• africa,  citytrip,  kidstravel,  marrakech,  morocco,  traveltips

    Febe’s photography frenzy in the Majorelle gardens

    As promised a few days ago, this post is here only to show you the photographs Febe (our 3-year old daughter) has taken with our Canon Powershot in the Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh (Morocco). We were both taking photographs (I use a Canon 1100-D Rebel, Annick uses her Sony Ericsson Xperia mostly), and Febe wanted to join in. So we gave her our second camera and she was free to go and take pictures. The good thing about absolute freedom is that she came up with unexpected subjects in an extraordinary perspective. We found out since then that allowing her to take pictures, often takes us swiftly through excursions or…

  • africa,  citytrip,  marrakech,  morocco,  unesco world heritage

    Our first day in Morocco

    For our 5th wedding anniversary we wanted to go a little further away. Criteria: it had to be warm. Our April trip in Denmark last year (2013), though very beautiful, was freezing cold… After some searching, we found a great package deal in Marrakech and we were off to Morocco! It was the first trip outside of Europe for little Febe – and also her first time on an airplane! After a very smooth transfer day we decided to explore Marrakech a bit on Sunday. Since we had a very big excursion planned on Monday, we wanted to keep it a bit relaxed. They also predicted 37°C… not the most…

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    Marrakesh highlights part 2

    There have been several weeks between this blogpost and the former one. This is due to both of us working in education: the final month is a hectic one and there’s simply no time whatsoever to write. But hey, we’re back. Back to report about, and share memories of, our trip to Morocco in April of this year. Today: our 4th day… On our 4th day, we went back to the medina of Marrakesh. You must understand that we are traveling with a 3-year-old. She’s just the perfect travel companion, but traveling with 3 also means finding a compromise between each of our wish lists. Playing in the swimming pool…

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    Welcome to Marrakesh – entering the doors and gates

    Marrakesh is a welcoming city with hospitable inhabitants and a definite focus on gate and door architecture. This became obvious to us even after a few hours in the city, and although we didn’t plan to write a separate blog post about this subject, we just had to photograph them because of their intricate beauty. And so this post only focuses on doors and gates in the Marrakesh medina. Gates. The medina of Marrakesh is completely walled. The ramparts are 19km long and interrupted by 19 gates only. Both the walls and the gates date back to the 12th century. The most beautiful gate is the Bab Agnaou, a triumphal…

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    Fashion, colour and photograpy: the Majorelle garden

    During the 1920s and 1930s, the French painter Jacques Majorelle designed and constructed an extraordinary botanical garden just outside of the centre of Marrakesh, with the help of a local ethnobotanist. The result is stunning! The son of an Art Nouveau artist, Jacques was fascinated by colours such as the very strong cobalt blue, which he used extensively on buildings, walls and tiles in the garden. Relaxing amidst the cobalt blue Majorelle’s garden itself is a walled garden of Eden, with a focus on palm trees, bamboo, cacti and a selection of flowering plants to add even more bright colours (e.g. giant pink, red and white Bougainvillea). Personalised bamboo Red…