I’m writing this at my desk, with a cup of lukewarm tea beside me (and no hobnobs since my brother ate the last one) remembering that a couple of months ago I was drinking mint tea in our Riad in Marrakech (I was also in Japan just 2 weeks ago, but more on that later.)
We haven’t had a family holiday in years and we were there for four days and managed to tick off everything on our to-do list. We explored the historic palaces, rode camels and explored the vibrant souks, haggling as best as we could.
Musee de Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle was incredible; bold colours, hundreds of species of plants everywhere and fountains. The garden was designed by Jacques Marjorelle in the 1920s and 30s and restored by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergen. After YSL’s death in 2008, Pierre scattered his ashes here.
I’ve always wanted to ride a camel, but no one really tells you how uncomfortable it is and how sore you get! We rode an hour through the outskirts of the desert to a Moroccan village where we were served mint tea and pancakes before riding back.
My camel was called Zitoune!
One of the highlights was visiting the Ouzoud Waterfalls. It takes about 3.5 hours to get there from the centre of Marrakech, and I wondered why I was putting myself through this on the journey there, but after getting out of the car, all my trepidations disappeared.
After our trek and boat ride, we had a small lunch before getting a chance to feed the monkeys. What I didn’t anticipate was having a monkey jump onto my back in an attempt to scrounge the bag of nuts out of my hands or have two monkeys try to climb up my legs!
The main market square was huge and completely hectic; the food stalls came out at night and the smells were tantalising. We went down to the market several times since we were staying so close to it, but I still don’t think we managed to see everything! You could find everything from the expected colourful ceramics, lanterns, Argan oil and leather bags to the slightly more bizarre snakeskin. Surprisingly, I managed to get my bartering skills out and managed to get most of the prices down to something slightly more acceptable.
How could I forget the food?
Tagine, the famous dish of Morocco!
Marrakech was an amazing adventure; fantastic sights, vibrant food and lovely people (TAKE ME BACK!)
Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!