Morocco – movie star central
Ewan McGregor just left Marrakech after filming My Kind of Traitor – a thriller adaptation of the novel by John le Carre about an English couple who while on holiday in Marrakech, meet a shady Russian millionaire and then get into deep trouble.
Tom Hanks has also visited recently, for his movie A Hologram for a King, which was filmed in both Casablanca and Marrakesh, so imagine our surprise when we heard more A-listers had arrived with their entourages to our city! This time it’s everyone’s favourite action hero – Bruce Willis.
Bruce is currently in Marrakesh for the shooting of Barry Levinson’s next movie, Rock the Kasbah – due to premiere in the US in the spring of 2015. He is joined by Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Zooey Deschanel, and Leem Lubany who are also in Marrakech to star in the comedy. The story of Rock the Kasbah is about Richie Vance, a past-it music manager who decides to send one of his performing artists on a tour in aid of American troops in Afghanistan.
We heard on the grapevine that Bruce Willis was seen last Tuesday casually taking a walk in Gueliz, hidden partly in a baseball cap but instantly recognisable none-the-less!
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Get lost! in Marrakesh
To get lost in a foreign city is a fear that many of us have, but putting away the map can be just the thing for adventure. The souks of Marrakech are – we promise – a great place to get lost in.
So, what to expect?
Well, cast adrift in the maze of the medina, carts will trundle past you, laden with oranges and timber. You’ll see hawkers selling piles of eggs, fruit of all colours and fresh herbs. You’ll spot ancient weavers working at looms. The smell of delicious freshly baked ‘khoubz’ (bread) will waft over you.
You’ll pass brightly coloured apothecaries, where inside, hundreds of glass jars containing everything from pickled birds and crystals to ras el hanout and saffron will be for sale. You’ll be invited in for tea. You’ll have offers of guidance and you’ll certainly pass plenty of shady cafes to cool off in with a Casablanca beer or some mint tea.
See, doesn’t sound too bad does it? Chances are, after getting lost in the souks, you will return with a dozen travel tales, a handful of souvenirs and a camera full of photos.
This recent article on the Huffington Post website, inspired us to write this blog post, they agree that getting lost isn’t so bad!
If it is a Moroccan summer mood you’re looking for, look no further.
Almost exactly one year ago, in the early summer of 2013, the Greek photographer Yiannis Hadjiaslanis travelled around Morocco and photographed eleven urban centres – including Casablanca, Tangier, Fez and Marrakech – over 23 days.
The photographic journey and project – called Intersections – intensely highlighted his discovery of a contemporary and colourful Morocco. Avoiding the typical travel images or clichés he shows how multi-layered Mediterranean atmospheres and curious colours permeate into the everyday.
Now, you can now view some of the fascinating work from this particular project online at Hadjiaslanis’s website: http://www.hadjiaslanis.com/index.php?/work/intersections
We recently contributed to the website www.theculturetrip.com a well-known, and highly useful, web resource that showcases the best of art and culture for every country in the world. Morocco is covered well and the site includes essays and round-ups on everything from expat writers in Tangiers, to the top ten art galleries in Morocco.
The site also sells books and films about Morocco, including classics like ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Morocco’, a classic romantic drama starring Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich. Travel books include all the regular guidebooks along with specific books on culture and shopping, and there are also titles covering spirituality, art, architecture, fiction, history and food.
For our contribution, we chose to write about gardens in Marrakech in a piece called ‘An Oasis of Calm: The Historical Gardens of Marrakech.’ In the article we talk about how the gardens of Marrakech have inspired writers and artists over the years and which ones are really worth a visit. You can read the piece here: