Secret Garden

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Today you are in for a treat! 

I’m going to take you on a tour of a very special place from the comfort of your own home. But first I need you to make yourself comfy, turn the heating up so it’s tropical and grab yourself a mojito.

Ready?

Ok..... grab your ticket and lets go. 

Jardin Marjorelle

We’re off to experience the most magnificent colours of Yves Saint Laurent’s garden in the heart of frantic, Marrakech. 

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Majorelle.

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

Originally created by Jacques Majorelle, the gardens were discovered by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1966, during their first stay in Marrakech. When they heard that the garden was to be sold and replaced by a hotel, they did everything to stop the project from happening. They eventually became owners of the garden and of the villa next door, and brought the life back through the years.

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

The garden is filled with exotic plants in brightly coloured pots, trickling water features and huge cacti towering over your head. 

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

Its easy to see why Yves loved Jardin Majorelle, its a peaceful oasis in the heart of a chaotic city. 

Never before, when surrounded by such beauty, have I felt drawn to take a photo of a wall but the colours here are so vibrant that you just can't stop yourself. 

This one was my favourite! 

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

Jardin Marjorelle

After Yves died in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the rose garden of the Villa Oasis, next door to the Jardin Majorelle. There’s a memorial of a Roman pillar to remember Yve's life and achievements. 

Jardin Marjorelle

So if you are ever in Marrakech then make sure you come and explore this secret garden for yourself. It's the perfect place to chill out after a few hours of haggling in the souks. And if Yves Saint Laurent loved it then obviously you’ll love it too. 

That's it for Marrakech, now it's back to London. Hope you enjoyed your trip! 

Little London Girl x

Desert adventures

Thursday, 19 February 2015

I vowed never to get on a camel again after a trip to India where we galloped off uncontrollably into the sunset with me clinging on for dear life. Yet within one day of being in Marrakech, I find myself trembling on top of one of these stinky, grumpy, long lashed creatures ready for another desert adventure. 

Thankfully this time, my camel was much more accommodating. 

Marrakech

Our guide really wanted us to look the part and kitted us out in traditional desert scarfs. I thought I pulled it off pretty well until I saw Lizzie laughing hysterically. 

Marrakech

Then she realised that she looked just as bad.

Marrakech

Marrakech

The worst part about a camel ride is when they stand up; they straighten their back legs first so you are thrown forward in a pretty risky position. Then you basically have to squeeze your thighs like you are on a rodeo bull and pray you’ll survive. 

Marrakech

Knowing that a camel ride would be high on Lizzie’s holiday agenda, I gave in to my better judgement and ordered a selfie stick before we left London!! I think you’ll agree that a camel selfie is too good an opportunity to miss. 

Marrakech

Some photos worked out better than others. 

Marrakech

After an hour of aching bums and thighs, we were grateful for a break at a Berber village for traditional pancakes and mint tea. 

Marrakech

Marrakech

Moroccans have such a sweet tooth so their pancakes are covered in honey and the tea stacked high with sugar. I’m not complaining though, both were delicious. 

After our quick break, it was time to head back to base. 

Marrakech

To look glam on a camel its always recommended to wear a brightly coloured clutch!

Marrakech

Marrakech

Jumping off the camels, after a 2 hour trip, was hard work and we spent the rest of the day striding around like cowboys. Some serious stretching was called for. 

It wasn’t time to leave the desert just yet. We’d booked a whole day of fun so as soon as we were back it was time for part 2. Quad bikes. 

Marrakech

We were kitted up in some serious protection. Underneath all this head gear you’d never imagine that we were wearing strange balaclavas which made us look like walking condoms! 

Marrakech

As a warm up, we took a short ride out to a Berber village for a lunch of Moroccan salad, homemade bread and vegetarian tagine. Moroccan food is delicious, it would be an easy choice to give up meat and live a life of veggies if I could eat tasty, simple dishes like this at home. 

Marrakech

Marrakech

The sun came out for our lunch time break so we lay around and soaked up the rays. London life seemed like a distant memory. 

