Riads & storks! A short trip to Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakech was founded a 1000 years ago on the edge of the Sahara desert! This city is a cascade of colors, smells, donkeys and mint tea. In February 2016 the whole family went on a week-long trip to Morocco. We started and ended in Marrakech staying in a fantastic old renovated riad – a traditional Moroccan house.  Soak in the enchanting atmosphere…



Our lovely terrace at Riad Dar Alfarah. Many of the old houses with the courtyard in the middle has been transformed into luxury hotels with rooftop terraces and small pools. It is like heaven behind the thick walls away from the noisy and dusty city.


The large square Jemaa el-Fna – a UNESCO site with everything from orange stalls to snake charmers. One transaltion of the name is “Assembly of the dead”. A bomb went off here a couple of years ago.  In the background is Koutoubia mosque. The square is also known for its food stalls, snake charmers and con artists.


We saw a lot of street art done by young artists all over Marrakech!


The storks are everywhere. They winter here. An old Berber legend says the storks were respected as humans and were cared for in hospices especially established for them. They were men who, with the aim of travelling and discovering the world, were transformed into birds, flying to Europe and establishing themselves temporarily in its lands before returning to their native country and recovering their original form.



The ruins of El Badi Palace. The palace took 25 years to build and is inspired by Alhambra in Granada, Spain. It is the work of the Saadian king Ahmed El Mansour Ed Dahbi (1578-1603)as a commemoration of his victory over the Portuguese army in the Battle of the Three Kings in 1578.


Marrakech is also knwn as the Red City and the Ochre city. No wonder!


Majorelle Garden. A must see is the blue museum bought by Yves Saint Laurent in 1980.


Moroccan crafts are a fundamental part of Moroccan life. Cooperatives have been working wood, metal, copper, wool, linen, stone, and clay into distinctly Moroccan products for centuries. Morocco’s craft culture fuses indigenous Berber traditions with Arab, Jewish, Andalusian, and other European influences (particularly France), and marries local resources — stone, wood, metal, mineral and clay deposits, and supplies of leather and wool — with imports such as marble and silk.

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