Experiencing Jemaa el Fna was mind boggling. To see so many thousands of people was incredible. Certainly there were tourists there, but we felt many were local people, enjoying a warm spring evening. It was fascinating to people watch. Although we couldn't understand the story tellers, watching the expressions on the faces of the older women and men sitting around the actors was unforgetable. A short distance away, young boys that couldn't get through the crowds were watching from above, propped in trees and moving to the music playing loudly for the younger generations. Watching people enjoy the many food offerings was another great experience, especially the ones putting away great quantities of snails! And although the snake charmers and monkey handlers were likely there mostly for the tourists, our young grandson treasures the picture of the monkey that jumped up and sat on his grandfather's head. We did not see any animals being mistreated and certainly didn't feel any of the monkeys were dressed in ways more degrading than some of the ways we have seen people dress their dogs at home. We loved every minute, even went back for more, and never felt we were being unduly pressured (obviously sellers of anything will try to sell their wares), or pushed around. A simple "no thank you" was all we ever needed to say. We didn'd try eating at any of the food stalls on "ground level" but did enjoy sitting outside in the upper restaurants where we had great views of all the goings on and enjoyed light meals and coffee breaks.
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