In late November I made a solo travel to Marrakech for 5 days.
."The Ben Youssef Madrasa was beautiful and I kind of felt in a fairy tail of "One Thousand and One Nights."
In the evening I went to a restaurant called Terrasse de Epices. The food was great and so was the lighting and interior. I have only been there at night, but I guess it´s great at daytime as well.
The next day I had a bad luck with the weather, but still decided to walk (not such a great idea) to Guelitz the modern part of Marrakesch. I got soaking wet, was freezing and decided to warm up at a shopping mall. I was really surprised to find so many western shops and even Starbucks.
Wednesday it was raining again and again I decided to walk. This time to the Jardin Majorelle.. I was really hoping that the sun will get out until I get there, but it didn´t happen. Even so I got totally lost on the way and it took me almost one and half hours to get there. It was still beautiful so and worth it. I first had a peppermint tea to warm up and then walked thru the garden and checked out the galleries. Yves Saint Laurent was inspired by what Jacques Majorelle created for forty (!) years. And I totally understand way.
Thursday morning, just enjoying breakfast and talking toBader I got a text message from Lufthansa that my flight the next day got canceled. Great! So I spend 2 hours and over €200 on phone bill until I had a new flight with a stopover in Zurich and another €100 for a Hotel room there. At this point I have to mention that my whole trip including flight and Hotel was only €350 originally! Also It took 2-3 hours of my last day.
I am a positive spirit, so I decided to forget about it and that it was time for some shopping. I made some great bargains. 2 dresses, a lamp, Kelim pillowcases, a big leather bag some small gifts. I was happy and it made up for my flight problems. Watched the sunset at Cafe Nomad and the retuned to my riad and had a chat with Bader the manager who became a friend by now.
Before I went to the airport I had a coffee in the sun. And then went to the Secret Garden
"Le Jardin Secret" and was stunned by this beautiful quite oasis. I could have sat there for hours reading or just enjoying the piece in the middle of Mediana,
The time went so quick and I enjoyed myself so much that I decided to return as soon as possible for longer. It was good to get a first impression, but I would love to explore more and also do a trip to the Sahara and Essaouira which Bader recommended.
.If you are a woman that wants to travel by yourself to Marrakech, go for it you will be fine!
Just remember it´s a mouslimic country. You can wear whatever you want, BUT, just because you can wear it doesn’t mean you will want to wear it. If you want to avoid certain looks and comments you should cover up a little.
There might be guys coming up to you that want to show you the way when you look lost. They might even say that a road is closed. Don´t walk with them, you will end up in a shop or attraction that you didn´t want to see.
When you bargain, stay friendly and polite. I always bargain with a twinkle in my eye. Compliment them on the nice stuff they have and always promise to come back the next time.
Just think of what you want to pay and don´t fall for things like "I have 5 kids and need to feed them" etc. If they don´t want to go down with the price they won't and let you go. Usually you can calculate about 1/3 of the price they tell you at the beginning., sometimes less.
Be careful with taking pictures of people. Some get angry and some will ask you for money. I mean, I don´t like it either if people just take pictures of me without asking. I had no bad experiences whatsoever. None! At a little bread stand where only locals buy, one guy even ran after me with the change. He could have kept it, as he didn´t speak English and I didn´t understand how much it is and walked off. I thought that was really nice! Can´t wait to get back and will hope for less wett shoes next time.
If you are interested, I also made a video:
So we started our road trip Tuesday night and arrived in La Havre early Wednesday morning. After a couple of hours sleep we opened our eyes and enjoyed the great view out of our LeVoiles waterfront hotel.
In search of a nice design shop in Copenhagen I bumped into STILLEBEN
in the centre of Copenhagen.