After stuffing ourselves with huge portions of anything available, it was time to say farewell to our hosts and get back on the quads. 

Marrakech

Realising that we were speed demons, our guide soon let us loose and we were flying through the desert. It was amazing. The terrain changed every 10 minutes. At times we were flying over huge sand dunes, then on red dirt tracks, driving through the most remote villages where all the children ran out to wave us past then onto main highways, and up mountains which looked exactly like Wales; especially with all the sheep around. Although the Cacti were a bit of a giveaway. 

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

The adrenaline rush was exhilarating and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I would highly recommend the trip to anyone looking for a bit of action on their Moroccan holiday. 

Marrakech

After a 3 hour tour we were covered from head to toe in dust so back at the base out came an air pump and they basically washed us down with pressurised air. We arrived back at our hotel with happy faces and sand in our ears. 

One of the best days I’ve ever had.

Little London Girl x

Marrakech

Friday, 13 February 2015


If you are looking for a city break with a difference then I’ve found just the place for you. Best of all its only a 3 hour flight from London. 

Let me introduce you to the exotic city of Marrakech......

Marrakech


My new year's resolution was to visit new countries, and with Morocco always being top of my bucket list it seemed the perfect winter escape. With Lizzie eager to join in, we boarded an early flight from a snowy, blustery London and arrived a few hours later expecting the heat to hit us as we stepped from the plane. Sadly the weather wasn’t playing ball and it was pretty nippy but we didn’t let that stop us from some poolside playtime!



Marrakech


Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

For many people Marrakech will be unlike anywhere you have ever been. It is a majestic, red city rising from the desert that will overwhelm all of your senses.

Picture this; palm tree lined streets, motorbikes whizzing past with entire families on board, trees bursting with oranges, camels sat at the roadside, benches of men watching the world go past and drinking endless cups of the tooth rotteningly sweet mint tea and donkeys pulling carts down modern shopping malls as if its the most normal thing in the world. 

And all this is happening before you even reach the madness of the main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, where the city's unique personality really shines for all to see. 

My favourite part of this colourful, vibrant city is the souks; alleyway upon alleyway of Aladdin’s cave style shops and stalls for your browsing pleasure. You are bound to get lost but that is all part of the fun. We walked around for hours to the playful shouts of the vendors “Take a butchers at my swag” or “Hey Shakira”. Everyone we came across was friendly, welcoming and happy to show off their country.  

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

In marrakech nothing is at it seems, so when shopping make sure you haggle hard. We kept it light hearted and got ourselves some great deals at a fraction of the original price. 

Marrakech

Marrakech

Once it all gets too much and you need a break from the madness then find some stairs up to one of the city’s hidden rooftop bars. They offer serenity at the eye of the storm. 

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

Terrasse des epices was our favourite and they even had straw hats so you could look glam whilst relaxing. After a mint tea and delicious tagine you'll be feeling refreshed and ready to head back down to do your best dell boy haggle. 

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech

If you visit Marrakech make sure to book yourself a massage at one of the city’s many spas. We went along to Le Bain Bleu which was hidden away in a beautiful Riad. An hour long hot stone massage cost around £25, it was amazing and worked out any of the remaining work stresses. Afterwards we wrapped up in our snuggly robes and lay around with mint tea and biscuits. 

Marrakech

Marrakech

Marrakech
Jemaa el-Fnaa is the main square in Marrakech and it is frantic. The second you step foot inside everyone will want to sell you something so be determined and walk on through. You’ll want to bring your camera as every second offers a new photo opportunity. 

Marrakech

The weird and wonderful gather here to sell their goods to tourists. One second you’ll be watching snake charmers, then a monkey will walk past in a nappy, then you’ll have women trying to paint your arms in henna and people trying to sell you horse and carriage rides. At night the craziness goes up to a whole new level of intensity. You’ll either love it or hate it but everyone needs to experience it during their trip. 

Marrakech

Marrakech

There’s more to come in our Morrocan adventure so drop back again soon.

Marrakech

Little London Girl x


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