mint tea at the Café des Epices
Let’s get back to my trip to Marrakesh, I’ve been telling you how I fell in love with this city. I’m now sharing with you a few pictures and my addresses.
I spent 5 days in Marrakesh, the purpose of this trip was for me to rest, recharge my batteries with sunshine, get away… and this trip totally fulfilled my expectations,200%.
The weather was particularly good, between 93.2°F and 95°F every day, I was able to enjoy the pool. The sun rays weren’t as strong as in the summer, my little boy was able to stay in the sun by the pool with good sunscreen and a hat on of course, but he wasn’t bothered by the heat.
I flew to Marrakesh from Paris CDG on a EasyJet flight, I had no problem. Lino had his own seat on the plane, which wasn’t full, whether it was on the outward on return trip. That’s the advantage of going on vacation out of school breaks.
On site, I mainly got around in a cab or with the hotel’s driver (I plan on writing a post about the hotel next week). It’s just impossible to find a baby seat so you have to be okay with keeping your child on your lap, with your seatbelt fastened of course. I always reminded the driver to be extra careful. It’s a risk, you have to know it, but we sincerely didn’t have one scare during the 5 days.
As I wanted to rest, I stayed half of the day at the hotel by the pool and the other half visiting the city.
I spent a lot of time in the medina, in the souks. I love this atmosphere, the smells, the noises and the lights. The people are so nice, maybe even so when you’re with a child. Lino got all sorts of little attentions while we were there : pieces of fruit, or people spontaneously taking him in their arms. I was really touched by that.
Of course, you’ll find anything in souks, but I personally advise you to turn towards the craftsmen. Stop by the ones who weave, work on metal, carve the wood. I found this part to be the most beautiful.
Don’t be afraid to get lost inside these markets, someone will always point you in the right direction, or you’ll just have to look up to follow the indications.
Some of you have asked me if I had changed the way I dress. The answer is no, I wasn’t alone, maybe men look at me differently when you have a baby with you. I still avoided big cleavages or bare thighs, I took knee-length dresses. Well, someone still offered to trade me for 20 camels, Gazelle that I am. Everything remains really friendly.
I also recommend the medina to find something to eat, day or night. I ate lunch outside twice, I’ll leave the addresses for you below the pictures.
Souvenirs wise, I brought back some spices, some tea, new generation oriental slippers (white patent leather, crazy), some powder kohl, some solid perfume. I restrained myself a little bit because I already had a lot of stuff from my previous trips to Morocco. I also recommend all the oriental beauty products (soft soap, argan oil, etc.)
I went on a carriage ride with my son, I think I had the happiest little boy in the world next to me. You can find horses on the Jemaa El Fna square, allow around 15€ for a 45 minutes ride, to be bargained.
One last thing, don’t hesitate to go in these restaurants that have rooftop terraces, it’s magical. You overlook the entire city, there’s wind during the day to cool yourself off, and at night the lights are wonderful.
Finally, for those who, like me, are scared to death of the snakes in Jemaa El Fna square, don’t worry, you can totally avoid them, people don’t spontaneously put them on your shoulders. It’s silly but I had nightmares about them, snakes are a true phobia of mine.
There you go, I’m leaving you with my pictures that will certainly make you travel as much as me. I have only one desire, go back to Marrakesh very soon !!
a oriental pastries salesman in the souk
the terrace of the Nomad from the Café des Epices
The Nomad Restaurant
An almond and orange blossom milk at the café in the Majorelle Garden
An outfit I was wearing when visiting the medina : Cos dress, Poupée Rousse necklace, Céline The Perfect Closet sandals
A few addresses :
To eat•Restaurant NOMAD Rahba Kedima Médina de Marrakech – •Café des Epices 75 Rahba Lakdima Médina de Marrakech – •Restaurant Al Fassia 55, boulevard Zerktouni Guéliz, Marrakech – •Restaurant Le Jardin 32, souk El jeld. Sidi Abdelaziz Médina de Marrakech To visit: – Le Jardin Marjorelle To sleep : – Hôtel Murano Resort Palmeraie Marrakech link