• 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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    Of seaguls and roasted fish: getting some fresh air at Essaouira

    During our stay in Morocco, we only once hired a car to go driving ourselves. Not that driving here is dangerous in any way, but we mostly took the shuttle bus to Marrakesh or had a private driver on our trips with www.saharadesertkingdom.com. Going to Essaouira, however, was just easiest and most comfortable with a hired car. We didn’t want to pay a lot of dirhams to go on a guided tour where you aren’t allowed to do things at your own pace. And traveling with a toddler, taking your time is just the only way to go. Moreover, the road from Marrakesh to Essaouira is straight, well-indicated and well-maintained. The…

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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…

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    Getting some fresh air at Ouzoud Falls

    On Friday the 18th we took another daytrip with the guys from Sahara Desert Kingdom, this time to get some fresh air at Ouzoud Falls. The Ouzoud Falls are located about 150 km from Marrakech in the Middle Atlas. We had the privilege of having a private jeep with driver once again, which gave us the opportunity to take in the beautiful scenery along the way.   Olive trees grow abundant in the area. When we arrived at the village of Ouzoud, our private guide took us through a market to a small walk that leads to the first viewpoint over the waterfalls. They are about 110m high and best to…

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    Day three: the Berber side of Morocco.

    After an enchanting experience in fairytale Marrakech, we headed east on our third day in Morocco. This trip would take us far away from the city’s busy medina. We were picked up in the morning by Idir, our guide, and Mohammed, our driver, with their 10-year-old (but trustworthy and strong as a dinosaur, according to Mohammed) Toyota 4X4 Land Cruiser. We had booked this daytrip through www.saharadesertkingdom.com, a small tour company we got to know through Twitter. In a way, our shared interest in traveling brought us together, and the first acquaintance with Sandra (via mail) and Idir (in Morocco) was more like meeting friends than saying hello to your…