At the weekend I was lucky enough to visit Marrakech with a friend. Having been on my travel list for a long time it was overdue and I fell in love with the place more than I had anticipated. Having spent the week previous reading reviews and places to visit I was a bit dubious about arriving at 11pm at night, and our first taxi ride was an experience (we got the currency exchange completely wrong and offended people straight away, oops!), but there was no need to be worried, the people were friendly and we soon got to our hotel, settled in and fell asleep ready for a big day ahead of us.
We were staying at a hotel in the new city called Hotel Oudaya, it was spacious, had air-con and we had a huge terrace for evening drinks. It also had a pool which was a real sun trap, perfect for relaxing in the sun after traipsing around the souks all morning! At about £20 a night it was definitely a bargain. The hotel was about a 30min walk from the old city walls and the medina, or a 5min taxi ride (at only £1, we always chose the taxi!).
On our first morning we woke up early, had breakfast and wandered to Jardin Majorelle, a twelve-acre botanical garden and artist's landscape garden - myself and my friend had both researched this place and were eager to explore and it didn't disappoint. Vibrant colours, tranquility and a peaceful oasis amongst the hustle and bustle. It was somewhere I could visit over and over again and not get bored of, every corner you turned a shade of blue shone through the greenery, the most beautiful shade of blue ever. Endless beauty surrounded you (as well as endless photo opportunities!). There was also have a cafe at the gardens, which is just as beautiful. Wanting to try something "Moroccan" we went for the mint tea and were hooked. Have a look at a selection of some photos below from what was the most beautiful place.
I'll tell you more about my trip tomorrow, our visit into the old city and some interesting interaction with the locals!