My 5: Marrakech.

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1. Jemaa el-Fnaa, October 2008. When most people think of Marrakech, the first image that comes to mind is the city’s incredible market square, Jemaa el-Fnaa. Buzzing with activity morning, day and night; there are smoky food stalls, flashy restaurants, cosy cafes, colorful fabric shops and persistent hawkers flogging all manner of souvenirs. Amid the bustling crowds, you’ll need to battle your way through the many tourists… fend off the annoying henna girls… sympathise with the monkeys chained to their trainers… admire the local musicians… keep an eye open for pickpockets… and perhaps, like me, stop for a look at one of the circles of flute-playing snake charmers.

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