Greetings from this wonderful part of the world! I am very excited to share my experience in Marrakech with you all.
It was my first time in Morocco and, although I had seen it in pictures, I can safely say that reality exceeded all my expectations about it. I found beauty in every corner, in every tile, in every street and market, in every human... I just loved it!
We stayed in a lovely Riad called Chez de l'Africain - a welcoming, cozy and well-decorated guest-home owned by a friendly French guy called Luc. He was super kind during the whole of our stay and helped us with taxis and recommendations as well as providing us with a great breakfast in the morning! Such a feast!! - thank you - . The building was beautifully decorated with a nice patio in the middle, which was perfect for chilling in the morning or evening when it wasn't too hot. Our room was just like a "Love Nest", as Luc describes it, and it was the most adorable room I have ever stayed in.
Our first experience in the Medina was quite hectic; all the hustle and bustle that surrounds the markets can be a bit overwhelming at first. We got subtly dragged into an Argan oil, carpet and textile dye cooperatives by a few of the locals who at the end of the tour would expect some sort of remuneration for their time spent. I do recommend that if you are not willing to tip them for their casual tours, you should say "no, thanks" as soon as they offer you their help - that avoids the tense atmosphere at the end of the conversation-. However, Moroccan people are genuinely open and friendly, they are great ambassadors of their country and will make you feel welcome into their culture.
The food in Marrakech is very tasty. At night the big square comes to life with a huge food market. The stand number one in particular serves amazing food, cooked right there by a lovely lady. Besides street food, we also tried some of the restaurants in the city. The luxurious hotel El Fenn serves exquisite lunch and dinner, we also enjoyed the best nibbles and lemonade in Café des épices and treated ourselves to a delicious traditional chicken tajine in Terrasse des épices.
One of the places that surprised me the most was Le Jardin Majorelle, which was once owned by Yves Saint Laurent and it is like a magical oasis in the middle of the desert. There is a cafe inside that serves amazing mint tea and food.
I could go on and on telling you everything about this trip, but I think pictures are worth a thousand words...
Will definitely see you again, Marrakech!