Marrakech, Morocco: A Travel Diary

In November, my husband and I traveled to Morocco and Spain for our belated honeymoon. When we got married in 2013, our engagement was quick (see details about that here and here) and we didn't have time to plan the getaway we imagined.  Anthony is very well traveled and while I've been to Europe a few times neither of us had visited Morocco or any part of Africa.  So it seemed like the perfect destination for first trip together.  In Morocco, we stayed in the magical city of Marrakech at Talaa 12. Between breakfast on the hotel rooftop and shutting the adorable door to our room, we  filled our days with carpet shopping and palace and garden hopping. Here are few photos from the trip...

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The best way to pick a carpet is with your toes, of course! In this historic carpet house, passed down through 5 generations, we experienced the dance-like ceremony to show, narrow down, and purchase a carpet.  The owner taught me how to say "yes" or "no" in Arabic to make my selections. 

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These two photos (above and below) are from the Jardin Majorelle was originally the home of expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920 and 1930s when Morocco was a protectorate of France. The special shade of bold cobalt blue, which is used extensively in the garden and its buildings is named after him, Majorelle Blue. Though the garden has been open to the public since 1947, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge bought the garden in 1980 to save it from becoming a hotel complex. They revitalized the garden and Yves Saint Laurent's ashes are scattered there. 

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This is the Bahia Palace. It was designed to capture the essence of Islamic and Moroccan architecture and intended to be the greatest palace of it's time. 

This is a bustling market in the historical sector of Marrakech, the Medina. Think: Aladdin. 

The rooftop of Talaa 12 where we ate breakfast every morning. 

This charming moroccan style door inside our room, complete with cascading curtains.