In 2001, we traveled to Morocco with another couple, and were enthralled with the beauty, the exotic culture, the markets, the exquisite lodgings, and the enticing cuisine.
We travelled to:
- The Medina of Marrakesh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The Medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- The High Atlas Mountains
Marrakesh is enchanting with its lively square, labyrinthine market, inviting riads, and luxurious hotels. We stayed at l’Orangerie (see photo), a magnificent riad that is part of Relais et & Châteaux, and La Mamounia, where we visited Winston Churchill’s suite. La Mamounia has recently undergone a major restoration and, if possible, must be even more magnificent than it was during our visit. The breakfast buffet was exquisite, with a wide variety of dried fruit, fresh fruit, nuts, and other delectable foods.
Essaouira is a charming seaside town on the Atlantic Coast with fresh fish sold and cooked right on the waterfront and served on rustic picnic tables. It is a charming town with many arts and crafts shops that are fun to visit.
In the High Atlas Mountains we stayed at La Roseraie in the heart of Berber Country, set in gardens in a peaceful location. While there we enjoyed mountain hikes with a Berber guide as well as relaxing Moroccan massages.
In the market in Marrakesh we fell in love with the handwoven rugs with unusual designs in vivid colors. These now adorn our home and are a constant reminder of our splendid time in Morocco.