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Marrakech, Morocco

A maid tidies a room at the Riad al Moussika, a striking mid-19th century dwelling in Marrakech, Morocco, formerly inhabited by a pasha with serious character flaws. (Riad al Moussika)
Guests relax in the interior courtyard of the Riad al Moussika. The open-air feature is a signature of riads, traditional Moroccan homes. (Riad Al Moussika)
With a burgeoning population of about 1million, Marrakech is cleaner and more welcoming to visitors than in the past. (Susan Spano / LAT)
Bab Agnaou is one of the eight city gates in the wall surrounding Marrakech. (Susan Spano)
A landmark pink sandstone tower signifies Koutoubia mosque. (Riad al Moussika)
The Dar Cherifa coffeehouse boasts high, graceful archways, a carved and painted cedar ceiling and intricately patterned stucco. The courtyard is covered with lime tadellakt tile. (Susan Spano / LAT)
A street in the heart of the old city in Marrakech, Morocco, reflects the cleanup campaign by King Mohammed VI that also has also cut down on aggressive vendors. (Susan Spano)
Children mugging for the camera in Marrakech. (Susan Spano / LAT)
Dining al fresco at the Riad al Moussika on the south side of Marrakech’s busy medina. (Susan Spano / LAT)
A henna tattoo artist advertises her skill in Place Jamaa el-Fna, the heart of the Marrakech medina. (Susan Spano / LAT)