The colours of Morocco

Every single one of my trips begins in my head: What am I looking forward to the most? What am I hoping to see? In Morocco it was the colours. Deserts – beige, Marrakesh – colourful, Atlas mountains – grey. This is what I envisaged in my mind. What else will I get to see? To be completely honest, even though the famous “Djemaa el Fna” souk in Marrakesh is wonderfully colourful, I feel as though I saw lots more colours and diversity throughout the rest of the country. The slowness, people’s connection to nature and animals, and desert expanses inspired and fascinated me.
The colours of Morocco
He who left to find freedom

He who left to find freedom

Hi, I’m Gürel Sahin. I’m 36 and a landscape photographer from Kaiserslautern. My “first time” photographing was when I was in the Dolomites – I was completely captivated by the mix of green meadows, turquoise lakes, forests and rock formations. Different lighting conditions, times of the year or day give each motif a new character and make photographing landscapes fantastically varied. There is also the adventure of spending days and nights outdoors, enjoying the freedom and reaching your physical limits. That’s what makes my job one of the best in the whole world!

He who left to find freedom
He who left to find freedom
He who left to find freedom
He who left to find freedom

“Those who have never stayed overnight in the desert have missed the most wonderful starry sky in the world. Pack up your sleeping bag and be amazed.”

Gürel Sahin, 36

To be fortunate enough to sense happiness.

My most important tips for a trip through Morocco: don’t underestimate the distances. The roads are often so dreadful that you’re on the go for long periods of time. Also, try to learn a few French phrases (Arabic is even better), because there’s hardly anyone who speaks English here. But then you’re all set – you can look forward to green and luxuriant landscape in the north, which is similar to that in Tuscany, the unique sandy deserts and the breathtaking rugged Atlas mountains. Morocco is a paradise for discoverers, backpackers and photographers. Important: don’t forget warm clothes for nights in the mountains and desert! A fleece is worth its weight in gold!
My highlight was the little town of Chefchaouen in the north of the country. The entire old town, the Medina, is painted light blue. Together with the sun, the clay soil and the lush trees, it creates a unique array of colours.

Away from the tourist areas, lots of people in Morocco live very simply, but still seem calm and relaxed, and the children are happy. This poses the age-old question: what do you really need to be happy?

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