27

Oct

2012

Personal Post – My Holiday in Marrakesh – A few Holiday Snaps

There will be no Saturday Cinema today, instead I have a personal post for you, something I am hoping to do a bit more of in the future weeks and the new blogging schedule which will start in December. As I took my new camera to Marrakesh with me I thought it only fitting to share with you a few of the photos I took while I was there, just in case you fancied seeing a bit of the scenery and sites of the city!

Holiday in Marrakesh Holiday in Marrakesh

Nik and I decided to go to Marrakesh as neither of us are big beach holiday fans, both being of the ginger gene means that our sun worshiping is pretty limited, so when we go away, as well as relaxing, we do like to have other stuff to do. After a week in Egypt a few years ago which we loved, we decided that Marrakesh would be a good choice, as there is so much to do and see….we weren’t wrong! There is SO much to do in this amazing city that we went out on a trip every day except one and we could have done so much more!

Holiday in Marrakesh

Holiday in Marrakesh

When looking at places to stay we looked at the Riads but personally I didn’t like the idea of not having a pool, being  a bit of a water baby on holiday when I do actually get to sit in the sun, a pool wasn’t something I was willing to give up. This coupled with the fact that Morocco is a Muslim country which means no drinking in the Riads, we decided that a hotel was going to be our best bet. We decided on the ClubHotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie which is about 15 minutes away from Marrakesh centre. I have to say the hotel itself was amazing, the pool was divine, the rooms spacious and incredibly clean, the staff were first class…..but the food was dreadful! A real shame as Nik and I are real foodies and part of our holiday is the food so that was really our only down point of the holiday!But I managed to come home lighter than I was when I got there so every cloud!

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The weather was amazing, maybe a bit to hot for me. We went in the 2nd week of October because our research told us that it should have been between 22 and 28 degrees .. BUT while we were there they were going through a heatwave so it was actually more like 37 degrees…….thank God for the Pool!!

The best bit of the holiday was getting out and about and we did manage to see as much of the place as we could!

Our first trip was into Marrakesh to have a look at the Medina and the Souks. I managed to haggle for a massive leather bag and got the man down from £192 to £38, I was pretty pleased with myself on that one! Nik got a back massage from a man in a Chemist….random!

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Our next trip was a day in the Atlas mountain by 4×4. I think this was my favourite day! Our driver was mental and the roads were like nothing I have ever seen before, driving along an incredibly high sheer drop was quite an experience. We were invited into the home of a local Bedouin family and had mint tea and bread with them. The views all day were outstanding………and the camels were amazing!

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Then there were the Marjorelle gardens (or Yves Saint Laurent Gardens) which were beautifully tranquil and thankfully shaded from the sun! After this we had a  horse and cart ride round the 4 palaces of the city which was brilliant, although I did feel a bit sorry for the horses; they are worked so hard!

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We then spent a day visiting  a few of the historical parts of the city. Firstly the biggest Mosque in Marrakesh, the Katoubia Mosque, then onto a Riad Museum and then the very crowded and full of tourists Bahia Palace. We finished of the day at the Saadian Tombs.

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On our last day we headed back into the Djemaa el Fna Square by horse and cart, but this time we did it at night and it was amazing! The city centre certainly comes to life at night, the sites and smells are fantastic. It’s hard to not get bothered by the local sellers (especially when you have ginger hair!) but if you’re ready for it then it isn’t a problem!

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All in all we had a great holiday, we saw some amazing sites and relaxed as much as we could. Marrakesh is a great city both the old part and the new, more cosmopolitan part. Definitely worth a visit!  By the last day I was ready to come home, I’d missed Dee so much I just couldn’t wait to give her a massive cuddle! I don’t think I could ever go away for 2 weeks. I don’t know what I’d do without her for so long!

 

Big Boho Love

Kelly xx

 

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Comments

    Becki

    Wow! It just looks so amazing! Everything looks vibrant and busy. Fantastic holiday photos Kelly, glad you had a great time x Becki xx

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    Sara {Burnett's Boards}

    LOVE this post! You guys are a fab lookin’ couple. And of course – the cat picture :-D oh, and are those camels doing what I think they are doing?!

    Reply
    Joanne

    Gorgeous photos. Is it wrong that the whole way through reading the post I was looking for a photo of the bargain leather bag?!
    Jo x

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    Rachael

    Looks amazing. We were thinking of Marrakech for honeymoon in March – would you recommend?

    R

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    AB Weddings

    what a lovely pics. i am really surprised you do not mention the Maison de la photographie. have you not been ? The rooftop of the museum is one of the highest rooftops in the medina. The terrace offers beautiful views over the medina of Marrakech as well as towards the beautiful Atlas Mountains. they have cafe on the roof with great food :) http://www.maisondelaphotographie.ma/

    Reply
    boho

    Thanks everyone we had a great time. Joanne i didn’t take a picture of the bag, how stupid of me, I’ll be taking out for an outing this afternoon! I may try and instagram it for you.

    Yes Sara the camels were doing what you think, they were at it for ages!

    Rachel yes I would recommend, only down side was the food, but go to the new Marrakesh, very lovely clean and shiny side of the city with new shops and some lovely restaurants, we didn’t find this till the last day!

    AB we must have missed that what a shame.

    xx

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    Gemma

    Gorg! Didn’t get to the Atlas mountains, def will next time after seeing your pics :) Went to some of the same places though, LOVE the YSL gardens… & so funny you caught the camels doing the humpy-pumpy ;)
    Reminds me of the monkeys on the beach at my friends wedding in Gambia http://bettiblog.tumblr.com/post/20611750434/gill-kembas-wedding-in-gambia xx

    Reply

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