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Djemaa el-Fna

A sightseeing tour usually starts at the Djemaa el-Fna, which reportedly got its name from the fact that there used to be displayed the heads of the hanged men to the public. There are several simple hotels, from their terraces you can watch far from the hustle and bustle of this lively city the fascinating world in miniature. Also on the cafes, there are roof terraces, from which a view (and especially photos) of the colorful spectacle is possible when ordering a beverage.

There are pickpockets in the crowd of Djemaa el-Fna, as in all large cities in the world. Therefore you should exercise caution, take out no handbag, but use small change in your pocket. Pay attention as well on your mobile phone. In an emergency, the Tourist Police Station can be found at the edge of a small park behind the tourist office.

A stroll through this spectacle can be very tiring without right conduct, but also very pleasant. The trained eye of a Marrakschi would immediately recognize the uncertain strangers and forces itself - sometimes quite aggressively - as guides or require a tip for photos that you do not want to shoot. Particularly enterprising are the water-sellers in their picturesque red robes with wide-brimmed hat and large coins decorated bags made of leather, today they make their living only as a model. Who wants to be left alone, should leave camera and purse in the hotel and with only a few coins in his pocket walk with a firm step and downcast eyes over the place. It is sometimes surprising that everybody has anything to say. If you just ignore them, they give up soon.

The events on the place change with time of the day, but every day the same. In the early morning first the operators of the numbered orange juice stands uncover their planning. These stands are the only ones who never leave the place, delicious the freshly squeezed juice for a few dirhams.

Leisurely starts the day. A barber is spreading false teeth on a small table, next to a bunch of teeth already drawn and an impressive collection of tools. An old man - a Fkih – sits down on a tiny stool and opens a patched umbrella. But so early in the morning, he finds no clients yet to reading their future from the hand or giving advice with problems.

A man in blue turban and gandora spreads a carpet and distributes the most mysterious things, snake skins, ostrich eggs, dried herbs, jars of indefinable miracle drugs. He soon has an audience consisting only of men who follow his oaths and promises carefully. Heavily veiled Arab women sell homemade bags, baskets, mats and hats. The busiest at this early hour are the shoeshine boys. Musicians strum three seconds, shake with the bobble of their red cap and held the cap out for the tip. A Berber with a monkey gives the animal to a tourist, her husband takes a photo and again some dirhams are earned.

Stay away from the veiled women who are waiting with drawn syringe to apply Hennahdekors to all possible body parts. They are very skilled and before you know it, you have a pattern on your arm or hand, even if you did not want that. And then fairly aggressive require money. True, green Hennah requires several hours until the colour on the skin moves in and is liable, also produces a reddish colour. To get faster liability and a dark colour para-phenylenediamine (PPD) is added. This can cause allergic reactions, however, and inflammation. A better Hennah quality is available for additional costs.

All the jugglers, storytellers, musicians, snake charmers, magicians and fortune tellers are not created specifically for tourist attraction. Since ancient times they were used by the nomads who had come from far away to the markets, and caravans, which, after many weeks in the scorching Sahara, finally arrived at its destination, the only entertainment in a busy life. Even today, there are many more local tourists among the visitors. This can be seen especially in the evening. Then from all directions tables, benches, fire pits, pots, mountains of bread and sweets arrive. Delicacies such as fried fish, grilled merguez sausages, golden couscous, boiled snails and sheep's heads or soup Harira seduce with their fragrance, but it is also a thick cloud of smoke over the place. At least once every visitor should try the dishes in the evening. Always cheap and usually good. But beware, these chefs are good psychologists and they recognize the inexperienced newcomer quite fast. You really want only one Harira, but get a full meal with tea and dessert served. Insist that you only pay what you ordered and wanted.