Spring break junior year of college and my one thought-it’s time to travel!
I got off the bus with my two travel buddies and took in our first glimpse of what Marrakesh has to offer. Right in the center of the place Jemaa-el-Fna, the smell of tagines, the music of the snake charmers, and the hustle and bustle of the city lead to one unanimous thought “Wow”. And then you get a whiff of the horse manure.
Our five-day trip was short but filled with laughter, adventure, and lots of Moroccan pastries. We spent hours strolling through the souk for spices and great bargains. Fortunately, my friends are as obsessed with food as I am, so when it came to trying new things and eating I was never alone. We ate as much tagine as possible and had a delicious dinner on the place (Stand 26). We drank enough fresh orange juice to have a Vitamin C overdose. And when it came to the pastries, let’s just say that between the three of us, we were on a constant sugar high.
We decided to leave the medina and took a day trip to the Ourika valley. On our way, we stopped and looked at a Berbere village, where we had the chance to drink mint tea and have homemade bread and honey with a local family. Marrakech proved to be one of the most hospitable places I have ever been. Anyone from souk vendors to taxi cab drivers offer you fresh mint tea all hours of the day. And always say yes. Our day trip was relaxing, and ended with an inevitable camel ride.
Because we are obsessed with food, we decided to take a cooking class in a local Riad. The tagine we made was absolutely scrumptious. Yes, that is correct I cooked and it tasted good. SO good I cooked it again for my family, either they are really good liars or they actually liked it, because their plates were empty.
Marrakech was magical and I cannot wait to go back and be enchanted once again.
Some of my favorite places:
Henna Café- Awesome henna with a cute little rooftop restaurant at a great price.
Kasbah Café- Great little rooftop cafe with a view of the Les tombeaux Saadiens. And free wifi.
Kosy Bar- One of the best Mojito’s I have ever had.
Le palais de la Bahia- The fact that this was a home is just insane. Very beautiful and worth seeing.
Les tombeaux Saadiens- The details and design are gorgeous, but it wasn’t as breathtaking as the palais de la Bahia.
Jardin Majorelle- Nice and relaxing, but don’t make a priority on your trip.