Marrakech Day 1 - Souks, Soaking in the Djemaa el Fna and Sunny Terraces
We spent our first day by heading straight for the Djemaa el Fna [main square] in Marrakech and heading north eastwards into the souks. There are different souks for every trade - leather, metal [where you find the beautiful lanterns in the pictures below], spices, you name it...
We stopped off for an ornate glass of mint tea [you are offered this everywhere] to rest a little after the initial chaos of the souks. There is a wealth of amazing items on offer in the souks, from beautiful intricate lanterns to butter soft leather slippers and mountains of olives and heaps of multi-coloured spices that are difficult to find elsewhere.
There is, it must be added, also a load of tat, so be wary of this and be sure to barter! There are some little diamonds to be found in the rough and, we found, it takes a great deal of searching these out.
After a morning spent in the dark souks we went back to the main square and found a roof top bar or 'terrasse' [pretty much all the locals in Marrakech speak French] for a drink looking over the wide expanse of the Djemaa el Fna.
It was quite bright up there, so excuse my squinting! These little terrasse cafes [also Cafe de France among others] are a great way to see the Djemaa el Fna from above away from the hustle and bustle. The square gets much busier at night time. [See Day 5.]
We then went on a very long-winded search to find Terrasse des Epices , which I had read about on Liberty London Girl and persuaded my boyfriend we simply must go to! We were [thankfully!] not disappointed.
Though difficult to find in the heart of Souk Cherifia, Terrasse des Epices is a welcome break from the madness down below. With a very relaxed European vibe and appealing menu, the terrace restaurant caters for weary souk-hagglers and celebrities alike.
We particularly liked the spray mists [you can see these in the picture] which cooled you down on a hot day - it was 32 degrees in the heat that day!
We ate tomato and mozzarella salad and a delicious fillet steak.
Terrasse des Epices - 15 Souk Cherifia Sidi Abdellaziz, Marrakech, Morocco. [They also own Cafe des Epices off the Djemaa el Fna.]
Terrasse des Epices is located just above a gorgeous little gallery of shops
Must sees include Lalla - From Marrakesh with Love xxx.
Souk Cherifia - 1st floor. Sidi Abdelazziz Dar El Bacha souk entrance. Marrakesh Medina +212.622.214.171.124
Lalla's store offers beautiful crafted butter soft leather handbags, forward-thinking towelling clutch bags and cloth and diamante statement necklaces.
After a wander around the souks, we headed back to our gorgeous lush riad hotel Les Jardins de la Medina [more about that in the next post] for a bit of relaxation before an evening out at Grand Café de la Poste in Guéliz. Here we ate mediterranean pasta and a delicious lamb dish and went up to the lounge area for delicious mojitos.
Grand Café de la Poste - Corner of bd. El Mansour Eddahbi and av. Imam Malik | (behind the main Guéliz post office), Ville Nouvelle, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
4 more days to follow! Keep reading...
Paris in August
A lovely weekend spent staying in the West of Paris by the Trocadero, wandering around Montmartre, sauntering around the Marais, eating out at a chocolate-inspired gourmet restaurant in Saint Germain and soaking in Rue Montorgueil, with a little Louvre, Tuileries and Sacré Coeur thrown in....review of Un Dimanche a Paris (6eme) to follow.
Un tres bel week-end sejournant dans l'ouest de Paris a quelques pas du Trocadéro. Nous avons baladé a Montmartre, flâné au Marais, diné dans un restaurant gourmet ou se trouve des plats inspirés du chocolat. Nous avons aussi absorbé la Rue Montorgeuil en meme temps que nous avons admiré le Louvre, les Tuileries et le Sacré Coeur...une critique du restaurant 'Un Dimanche a Paris' a suivre...
New York in April
Back in England somewhat jet-lagged (I learnt from a French girl in NY that it's le décalage horaire in French...) In New York we checked out Topshop (smaller than I imagined), Carrie Bradshaw's house, a gorgeous vintage shop called Pippin Vintage (which I will do a post about later), a show on Broadway...I tried Starbucks' new 'apple caramel' drink, ate New York cheesecake and we flew over Manhattan in a helicopter!
Enfin retournée en Angleterre, mais je suis touchée par le décalage horaire...! À New York on a rendu visite à Topshop (plus petit que j'ai imaginé!), l'appart de Carrie Bradshaw, un petit magasin trop mignon 'Pippin Vintage' (bientôt un post là-dessus!), un spectacle à Broadway…J’ai essayé la nouvelle boisson ‘caramel-pomme’ de Starbucks, j’ai gouté le cheesecake de New York et on a pris un vol en hélicoptère au dessus de Manhattan !
Paris in March
Macaroons outside the Musée d'Orsay, 62 Rue de Lille, 75006
Chez Prune, 36 Rue Beaurepaire, Canal Saint Martin 75010
Canal Saint Martin in the sun
Blossom in Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006
Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006
Spring begins in Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006
Rue de Rennes, 75006
Spring window, LaDurée, 21 Rue Bonaparte, 75006
Musée d'Orsay, 62 Rue de Lille, 75006
Come on Eileen, 16 Rue des Taillandiers, 75011 (off Rue de la Roquette)
Adom, 56 Rue de la Roquette, 75011
View from the Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, 75004
Au Rocher de Cancale, 78 Rue Montorgueil, 75002
Opéra Garnier in miniature at Musée d'Orsay, 62 Rue de Lille, 75007