With temperatures reaching almost 100°F during the day in Marrakech we attempted to get out and about in the morning hours, before the unbearable mid-day sun.
To inspire us for our WIJW pictorial, one of our morning’s destinations was La Maison de la Photographie, and true to expectations, the vast collection of vintage regional photographs there provided us with a wonderfully stimulating glimpse into the magical and mysterious world of yesteryear.
I’d also suggest a visit to the Madrassa Ben Youssef, a religious school originally built in the 14th century and reconstructed in the 16th century. The rather plain wooden outside entry serves to heighten the visual impact of a spectacular main courtyard—it’s a truly exquisite site that has had a huge and lasting impact on Moroccan architecture throughout the centuries.
Back at the magnificent La Mamounia to recoup, one should certainly have a traditional Moroccan mint tea. Ice cream is also served at their garden pavilion which is the perfect way to cool off after lunch.
Later, a lounge at Mamounia’s stunning pool is in order—a perfectly sublime way to relax and rest up for a delicious dinner adventure.
For dinner one should go to Le Tobsil:
22, derb Moulay Abdallah ben Hezzaien – Ksour, Marrakech – Medina.
This Moroccan dream is a quick taxi ride from La Mamounia to the Medina. A guide awaits there upon arrival to navigate the impossible maze of tiny streets. As with many Moroccan destinations, Le Tobsil’s unmarked door belies the the most glorious courtyard within. It is an understatement to say that the atmosphere here is rich! Plush Moroccan carpets abound, the dining tables are decorated with scattered rose petals, and the strains of hypnotic live Berber music accompany one’s journey through the most fragrant and delicious multi course Sultan’s feast. The owners Christine and Jean go out of their way to make guests feel welcome as true friends. Needles to say, this restaurant is a must for your visit to Marrakech.
I’m pictured (top) At the La Mamounia garden pavilion, looking forward to an mint tea after a morning of exploration. I’m dressed in a mauve cotton safari jacket by Gucci, a Michael Kors cotton knit top with crocheted button placket, white cotton slim cargo pants by Uniqlo, Gucci flip flops, Tom Ford “Cyrille” sunglasses, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.