Thursday, 13 December 2012

Marrakech - Part One

A few weeks ago Joe and I decided we fancied a christmas break, somewhere a bit different and where we could have cultured fun. A few days ago we hopped on the plane at London Gatwick and after a few hours flying we landed in Marrakech, Morocco. 

We arrived to blue skies and hundreds of terracotta buildings.

We were dropped in the medina (the old city) as close as possible to our Riad and were taken by a porter through the little alleyways and cobbled streets. These aren't the smart porters that come dressed in uniform with suitcase trolleys instead they are dressed in rags with huge wheelbarrows they chuck your cases in. 

We arrived at our Riad, which from the exterior was a a big black door sunken slightly into a brick wall with an A4 sign saying 'Dar El Souk'. This was the last thing that I had expected, it didn't look big enough to be a shop let alone the place we were staying. However, the door opened and we were greeted by a lovely elderly English lady and taken into a beautiful Alladin's Cave. Riads are very different from hotels as they are converted Morroccon houses, normally family owned, and have around 8-10 rooms so tend to be more personal and intimate. They are very traditional within primarily Islamic countries and so the outside attempts to show no wealth and have no windows, being as simple as possible.

We started our trip with homemade chocolate truffles and mint tea then decided to dump our bags and began exploring. We decided to check out the main plaza DJeema El Fna first.


A huge open square in the centre of the medina, filled with snake charmers, monkeys (sadly with no tails) and donkeys carrying heavy loads. But the real buzz is hidden in the huge maze of Souk's that surround the square in the ruins of the medina. Cotton, leather, spices, kaftans and shoes are all grouped together in market stalls. That was when the bargaining  began; it's not easy, I'm a small blonde girl and have 'Tourist' written on my head, but with Joe's amazing French I managed to barter down a cute little silver tea set to a quarter of the original asking price, which probably made it just fair.


We are planning on ways to bring this cutie home... Save Shecky!


Both being very overwhelmed by our first experience of Marrakech, we decided to take a trip away from the hustle and bustle to the Majorelle Gardens, a respite from the busy city streets. Plenty of plants and romantic walkways but we were a little too immature to be somewhere so quiet. Joe ended up trying to pick flowers for me (sweetie) and I got over excited about the fish.



Got myself a little hat.



 The garden also contained a memorial for Yves Saint Laurent and a museum too. I read a biography on him a few summers ago and he is an extremely talented man!


After a day rich in culture, we headed to one of Marrakech's nicest restaurants, Azar. We were treated to some traditional Morroccon food full of flavour. The mezzes to start were delicious - we had mince stuffed in a thin bread and some lamb sausages. For main our first tagine in Morocco, with preserved lemon, green olives and currents mopped up with freshly baked bread.


After dinner we headed up to their balcony/bar area for shisha and cards.

Me showing off my 'O's :-)


More Moroccan madness to come!

Kelly xx

34 comments:

  1. Υοu are very beautiful and sweet! :*

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  2. great photos!
    this place looks amazing!:)

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  3. great photo:)
    amazing place:)

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  4. oh,it's my dream to visit Marrakech


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    1. It was so lovely, hope your dream comes true!

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  5. SO insanely jealous. Looks beyond gorgeous, and so do you!

    xo
    Nicole
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  6. yummy, awesome picture, must be so nice there! ♥ enjoy!
    kisses from

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  7. Love the photos! the turtles are too cute :)

    xoxo, Tiffany
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  8. Love your post! enjoy
    kisses from Spain

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  9. Amazing Places! Lovely Garden and Museum :)

    kisses ♡

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  10. lucky you! this looks like an unbelievable trip. so nice to try different ethnic foods. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  11. Great photos!!! The food looked amazing. :)

    xo - Sheila
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  12. Beautiful pics it looks like a lovely trip! We travel to Spain every few years and have always talked about making the quick trip to Morocco!

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  13. WoW! Amazing trip! I would love to do the same! Adorable!!!! I follow you, and waiting for you follow me back:) Have a good weekend with your family and friends and some cakes:)

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  14. Great photos!

    xo Jennifer

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  15. This looks so beautiful! I've never been to Maroc but I would love to go! It must be such a beautiful place!
    xx

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  16. Great pictures! Looks very fun!
    OFC I'd love to follow each other! I am now followign you on Bloglovin! I am sorry for replying so late. I have been very busy these past weeks :(
    Hope you come back soon!
    xx

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  17. very ınterestıng pıctures!

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  18. looks like a fab trip. I'm following hope you follow back x

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  19. Beautiful pictures - this is such a stunning place! I love all the colors and culture! Happy weekend :)
    <3
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  20. I've always say this to the blogs I've read where I'm seeing pictures of different parts of the world. It's like me traveling myself. And this adds to it. This is such a wonderful place and must be visit! You're lucky to have a chance to visit there. Lovely photos!

    xx
    ellie
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  21. What a vibrant trip! Definitely should have taken a tortoise home. Mine is a much loved part of the family! xx

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  22. Beautiful pictures!!!
    kisses

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  23. Absolutely LOVE the Majorelle gardens, would love some Yves Klein blue walls in my life one day! Want to follow each other? x
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  24. lovely pictures!!! you are very beautiful !!!

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  25. It looks Beautiful! I really want to visit the Yves Saint Laurent memorial/museum. Also you too are so cute together.

    xoxo Aimee
    http://anfnewsnow.blogspot.com/2012/12/an-and-hollister-girl-in-america.html

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  26. Amazing photos, it must have been wonderfull trip.


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  27. Very beautiful pictures! Wonderful places)

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  28. Yves Saint Laurent died not he was an extremely talented man not ,,he is''!!! You read about him!

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