Marrakech

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Well it has been a while, I have been completely AWOL yes but I had my reasons you see I was under attack by the monkeys that were released in the zoo that is my brain! No really?!

Ok well truth be told it’s been a rough time but that post is for another day today I want to talk about my Ah-mazing trip to Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakech is famed for its pink-hued historic buildings and souks, but just as important to the city are its gardens. From the lush courtyards of its riads to the expansive formal gardens of its palaces and museums, these green spaces are havens from the hustle and bustle of the city.

TIP: November by the way is not the time to go if you want to swim, unless you’re an Eskimo and used to ice-cold water in the pool then you are fine. But if you are like me who has a hot water bottle in the summer than it is definitely not worth the Pneumonia.

An amazing all-inclusive deal on Travelrepublic.com we paid around £300 per person including flights which yes they were Ryan Air but for a four-hour flight you can’t really go wrong. Arrived at the Hotel Eden Andalou and it was stunning as you can see.

Room was clean, the sun was shining and me and we just appreciating the warmth of this beautiful place. Headed down for dinner and an amazing choice of Buffet with over 40 different items all prepared fresh and tasted Yummy! So did I mention the best part of an all-inclusive ALCOHOL is free! So from when you wake up in the morning till you pass out at night you can drink until you ultimately kill your liver, BRILLIANT!

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Needless to say we made the most of it, and that includes the 2 litres we bought from Duty Free.

marrakech-souks-1Aside from the entertainment the food and the drinking, we did a mini trek to see the waterfalls at the Ourika Valley, although the driver/tour guide did not mention the fact that we would literally be trekking up the mountain on foot!! And let’s say I never made it all the way to the top and my sparkly sandals died. It was worth it though, the culture of Morocco is one never to be forgotten the friendly nature of the people as well as the atmosphere of the dusky markets where you can find anything from argan oil to a tortoise on sale. The scene is almost biblical: a dusty track, palm trees and a cluster of humble dwellings, a scattering of sheep and a donkey. I was blown away with the magical lanterns and the charm I really felt like Princess Jasmine all that was missing was the magic carpet. (Which reminds me the rugs are magnificent)marrakech

One Particular night we went to the most wonderful restaurant I have ever been to in my life, We were taken in a taxi to this ally way which looked very dodgy so I looked at the driver and It was clear to say I was not impressed but he told me to trust him, which now looking back I am so glad I did.IMG_8818

We walked down some basement stairs and all I see is this enchanting restaurant, It was like being in a palace, as soon as we walked in the waiter took us to our table and noticed we were Indian so bless him they started playing some Indian music faintly in the background. We were given a menu and after that an enriching culinary experience awaited us, 5 courses and wine that slipped down your throat so easily and complimented each wonderful course. I can’t say much more than that because this is one experience you must have for yourself. The service the food the enchantment is why you should dine at Pepe Nero’s. (And yes I was ever so grateful I trusted him as it was one of the most wonderful dinners I have ever had)

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Marrakech has been a truly magical place for me and I will cherish its warmth and hospitality for years to come. I have created many fond memories and it will always be a place close to my heart. There is something hugely romantic about disappearing through an unmarked door in the medina into a coolly elegant hotel or ornately tiled cafe. Many of the riads in Marrakech have roof terraces where you can laze together, glass of wine in hand, watching the sun set over the rooftops, while the hustle and bustle carries on in the streets below.

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