TAKE ME TO... MOROCCO ~CHAPTER 2~
Chapter two... Marrakech and Essaouira
We are really excited to share with you something that is such a huge part of tigerlily… our travels and adventures. This trip took us wandering amidst a spice market in a Moroccan souk to forbidden harems and mountain villages.
We want to share the bits and pieces our cameras capture..the images that inspire us and provoke our design.
see/do: Jemma El Fna- the famous square of Marrakech even more crazy then imaginable…go there to eat at little food stalls, drink Pamplemousse (pink grapefruit) juice and get chased by henna ladies, snake charmers and the general crazies that hang in the square trying to make money off tourists.
Visit the Souks in the Medina...the endless tunnels and squares that house the Souks ‘a market place selling everything from nuts and spice to clothing and home-wares’. Best buys are spices, home-wares and antique tribal jewellery.
Marjorelle gardens- was the home of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge… it houses the Yves saint Laurent memorial and museum as well as hundreds of rare plants (mainly cactus) from all over the world…
Harem of Palais Dar Si Said- Not the most popular of the Palaces but the collection of textiles and jewellery is by far the most stunning. Slip the guard 50 Dirhams for a private viewing of the sacred harem to see incredible mosaic work and hand-painted ornate ceilings. No cameras allowed...oops, just be quick!
stay: 'Riad al Massarah' owned by the lovely Michael and Michel, Expats English and French respectively now residing in this hidden oasis. Modern yet traditional Moroccan interiors with all the mod-cons including a Hammam and a plunge pool that you will need if travelling in July-August. http://www.riadalmassarah.com
Eat: the in-house chef at Riad Al Massarah makes the most amazing ‘Bachelor beef Tajine’ traditionally prepared for buck parties the beef is slow cooked for 8 hours under the Hammam and served with mountains of fluffy cous cous…delish.
Tip: alcohol is hard to come by in the medina, there is an expat bar called Kosybar not far from the square that has a roof top looking out over the city with fabulous views and great cocktails.
We do love a 'door in door' and this was just one of so many in the old Medina...
stay: ‘Villa Maroc’ divine interiors with more kilim rugs and Berber cushions that you can dream of, each room colour themed in traditional Moroccan textiles. http://www.villa-maroc.com/
see/do: shop the narrow maze that is the UNESCO world heritage Medina, Have a camel ride on the beach and buy as many rugs as you can carry!!! I had 50kg's...
eat: Elizir (Our favourite restaurant in all of Morocco, book ahead!) they must have been former retro antique dealers due to the eclectic almost obsessive compulsive collection of vinyls, novelty items like a 'lobster phone' and ships in bottles a feast for the senses... 1 derb agadir medina, Essaouira, Morocco ph. 024 47 21 03
CHAPTER 3 COMING SOON! we venture out of the cities for highs of the Atlas mountains and the depths of the Sahara desert...Sarah & Amelia Xx