Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Souks!

Souks are the shopping malls of Morocco, and in general, they 'happen' in the city squares and in the medinas. In larger towns or cities especially, the souks are large and separated by the type of products sold: a ceramics souk is a region of the whole souk that sells only pottery and ceramics, while food is sold in a different area, etc. They can take up many twisty alleyways of the medina, or be found in wide streets where shops are open along both sides of the pedestrian-only roadway (which means that people, donkeys, bicycles, and mopeds can travel in these ares, in any direction they want), with extra stalls set up in the middle of the road making for way more fun times getting around. Both traditional items and more contemporary (or western) items are available in any given souk... we saw a gaggle of ladies completely surrounding a hawker, and it was only by pure chance that we glimpsed the fancy underwear he was selling... hot ticket item that day!
Farm-fresh locally-grown food, spices, you name it, can all be found at the souk... at one big souk we saw false teeth on the chopping block... with extra individual teeth for sale as well, just in case one wanted just 'a' tooth, or a spare tooth perhaps.

These are some images from the smallish souk in Meknes, during a fairly quiet time of day.


Fresh garlic...


...fig necklaces (we bought a BLOCK (literally) of figs from the roadside one day)...


...tangerines, and oranges, with leaves still on (!!!)... (note the weigh scales)...


...nuts and dates and more...


...spices and grains...


...jaguar and snake skins...


...porcupine quills and eggs of some sort...


...dried herbs...


...mixed souk...


...upholstery fabric...


...fabric shop...


...and a little date shop.
Way better than Walmart.

4 comments:

  1. Oh the colours and i can almost smell the delights. Wish I has some of those fat garlic for our garden.

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