Welcome to the Royaume du Maroc, welcome to Marrakech. The first time I entered in Morocco, I was highly surprised about how in the chaos they have a working law system. Sometimes it seams rules are not applied there, but they have an implicit and basic code rules that makes this city really safe even for a woman. When I have been the second time, I landed at the Menara airport, a very modern structure in this beautiful traditional ancient city. It’s a Muslim country, they have to pray 7 times a day, but when you hang out around Medina, you see people who are much more into business than religion. Moroccans speak up to four languages to interact with tourists and are always there to try to sell you authentic traditional goods at suq, the traditional market. During my staying, I really had one of the best shopping experience! I have been captured by the owner of the shop and invited to seat, sipping traditional Moroccan mint tea while the owner of it showed me every possible color and design camel leather poufs. In the end it was impossible not to buy one of it after a really long negotiation lasts almost 1 hour.
Outside Medina walls, there is the modern city, really occidental and for this reason it created less appeal to me because I prefer spending time into the “real” side, where the colors, the perfumes are much more intense. But, here there is a blue pearl that everyone should visit: Jardin Majorelle created by the french painter Jacques Majorelle in the heart of the Ochre City.
This luxuriant garden is a pleasure for eyes and for the body, far from the heat of the city. Around here you can hear just the babble of water and the sing of birds who find a refuge. Rare varieties of trees, cactus palms and exotic plants of dreamy origin, pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers, create a very suggestive atmosphere. In 1937 Jacques Majorelle transformed his garden into a masterpiece: he painted the facade of his studio with a cobalt blue that accentuates the green of the leaves. The attraction of this garden was so intense to YSL and Pierre Bergé that in 1980 they bought it saving it from falling victim of a real estate project and becoming a hotel complex.