Just a couple of weeks ago, I was very fortunate to be taken on a wonderful trip to Marrakech with my family. The overwhelming levels of the way of life there were incredible and indescribable, a sensation only believable once you have experienced it. Involvement in their lifestyle is definitely an experience… I would definitely recommend a taxi ride! Even though you may find a foreign taxi ride a little off putting, I can assure you that the majority of taxis there are legit. Anyway, the taxi rides may have been one of the most exciting parts of my ‘Marrakech adventure’, dare I say. The craziness is surreal! It was just like being on a film-set! In one of my taxis, the speedometer wasn’t working… with the windows down and the radio on full blast (may I mention this was in pitch black), what an experience that was to remember! Don’t let me put you off! This sensation I am talking about is felt in the Medina (the walled city), where Marrakech comes to life. A combination of the contrasting fashion to what is ‘normal’ for much of the world’s population and interior design is significantly recognized. Marrakech, the capital city of Morocco, has a combination of Arab influences and traditional Berber (the people of North Africa). Despite this, a significant and totally unique style is conveyed throughout this fascinating city. The architecture, design and detail let alone the magnificent colours, is something that you simply do not find anywhere else.
We shopped and browsed in the stunning souks (the market streets and alleyways) which seem secretly hidden away from the more lively open air section of the Medina. It is not the easiest place to shop, as many stalls are repetitive and difficult to find, but incredibly exciting – the pieces of jewellery, specific accessories and traditional Moroccan souvenirs are spectacular to view and possibly buy (that would be after bartering -negotiating down the prices by almost a third!). On my last day I found this beautiful necklace, a silver chain with a stunning silver detailed main piece with warm blue beads and turquoise circular charms. I have photographed it on a tie-dye throw that I bought in Ibiza at one of the hippie markets, Es Cana.
During my relaxing break from reality, I knew I had to visit the magical garden, Jardin Majorelle. Designed in the 1920s and 30s by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle, it remains a popular attraction high today. The garden has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé since 1980 and Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden after his death in 2008. As you can see below, the variety of plants that live in this magical garden is extraordinary. Some come from all over Africa whilst others from Asia.