31 January 2013

holiday memories: marrakech

A few highlights from our trip to Marrakech.. 

♥ Lazing in the sun by the pool with cocktails ♥ Visiting the Koranic school, Ben Youssef Medersa, to see the elaborate wood carvings Eating alongside the locals at the night market, the largest open-air restaurant in the world - once the stallholders realised we were British they would shout out things like "Alright geezer" and "Are you starvin' like Marvin?" and "Jamie Oliver's cooking here tonight!" Seeing the ruins of El Badi Palace and watching the storks make their nests in the corners Drinking fresh mint tea at every opportunity Stumbling upon a high-end photoshoot in one of the back streets ♥ Finding our way along hidden passages that ended up at the Saadien Tombs The food - incredible tagines with apricots, chickpea soups, lemony olives and warm breads with tomato sauce ♥ Watching acrobats, storytellers, monkey trainers and snake charmers in Jemaa el Fna The souks, filled with leather goods, glasswares, herbs and ceramics - I had so much fun bartering with the shopkeepers Checking out the traditional crafts in the stunning palace that is home to the Marrakech Museum ♥ A trip to the Ensemble Artisanal to see the craftsmen in their workshops Standing beneath La Koutoubia mosque, the tallest building in Marrakech ♥ Being able to see the snow-covered Atlas Mountains from wherever we stood ♥ Wandering around the exotic Majorelle Gardens and seeing Yves Saint Laurent's 'Love' gallery nestled in amongst the plants ♥ Catching a lift on a caleche - seeing the sights of the city on a horse-drawn carriage ♥ Watching the sun set over the marketplace ♥ Trying snail soup (well, I picked out one snail..)

And a few of our pictures, if you'd like to see..

I didn't get to take as many pictures as I would have liked - photography seems to be frowned upon in Marrakech - but I hope I've given you an idea of how beautiful and exciting this city is. The difference between our calm, luxurious and all-inclusive hotel and the bustling, poverty-stricken, never-sleeping city was bizarre; it took time to adjust to each and I felt like I was in a dream but I had absolutely the best time and could easily have stayed another week to carry on exploring!


Rhiannon said...

It looks beauutiful! I'd love to go there one day, when I feel more adventurous. What kind of stuff did you buy? I could happily fill my house with those kinds of colours and patterns.

Ali said...

Stunning photographs. The Moroccan designs are beautiful and so intricate. And your food looks lovely. Looks like you had a wonderful time.
Ali x

Mrs Jones said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday and your photos are amazing!

Helen Woodward said...

@Rhiannon: you should definitely go one day, just make sure you have lots of energy for trouping round the souks and are good at saying "No!" to pushy shopkeepers :) We hardly spent any money but managed to buy a beautiful ceramic bowl, a honey drizzler thing made from lemon tree wood, some boots like in the picture above and some little pastel-coloured porcelain bowls. Oh and some fake Ray-bans! Hx

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