You might not have thought about it, but Venice in Italy and Marrakech have something in common – the best time to be there is spring or autumn. Fewer tourists, not that hot and incredibly beautiful light.
When I visited Marrakech the last time I was surprised to see so many cats and how integrated in daily life they were. The pictures below are just a tiny selection of all the pictures I made … loads more on the hard drive :-)
#marakech #travel It was built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. The name means “brilliance”. As in other buildings of the period in other countries, it was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. There is a 2 acre (8,000 m²) garden with rooms opening onto courtyards. Set up at the end of 19th century by Si Moussa, grand vizier of the sultan, for his personal use, this palace would bear the name of one of his wives. Here, the harem, which includes a vast court decorated with a central basin and surrounded by rooms intended for the concubines. As the black slave Abu Ahmed rose to power and wealth towards the end of the 19th century, he had the Bahia palace built by bringing in craftsmen from Fez. wikipedia this place is what you expect when you travel other countries, garden, architecture, beautiful wooden and stone craft.
#marrakech @sofitel marrakech is worth a visit, i fell in love with that city and met wonderful people as well. i like to stay at the sofitel palais imperial. if i would come for a longer trip i would stay at peter kerry’s flat for a more individual feeling. but the sofitel is always a good decision and worth every penny. don’t get confused by the reviews of marrakech in the internet. I read them and almost cancelled my trip. the idea to travel on my own to marrakech after i read the reviews was just scary. but it is like everywhere. if you behave polite and sensible you can have the most nicely experience. I had a great time and no problems at all. I was dressed sensible and i wouldn’t recommend to walk on your own in the night through every part of marrakech, but then i wouldn’t recommend that in parts of berlin, ramsgate, london, copenhagen, amsterdam and even stuttgart. The staff from the Sofitel is so friendly and helpful, the food …
#marrakesh #travel #saadiantombs dated back from the 16th century, the saadian tombs in marrakesh were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the beaux-arts service. unfortunately because of it’s beauty it is very crowded. when you enter the small entrance you have to wait quite a while before the leaving guests have passed so you can go through and even inside of the garden, you have to queue to have a look on the buildings and the mausoleum, you are not allowed to go in. but it is still worth it. the mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves are those of Ahmad al-Mansur and his family. The building is composed of three rooms. The most famous is the room with the twelve columns. This room contains the grave of the son of the sultan’s son, Ahmad al-Mansur. The stele is in finely worked cedar wood and stucco work. The monuments are made of Italian Carrara marble. (wikipedia)
If you visitMarrakesh you will visit the Jemaa el-fnaa for sure. It’s one of the most famous squares in morocco and is the centre of the city’s activity and trade. Jemaa el-fnaa is listed on unesco’s list of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” The Jemaa el-Fna Square is one of the main cultural spaces in Marrakesh and has become one of the symbols of the city since its foundation in the eleventh century. It represents a unique concentration of popular Moroccan cultural traditions performed through musical, religious and artistic expressions. Next to the place, the souks with their explosion of sensual experiences will attract your attention and lead you in their magical and beautiful little alleys like in 1001 night. if you are looking for cheap authetic bargaiens, you will be disappointed. it is quite expensive for this kind of market. of course you never pay the price asked of, you are doing the game and in the end you pay hald of was asked for. but even than the difference is not that …
#marrakesh #jardinmajorelle #travel #yvessaintlaurent beautiful, magical marrakesh. among the typical red buldings from marrakesh is a small beautiful garden – jardin majorelle. the garden was originally the home of the landscape painter jacques majorelle. later than famous fashion designer, yves saint laurent, bought and restored the property. the Museum of Islamic Art is part of the garden as well. If you need tips for your travel to marrakesh or an accommodation please use my contact form get in touch with me or leave a comment below. on board in marrakesh is the english traveller from all over the world and translator of spanish, french, italian and portuguese to English, peter kerry.