Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel independently whenever I can. But there are certain times when a helping hand is not only appreciated, but downright necessary. My arrival in Marrakech was one of those times. The “amazing maze” of alleyways – as my hilariously entertaining and highly knowledgable guide Abdullah from Moroccan tour company By Prior Arrangement called them – can completely beguile newcomers like me to the city. So I was only too happy to chase him through the madness and let him show me the secrets of this gloriously chaotic corner of the globe, meeting artisans, learning about the souk’s history, and salivating over the gorgeous lanterns, handcrafted leather bags and shoes and exotic textiles as I went. I hope you enjoy our adventure.