Marrakech, 30 minutes in my life…

In October, I hosted a retreat for photographers in Marrakech. A week in a intimate cosy environment where I was joined by 7 wonderful souls and artists to explore the Red City of Morocco.

The retreat was named : L’Ame Vagabonde, “the wondering soul”. It was an invitation to travel and to reconnect with our 5 senses, in order to spark our creativity.

I wanted to share this invitation here, to discover this beautiful city, that I fell in love with, back in 2003, when I did a back-pack road trip of 4 weeks through Morocco. So please follow me as I take you for a tour of the Red City.

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Morning time is always my favorite. I love waking up early, just before sunrise. The city is still asleep. Everything is just silence and stillness. I love to get on the terasse and climb on the roofs to get the best spot for the magnificent show that is about to happen. Sunrises here are simply spectacular. The birds are singing. The sky is slowly putting on the most amazing colors. Going from blue, to grey, to pink, to orange … A treat for the eyes and the soul.

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caroline liabot - photography retreat in marrakech - creative retreat for photographers - travel photography - marrakech retreat- l ame vagabonde

In Riad Aladdin, the beauty of life slowly waking up is striking. The flowers dance in the soft morning light. The walls of the Medina are starting to get their orange shade. Soon, it will be time for coffee.

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caroline liabot - photography retreat in marrakech - creative retreat for photographers - travel photography - riad aladdin marrakech- l ame vagabonde
caroline liabot - photography retreat in marrakech - creative retreat for photographers - travel photography - riad aladdin marrakech- l ame vagabonde

Later on, it’s time for us to get out in the streets. We get to wonder in this coloful, chaotic world. The noise around is sometimes overwhelming, though I find it almost attractive. It is the sign that I am away from home. I am here in this fantastic country and that is enough to make me smile.

Street photography here isn’t always easy. Locals do mind sometimes being photographed. So you need to be patient. To observe. To stay in one place and watch life unfold in front of you, because here in Marrakech, something is always about to happen.

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caroline liabot - photography retreat in marrakech - creative retreat for photographers - travel photography - riad aladdin marrakech- l ame vagabonde
caroline liabot - photography retreat in marrakech - creative retreat for photographers - travel photography - riad aladdin marrakech- l ame vagabonde
caroline liabot - photography retreat in marrakech - creative retreat for photographers - travel photography - marrakech- l ame vagabonde
caroline liabot - photography retreat in marrakech - creative retreat for photographers - travel photography -- l ame vagabonde
caroline liabot - photography retreat in marrakech - creative retreat for photographers - travel photography - marrakech retreat- l ame vagabonde

Finally, comes the evening… After the harsh light, the constant noise, the moving crowd of the city, comes the soft sound of the fountain, the call to the prayer, the lovely smell of the local dishes being prepared for us.

Comes the golden light and the soft shadows on the walls. It is time to breathe. Time to feel. Time to let go …

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caroline liabot - photography retreat in marrakech - creative retreat for photographers - travel photography - marrakech retreat- l ame vagabonde

Here is the end of this little insight to my Marrakech retreat. You can find more images on my IG.

To follow around this loop and discover how the other artists have contributed to this month “30 Min in Life” blog, please follow here and head to Kim Sidwell‘s blog !

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Morocco!!!! How fascinating!!! I feel like I can smell the spices and feel the warm sun from these images. These are so beautiful and inspiring. This must have been a dream workshop!!!

Caroline, what a beautiful capture of the city. I love how you have taken us through the day and shared with us how you captured the senses. The words you use describe it perfectly. You make me want to be there with you. So glad you shared with us this month.

What a glorious set of images! This must have been an amazing trip. The shadows of the flowers and leaves just makes me smile. So beautiful.

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