Babymoon in Marrakech {Part Two}

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This holiday was to be our last hurrah as we made the transition from care-free couple to family of three. We lavished ourselves in the sunshine and very much enjoyed being waited on hand and foot.

We often awoke to the morning call to prayer (it can happen up to five times a day) which over the course of a week, is something you become very tune to, we’d happily fall back asleep again. However, having never been ones to waste away a week in the confinements of our hotel, my list of places to explore was starting to bore a hole in my wicker handbag, so we made the most of the early wake ups and got ourselves into Marrakech.

La Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
La Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

what to do

La Jardin Majorelle - The crown jewel of Marrakech and once you walk through those gates, you’ll easily see why. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle forty years to create this enchanting garden filled with exotic plants, towering trees and ponds filled with lotus flowers and water lilies. Close to Majorelle’s death, the garden fell into a state of disrepair and soon caught the eye of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent who lovingly restored the garden to its former glory. Yves’ ashes are scattered amongst the rose garden and the street outside was named in his honour.

Tip! Avoid the queues by walking to the end of the street and buy a combined ticket to the garden and YSL Museum. You can then walk to the front, show your ticket and avoid the long wait in the heat - thank me later!

La Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
La Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
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La Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
La Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
La Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
La Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

YSL Museum - Just a few steps down from La Jardin Majorelle, you will find a wonderland of exquisite couture dresses telling the unique and colourful story of Yves Saint Laurent. Sadly you can’t take any photos inside but see this as a blessing as it guarantees your undivided attention.

Le Jardin Secret - A “blink and you’ll miss it” escape route from the hectic backstreets of the Medina. The tranquil gardens are the middle of Marrakech and I’m SO glad we found the time to visit. Steeped in history and divided in two, the Islamic garden is divided into four sections to symbolise how paradise is described in the Koran. Water is seen as a blessing from heaven and the garden’s irrigation once flowed underneath the city all the way from the Atlas Mountains. The smaller, second garden includes exotic flowers and plants from semi-arid climates like Morocco, South Africa, Mexico and Australia. The ceilings within the tower and outdoor pavilion have been carefully hand-painted by monks so do not forget to spare a moment of appreciation for the masterful work within this contrasting oasis!

Tip! Extend your entry ticket to include access to the tower for panoramic views of the city and a very enthusiastic tour guide (it only takes about twenty minutes but worth the time).

La Jardin Secret
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech
Le Jardin Secret Marrakech

The Souks - Make sure you’ve perfected your finest haggling skills for a visit to the Moroccan souks as nothing is priced without a conversation. The markets are brimming with stalls offering anything from colourful pottery, wicker baskets and rugs to brass lamps, spices and clothing. As you wind your way down through the covered streets be careful to jump out the way of passing mopeds, overloaded fruits carts and over-excitable tourists, you definitely need your wits about you.

Marrakech Souk
Marrakech Souk
Marrakech Souk
Marrakech Souk
Marrakech Souk
Marrakech Souk
Marrakech Souk
Marrakech Souk
Marrakech Medina
Marrakech Medina

As we were staying roughly 20 minutes from town with a courtesy shuttle service included within our rate, we sometimes opted to use it in the evening for dinner with our days being spent lounging by the pool. There is so much more to see and do, one being a trip to the Atlas Mountains which stood proudly in the distance with its frosted tops against the brilliant blue skies.

We will definitely be back for further adventures, Morocco has captured our hearts in ways we hadn’t imagined. If you haven’t yet been, make sure it’s on the list.

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Sam x