13 April 2015

Marrakesh: Twisting medina lanes, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

Marrakesh was everything I thought it would be, and at the same time nothing like I expected. From the moment we landed on Morroccan tarmac there was a feeling in the air I couldn't place. We watched enthralled (fresh from London's metropolis) as we were driven to our hotel past dusky red apartment buildings, locals wandering busy with their day, palm trees planted in sandy roadside shoulders, American Rap billboards and city walls with ancient stone buttresses.

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

Marrakesh seems to be a city of chapters. With a wild and varied history, each corner we turned seemed to yield another version of the North African capital. Traditional Souks filled with hand crafted items and apothecary shops groaning with natural remedies, luxury oasis hotels surrounded by verdant golf courses, dusty red apartment buildings mounted with satellite dishes, bi-lingual locals reflecting the tumultuous history, marble-floored fortresses and tanneries built on hand processing all manner of animal products.

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...
 
Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

After an eon of discussing it, Rebecca and I had finally made it. A few days of exploring, relaxing, experiencing and seeing where we ended up. Sadly, due to possible security risks we felt we had to take a more sensible path than we may have otherwise - some options didn't seem quite right to take based on recent events - but it mean a few more hours in the spa, a few laps in the pool and some serious reading time which was actually much needed.

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

We began with a sweet mint tea, as all good things should...

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

 ...and a beautiful view from our room of the Atlas Mountains that encircle Marrakesh.

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

We alternated between exploring traditional tourist-attracting Palaces heavy with winter orange boughs...

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

...and spoiling ourselves. I mean, why not?

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

The skillful carvings of local craftsmen adorned so many buildings that we ventured into; a cornucopia of exotic patterning, a pictorial history that lent a mysticism of the culture.

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...
 
Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

We explored the twisting maze of the Souk with a local guide, met a carpet seller whose kids went to school in New Zealand (Remuera to be exact), learned to calculate distances by chauffered golf buggies, sat in shocked awe to an Argentine band prancing between our plates and bartered with waiters for off menu delicacies. (More to come on these, don't worry.)

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

And irony of all ironies, at the end a farewell shower of grey, drizzling rain ended our desert escapades.

Marrakesh: Twisting medina, Moroccan Kiwis and golf carts...

I'll be back. Sometime, somehow.

10 comments :

  1. Sometimes a good bit of R&R is just what the doctor ordered! At least it didn't rain until your last day?! Looking forward to hear more about what you got up to - I'm off to Marrakesh in September and I'm looking for all the tips I can get!


    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

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  2. I'm so glad you two finally made it! x

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  3. I'd been looking for to your Marrakesh posts! Don't you just love that distinctive Morrocan architecture that forms those beautiful shapes? It's a shame about the security problems but I'm glad that you got the chance to relax.

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  4. Such beautiful architecture!
    I think that's one of my favourite parts of travel - looking at the different style of houses built.
    Glad the rain held off for you both!

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  5. Everyone seems to have such beautiful Marrakesh posts on their blogs, and now you've just made my Marrakesh envy even worse! It all looks so amazing... #TotallyJelly

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  6. Beautifully written for a beautiful destination. One day I hope to have the chance to visit too.

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  7. Sounds like the perfect relaxing stay - can't wait to hear more :)

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  8. Wow! What an amazing trip. You absolutely have to spoil yourself when you are on vacation! So glad you had a great time!

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  9. As usual, you took beautiful photographs. Sounds like a marvellous trip!

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