So, I had been gifted a whole 8 days to get to know the country that I had fallen in love with last year, that little bit deeper. With so many places to see and such little time, I narrowed it down (with much difficulty) to a range of places with the closest proximity, allowing us some city, mountains, beach and country time. There was some of the norm and some of the not so norm. Some so completely off the beaten track, they were only reachable by a very very bumpy ride. Somedays the sun would shine, others the rain would pour. And yet again, it was northing short of magic. My love here will always start with the mint tea, the friendly locals, incredible hospitality and the beautiful sound of the call to prayer.
Where else to begin this adventure other than Marrakech, exactly where we left off last time. At where has come to be our Moroccan home, Riad Berbere. I honestly believe this is the place that gave me the love for Morocco I now hold. The calm oasis scented with rose, home of lovable cats and beautiful hosts.
After a few caotic days in Marrakech, we escaped to Mohamed’s place in the mountains, where we enjoyed a slower version of Moroccan life. Here we spent 2 days, one poured with rain, the other was thankfully glorious and the day we walked to the nearby Berber village, something so high on my Morocco bucket list. (Full story here…)
From the serenity of the mountains, off we went to the ocean, to the windy city of Essaouria (which surely did live up to it’s name)! Here it was much, much calmer and to my joy, had a little hippie feeling. My first impression of this place was, wow, J’adore…I loved the cute little streets, how they were so much quieter than Marrakech, the people soft and friendly, the cats, the most adorable cats! The only thing I would say is, it was FREEZING in early March and being the extremely cold person that I am, the most comfort I found was at Riad Baladin. (Full story here…)
The final stop before we made our way back to Marrakech was and to a part of Morocco we had not really experienced – the countryside. A place we could have a little time out. Checking into a meditation eco lodge with no wifi, a host who would prepare us the most incredible meals meals from scratch with surroundings of wild flowers and olive trees. Now, relex. (Full story here…)
After this second little off grid experience, we made our way back to the city life for our final night at Riad Les Inseparables. It was absolute bliss. A Moroccan home that welcomed us as guests and farewelled us as friends. Naturally, after all this moving around in such a short time we were pretty exhausted. Thankfully we ended up here, a place with so much history and such lovely hosts, we had no reason to leave. We learnt and we laughed our way through that last night, now understanding so much more about Morocco’s history. It was also here that I met Suriya, (for anyone reading this that follows along my Instagram you may have seen the joy she filled me with) she is the friendly turtle of the riad, and swimming laps with this speedy little cutie ended this already amazing trip on the most beautiful high.
Again, it was hard to leave and I’m still finding myself thinking about getting back here and seeing more of the desert and northern cities. Going back to stay at the raids we have come to love so much.