Sunny in Marrakech
A personal account of an unforgetable journey to the Red City in Morocco
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I had a chance to visit the city of Marrakech in Morocco in order to attend the 6th annual International Film Festival of Marrakech (IFFM) from December the 3rd to December the 10th, 2006. In fact, I joined the festival along with the director Songyos "Yong" Sugmakanan and a young actor Sirachuch "Michael" Chienthaworn as a team of Thai movie called "Dek Hor" (as known as "Dorm") which was invited to screen for the competition in the festival with other 14 movies from different countries around the world.
There is no direct airline connection from Bangkok to Marrakech. We took a 6-hour flight to Dubai and stopped over for a couple of hours before we flown for another 9 hours to Casablanca, Morocco. Then, with a 45-minute domestic flight, we arrived safe and sound at the Ménara International Airport in Marrakech. It's sure a long and exhausting journey but the excitement of traveling long distance across the continent overwhelmed us.
>> A view from the top of Marrakech <<
>> the Ménara International Airport <<
Marrakech is an ancient city in Morocco. The old city or médina (in local term) of Marrakech has been announced as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Walking around the city, you would definitely notice that the buildings everywhere in the city are painted with almost the same earth-tone orange color as it's the city regulation to use the same color for all the buildings. Hence, the city is known as "Al Hamra" or "the Red City."
>> A quite alley in the médina of Marrakech <<
>> A busy street in Marrakech - the buildings have the same color everywhere <<