Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Souks, Stripes and Slippers



The other day I noticed again how many stripes there were in Marrakech.
Stripes in shop awnings.
Stripes in people's djellabahs - though I didn't yet get any photos of those...yet...but I will.
Striped cats.......
Here in the souks, the afternoon sun slants through wooden slats....



and lands on red slippers.............
and more red slippers
and fezes (called tarbooshes really).
I want to buy one, but no one in my family would wear it.



The light is so strong and bright that most shops have fabric awnings to cut down its power and glare.
Here on rue riad Zitoun Djedid..............



Here on derb Dabachi.............



Light stripes and slippers in the same picture........
I have black slippers with bobbles right now. I've bought lots of others for friends. Shocking pink and orange, blue and green.
I don't like the pointed ones much - not for me anyway.
We once bought sparkly little slippers for my daughter in law's twin neices.
They were a major hit.



Sylvia from Holland was very restrained.
She only bought a little packet of mixed spices so a friend could make her a tagine.
She resisted all the other temptations around her.



As well as the slippers, I like the floor tiles. The simple, universal black and white checker board is best.

16 comments:

Marja said...

Hi Elizabeth. What a lovely colours and I am so delighted to see Sylvia. I haven't seen her in a few years.
The last time she was travelling in Australia and she came down to New zealand especially in the weekend to meet up with me. She is a great person Thanks so much

Barbara said...

It takes a photographer to come up with an idea like this.

You are right swimming here can take the breath away. Even in the shummer in the sea. I love it though.

sukipoet said...

Man, Sylvia is a miracle. NO way I could resist so many lovely things. Love the idea of looking for stripes and your wonderful artist's eye to see them.

Kitem said...

I remember some times ago I bought orange slippers while visiting a friend in Rabat, I wear them sometimes, just for fun, they are not very convenient.
Your stripes and slippers photos are great.

razzler said...

These are great photos - I wish I had such talent with a camera!

carolyn said...

Very restrained indeed I would have to take out a second mortgage!

Frank Gardner said...

I love you pics of the light coming through the wooden slats in the roof of the markets. On this and the other posts.
I'd love an awning like that for my shop, but they won't let us put them. Keeping the town historic looking and all.

travelingmama said...

I'm a huge fan of the slippers too! I have given many as gifts and so far everyone has loved them!

willow said...

Oh, I love fezs sp? (or is fez plural, too?) ha-ha You should buy one and wear it yourself! :)

Paz said...

I like all the stripes -- man made and nature made. Very cool! I think I could do a lot of shopping there, although I'm not much of a shopper. ;-)

Paz

rochambeau said...

What beautiful Babouche!
I adore them!
Would love to meet up in June!!
xo
Constance

High Desert Diva said...

I don't think I could have resisted the slippers. I think one in every color combo...

Honour said...

Ah, the slippers, the slippers! I did buy (and still have) the neutral colored slippers, but how I wish I bought the red ones. I know it seems that you are overloaded with colour there, but when you come back to North America --- colour is so much needed!

Willow said...

It looks like one of the alleys in LA's Fashion District!

M.KATE said...

i live all the shoes..colourful but what i love the most is how you capture the sun shining through the stripes, very artistic!!

Celeste said...

Hi Elizabeth... wonderful photos especially the still lifes you arrange... love, Celeste