Monday, April 24, 2017
El Fenn is a restored riad, tucked away down a quiet street in the Medina.
Vanessa Branson, owner of colorful Riad El Fenn, launched the Marrakech Biennale in 2009 and has filled the riad with select pieces from her private art collection.
Drenched in all colours of the souk. Bedrooms overlook a courtyard shaded by orange trees, while the rooftop restaurant, where the two of us had a delicious and romantic lunch, has a panoramic view of the city.
Friday, April 21, 2017
On the last day of our family & friends trip to Marrakech, we visited Palais Bahia.
Bahia Palace is a palace with lush walled gardens and pavilions, located in the medina of Marrakesh.
It was built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time.
The name means "brilliance" and was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style.
Painted wooden doors and ceilings and beautiful tiles everywhere.
One of the best elements of the Bahia Palace is the large courtyard, tiled with white marble and zellige tiles.
The oldest part of the palace (Dar Si Moussa) is my favorite, with a courtyard and a central garden with several fountains and cypress, orange, jasmine and banana trees. You should smell the orange blossom...
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Getting to the Ourika river from the city takes about an hour by taxi.
From there to exquisite Kasbah Bab Ourika, through Berber villages and along bumby mountain roads is a spellbinding journey.
The road ends on the top of the hill with an amazing view on the Ourika valley at the foot of the High Atlas mountains.
Behind the high fortress wall, you find paradise.
An amazing hotel and restaurant around two courtyards. On the tables you will find fresh flowers from the garden.
The terraces offer great views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains.
When you walk to the end of the garden, you end up in the vegetable garden, it's stunning!
Every time I visit this place, I feel so happy. This time it was even more special, because I brought my family and friends.
We had a wonderful day.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
It has become a tradition to make a stop at the Ourika river when we are on our way to the Atlas Mountains.
To take a foot bath in the icy meltwater from the mountains for enthusiasts. Our brave friend Jeroen even walked to the middle of the river.
Also a visit to the dear old merchant, where I once bought my first moroccan tajine and some plastic laundry baskets, for the large terracotta pots in our garden. This time I found a beautiful brightly colored flat berber basket.
There's always a lot of activity in the town along the Ourika river. It is the last place to buy 'whatever' before you go into the mountains.
After a short stop (for a foot bath, some shopping and a mother-son portrait), we all got back in the minibus for a bumpy ride to our final destination Kasbah Bab Ourika, in the mountains.