essaouira, Morocco

Deserted alleyway in Essaouira, Morocco

Deserted alleyway in Essaouira, Morocco

View from the ramparts of Essaouira, Morocco

View from the ramparts of Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Morrocan in his finery for the festival of Eid al Ahad in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Morrocan in his finery for the festival of Eid al Ahad in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Morrocan butcher carrying out his duties for the festival of Eid al Ahad in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Morrocan butcher carrying out his duties for the festival of Eid al Ahad in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Alleyway in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Alleyway in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Street in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Street in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Children playing in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Children playing in the medina of Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan doorway in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan doorway in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Archway into the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Archway into the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan arched door leading into a riad in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan arched door leading into a riad in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Ornate Moroccan door in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Ornate Moroccan door in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan man in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan man in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

In the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

In the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

In the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

In the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan woman in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan woman in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Life in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Life in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Life in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Life in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan man in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Moroccan man in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Windows on buildings in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

Windows on buildings in the medina in Essaouira, Morocco

In the souk in Essaouira, Morocco

In the souk in Essaouira, Morocco

The waves and sea at Essaouira, Morocco

The waves and sea at Essaouira, Morocco

Donkey and nosebag in Morroco

Donkey and nosebag in Morroco

Camels on the beach at Essaouira, Morocco

Camels on the beach at Essaouira, Morocco

Typical moroccan dish - tangine - being cooked in the street in Morocco

Typical moroccan dish – tangine – being cooked in the street in Morocco

Fresh oranges in Morocco

Fresh oranges in Morocco

Typical market in Moroccan villages

Typical market in Moroccan villages

Typical Moroccan market

Typical Moroccan market

Moroccan fruit and vegetables

Moroccan fruit and vegetables

Typical Moroccan village

Typical Moroccan village

View of rocky outcrop, on the edge of the sahara desert, from an oasis

View of rocky outcrop, on the edge of the sahara desert, from an oasis

Sunrise in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sunrise in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sunrise in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sunrise in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Closeup of camel in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Closeup of camel in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camels, at sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camels, at sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Greenery in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Greenery in the sand dunes in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

After sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

After sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Ahmed, our Moroccan guide

Ahmed, our Moroccan guide

Camels at sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camels at sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camels at sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camels at sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Closeup of camel at sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Closeup of camel at sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camel trekking in the Sahara desert. Morocco

Camel trekking in the Sahara desert. Morocco

Sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sunset in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camel trekking in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camel trekking in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dunes, after sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Sand dunes, after sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camel shadows in the sand dunes, during sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Camel shadows in the sand dunes, during sunset, in the Sahara desert, Morocco

Moroccan potter

Moroccan potter

Moroccan potter putting pots into outdoor kiln

Moroccan potter putting pots into outdoor kiln

Moroccan pottery

Moroccan pottery

Moroccan pottery

Moroccan pottery

Child in alley in a medina in Morocco

Child in alley in a medina in Morocco

Moroccan village in the Draa valley, Morocco

Moroccan village in the Draa valley, Morocco

Date palm trees at an oasis in Morocco

Date palm trees at an oasis in Morocco

Ait benhaddou where Jesus of Nazareth was filmed, Morocco

Ait benhaddou where Jesus of Nazareth was filmed, Morocco

Ait benhaddou where Jesus of Nazareth was filmed, Morocco

Ait benhaddou where Jesus of Nazareth was filmed, Morocco

Hidden village in the Atlas mountains. Morocco

Hidden village in the Atlas mountains. Morocco

Hidden village in the Atlas mountains. Morocco

Hidden village in the Atlas mountains. Morocco

Shoe dealers in the souk in Fez, Morocco

Shoe dealers in the souk in Fez, Morocco

View of Fez from the hiils overlooking Fez, Morocco

View of Fez from the hiils overlooking Fez, Morocco

View of Fez from the hiils overlooking Fez, Morocco

View of Fez from the hiils overlooking Fez, Morocco

View of Fez from the hiils overlooking Fez, Morocco

View of Fez from the hiils overlooking Fez, Morocco

Moroccan teapot manufacturer and seller in the souk in Fez, Morocco

Moroccan teapot manufacturer and seller in the souk in Fez, Morocco

Moroccan couple in the medina at Fez, Morocco

Moroccan couple in the medina at Fez, Morocco

Moroccan woman carrying baby in the medina at Fez, Morocco

Moroccan woman carrying baby in the medina at Fez, Morocco

Moroccan man in the medina at Fez, Morocco

Moroccan man in the medina at Fez, Morocco

A courtyard selling ceramics in the medina in Fez, Morocco

A courtyard selling ceramics in the medina in Fez, Morocco

Moroccan woman in the medina at Fez, Morocco

Moroccan woman in the medina at Fez, Morocco

A courtyard in the medina in Fez, Morocco

A courtyard in the medina in Fez, Morocco

Mosaics in a madras in Fez, Morocco.

Mosaics in a madras in Fez, Morocco.

Moroccan couple in the medina in Fez, Morocco.

Moroccan couple in the medina in Fez, Morocco.



2 Comments

  1. Jana Pekova wrote:

    Beautiful pictures. They truly reflect Morocco as is, full of vibrant colors feast for all the senses.

    • Pierre wrote:

      Thank you so much. I am glad you like them. Please contact me, perhaps we can discuss how we can work together in the future

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