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Scenes from Marrakech

December 15, 2014

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So here is the last post from our trip to Marrakech. I thought I’d share some photos that we took while just walking around the city, from the Koutoubia Mosque, Djemaa el Fna square and the local market and little alleyways we had to walk through to get to our Riad. We were suprised at how safe we always felt walking around Marrakech, and to see so many small children just walking around by themselves through tiny dark alleyways late at night. Even walking around late at night, we felt so safe wherever we went (though make sure to watch out for pickpockets and beggars in the main square).

Although Marrakech’s main attraction is the souks at Djemaa el Fna square, we visited on our first day and really were not keen on it and made a quick escape back out haha! I’m sure it would have been much better with a guide (my parents had a guide when they visited and they really enjoyed it), but the vendors are pretty keen to make a sale and will try anything. One thing I would definitely recommend is stopping in the square for some freshly squeezed orange juice. It was seriously the most amazing orange juice I have ever tried and at roughly 25p (4dh) for a glass you can’t really go wrong! (It was that amazing that we walked the 25 minute round trip from our riad in the rain one night just to get some fresh juice haha). Oh be sure to try a Moroccan Salad – it’s kind of similar to a tomato bruschetta topping, but with coriander and a couple spices. It was amazing!

At night the square turns into a massive street food area, with the locals all out playing games and charming snakes. Sadly it was pouring with rain when we visited so only a couple stalls braved the weather, but we ended up passing on that too haha (yup, we were those kinds of tourists haha). It was pretty overwhelming, though it was definitely an experience not to miss.

Overall, my top places to visit around Marrakech was Jardin Majorelle and our trip to the Ouzoud Falls! I just wish I’d have been for a hammam experience or even just a massage – I’ve heard they’re amazing experiences.

Have you been to Morocco/Marrakech? What did you think? What were your favourite parts?

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    Weekend Wonders
    December 22, 2014 at 9:25 am

    This is so dreamy! I’ve never been to Marrakech but this is one of these places that have been popping up on a lot of blogs recently and it’s really making me want to go. That’s the power of blogging: making people discover new places πŸ™‚ I’ve just had a look at your Jardin Majorelle post and it looks INCREDIBLE! So I’d definitely start there πŸ™‚ xx

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      April
      December 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Yea I’ve noticed that with a lot of blogs lately too – I think it was the same with Iceland last year; everyone seemed to be visiting it haha! Marrakech really isn’t that big at all so if you do visit, I’d recommend only a couple of days, but Jardin Majorelle is a must!
      Have a great week!
      xo April

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    Andrea
    December 23, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Loving your pictures! Morocco looks incredible. I’d love to go there.

    http://www.thefancyfashioncastle.blogspot.com

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      April
      December 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      It definitely was a great experience. I’d recommend a visit if you ever get the chance!
      xo April

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    Hoda
    December 28, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Ahh! I love these photos so very much!
    I went to Morocco last summer for 3 weeks and it was so breathtaking, and your photos are giving my memories new life! Are you currently in Morocco? I’m studying abroad for a quarter in morocco in less than 2 weeks! I am so excited to go back πŸ™‚
    These photos are way too stunning!

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad

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      April
      December 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      That sounds amazing! I’d have loved to have got the chance to study abroad – I hope you enjoy it! We’re no longer in Morocco, but it was a great little break!
      xo April

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    Mario
    December 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Hi April !

    We hope that everything is fine for you !
    We saw your pictures on Instagram a few days ago and we decided to put a link to your blog on our facebook page. Hope you don’t mind ! If you do, please feel free to tell us.

    We hope that you keep good memories of your stay in Morocco and in our house πŸ™‚

    We wish you in advance a Happy New Year !!
    Please say hello to shane from us.

    Mario & Maxime
    Riad Helen

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      April
      December 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Hi!!
      We hope you guys are well – we’re both doing good thanks! Oh and thanks for sharing my post on Facebook! πŸ™‚
      We had such an amazing stay at the Riad (I keep meaning to do a review on tripadvisor, but have been so busy with Christmas)! It was such a great place to stay and you were both always so helpful and made us feel right at home! If we ever get the chance to visit Marrakech again we’ll definitely contact you guys!
      Happy New Year to you both!
      xo April

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    Weekend Wonders
    January 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Looks like you’ve had quite a year! I love your photos <3 So glad I've come across your blog. You now have a new follower πŸ™‚

    Oh and I can understand why you love the Portland Bill Lighthouse so much; we have one that looks almost exactly the same in Norfolk, UK and it’s my favourite too. It’s so pretty with the red and white stripes. xx

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      Weekend Wonders
      January 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      And I’ve just realised I’ve been on your blog before! haha

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    sustainable and the city
    January 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    i feel very overwhelmed looking through your beautiful photos of marrakech here. i went to morocco five years ago and had such a spiritual connection to the place. it’s so lovely to see it fresh, through another person’s eyes.

    the jardin marjorelle is so beautiful, no? and my sister and i got lost in the souks! you’ll have to go back too – the hammam i had in todgra gorges was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. going to check out your other morocco posts now!

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