Monday, January 26, 2015

In a Moroccan Mood

I have always been intrigued by the exoticism and mystery of Morocco. My mind has been filled with images of the jewel like colors found in the architecture and interiors, the heady scents of jasmine and orange blossoms, the frenzied crowds in the Medina and Souks and of course the flavors of tagine, couscous, pastilla, preserved lemons and bright and delicious salads. 

So when David and I were trying to decide on where to go for our next big trip it didn't take us long to decide on Morocco. After traveling in Europe, which we love of course, we concluded that we wanted to experience something entirely different. Something that would capture and inspire our imaginations and provide us with experiences unlike any we have ever known. 

We are beginning our journey in Marrakech, where we are staying at the El Fenn.  After several days there we will continue on to Fez and the Hotel Sahrai. One cannot think of Morocco without conjuring up images of the private worlds of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre BergĂ© in Marrakech and Tangier. Magical worlds created in collaboration with Bill Willis, Madison Cox and of course Jacques Grange. The first place on my list to visit in Marrakech is the Majorelle Gardens where I cannot wait to take in the lushness of the gardens and the vibrant colors of the Villa itself. 

I would love to hear any suggestions on must see's, must reads, shopping and restaurants as we continue our preparations for our upcoming trip.

Villa Oasis, Marrakech

Photos - Marianne Hass

Photos - Bill Willis

Photos - Marianne Haas

Jardin Majorelle

Villa Mabrouka, Tangier

Photos - Nicolas Matheus

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