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  • Rissani, donkey market in 1975
    Rissani, donkey market in 1975
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  • Rissani market 1975, camels
    Rissani market 1975, camels
    by sachara
  • Rissani market in 1975
    Rissani market in 1975
    by sachara

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    Rissani market, camels

    by sachara Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    Rissani market 1975, camels

    Favorite thing: After I found the donkeys in 1975, I found not far from that donkey place the part of the market where the camels were. There were not many camels, but there were some camels anyway.

    What would be a market place at the edge of the desert without camels? For me it was the first time I saw camels at a market. So I got really the feeling to be in the Sahara !

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    Rissani market, donkeys

    by sachara Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    Rissani, donkey market in 1975

    Favorite thing: When I visited Rissani in 1975 I walked from the centre of Rissani a little bit away from the livily area in the direction of the desert. And there I found the donkey market, but also the 'parking lot' of donkeys.

    There is a huge donkey trade in Rissani. Donkeys seemed to be the most important mean of transportation in the small villages in this area. Everywhere in the area where we travelled with our truck we saw many villagers with their donkeys along the roads and in the villages.

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    Rissani market, wool

    by sachara Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    Rissani market in 1975

    Favorite thing: When I came to Rissani the first time in 1975, I enjoyed the exploration of the Rissani market. It was for the first time I visited such a market. For every type of goods or animals was a separate place in the market area.

    So I found a scenic place surrounded by collonades (see picture), a good shelter against sun. Most of the traders brought their own canvas for protection against the burning sun. Or maybe also against the blowing sand ? At this place the traders sold the wool of sheep, but maybe also of goats.

    Fondest memory: In 1975 it was great to walk around in this fascainting world at the edge of the desert, being the only visitor from outside the area.

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    Rissani - a palmtree is like a treasure

    by globetrott Updated Jun 30, 2005

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    Favorite thing: wealthy people have their own palmtree in the garden

    Fondest memory: In our countries in Europe, most people see a tree just as a decoration - but here in the desert a tree is a much more - it is like a treasure - spending shadow and offering dates all year long.
    Therefore it is also NO good idea to eat some of these fruits from the trees, as they all belong to someone and make the income and food for a local family...

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    Rissani - the gate to the desert

    by globetrott Updated Jun 30, 2005

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    Camels in the desert

    Favorite thing: Rissani is one of the last villages, before you will go into the Sahara, and somewhere a bit outside of the village we had a stop and saw this herd of camels.
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    Fondest memory: and the Sahara will not always as sandy as you expect, and also not totally without any vegetation, BUT it is full of a big variety of simple and almost unvisible flowers, plants, bugs and other insects.

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    Trucks being filed with goods

    by johnsakura Written Jun 10, 2003
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    Favorite thing: This time I went to Rissani there was the anual biggest fair. This is the biggest selling place in all southern Morocco and many years ago it was the most imporatnt commrcial city from all north africa. people from mali, senegal and mauritanea used to come here with camels and buy goods to take south to their countries. commercial routes like that has disapeard but even tough its quite big the agitation you see.

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    Rissani

    by globetrott Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Click on the pic to see the fine ornaments

    Fondest memory: Rissani was somehow the most surprising place for me in Maroc - as i never expected such rich ornaments inside a village, almost in the desert...

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    Rissani - fine ornaments

    by globetrott Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I never expected to see such fine arts in a village like Rissani

    Fondest memory: It was inside one of the shops, and was proudly shown to us - the roof is open for fresh air - and rain - if it ever happens a few times a year , was no problem at all, as it disappears into the ground within a very short time

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    Rissani

    by globetrott Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: there is so much to explore - and some of the houses offer a path with covered arcades to be protected against the sun

    Fondest memory: In the brochure of the tour-company I read, that they recommend to wear a warm jacket in the Sahara - it sounded so funny, but is absolutely the best you may do - I had my winter-jacket and was protected against the hot sun - and the steady wind, that would have dried out the skin within a short time.
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    and also the locals had their warm Chellabahs...

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    Rissani - great architecture

    by globetrott Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: many of the houses in Rissani look really unique with a shady inner-court and great ornaments on the houses
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    Fondest memory: This was the court of one of the shops I had been to in order to buy my 2 Camel-bags.
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    Just entering a private area like this on your own might be a problem - although most of them will not have gates in front
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    But tourists will always be surrounded by kids, offering "tours" through their town, and they will know, where tourists will be accepted for a short look into the private "gardens" & courts

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    Rissani - not bad for shopping

    by globetrott Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: at many places around Maroc I was searching for "Camel Bags" - those are big bags, made like a KILIM

    On the front you see the pattern - and each tribe has its own pattern

    On the back it is mostly just wide stripes of different colors.

    "Camel Bags " were used for the transportation of all goods, the nomads had to transport, when they moved from one place to the other.

    They were attached to the saddle of the camels...

    Fondest memory: Here in Rissani I found the best examples of these bags - and more than I could afford - while in the rest of Maroc I always asked in vain for "Camel-bags"

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    Rissani - if you need a dentist...

    by globetrott Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Well, maybe this is rather a "shopping-tip" if you are looking for some great new teeth...
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    Click on the pic and make your coice - my favorite is the one on top with the nice heart-ornament ;-))

    Fondest memory: I saw some of these windows, while in Maroc - and I also saw dentists "working" on " Djema El Fna " (The big square, where you see artists,fairy-tellers,snake-charmers... )in Marrakech, where they work on a big square, pulling out teeth and doing repairs in the square - but I did not dare to take a pic...

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    Rissani - almost in the Sahara

    by globetrott Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Rissani - a small village where the Sahara "starts"

    Fondest memory: Most of the houses are built by clay and straw and the village is surrounded by a wall, as the steady wind would outherwise blow the sand into the streets...

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    The desert - MUCH more than just "nothing"

    by globetrott Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: What amazed me most was the fact, that the desert has so many small flowers and animals, when you simply look for them - and whenever some rain would fall once or twice a year, certain flowers appear for several hours or days and disappear again until the next rainy days...

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    The Souqs 1

    by johnsakura Updated Jun 10, 2003
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    Favorite thing: these are the souqs of Rissani seen from a upper view. Go inside don't worry be friendly to people. always answer a simile with another smile.

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