We drove to Marrakech the afternoon after the wedding, arriving at about 11:00 PM local time. It was very nerve wracking as we were staying at a riad in the back streets of the Medina, and had to be guided through the Djemaa-el-Fna square at its busiest time, by a man who spoke neither English or French, and just hope that we were going the right way. Needless to say, all turned out to be fine and we reached our riad and immediately fell asleep. (The riad (a Moroccan version of a B&B) will be detailed in the next section of this report).

The next day, we set out in search of activities. Lamia, the wonderful host at the Riad Harmonia, suggested that we check out the Jardin Majorelle, a Yves St-Laurent designed hangout where he spent time before his death. We were offered a calesh ride (horse and buggy) at an irresistible price, MAD$250, about US$30, for the four of us. The calesh driver brought us around Marrakech and to the Jardin, our first stop.

Compared to Fes, Marrakech was much more lush and less dusty overall.

The streets of Marrakech, with a mosque front and center.

The entryway to the Jardin Majorelle.

The garden itself was a splash of bright colors, with a lot of terra cotta painted in bright blue, yellow, orange, and light green tones.

The central fountain in the Jardin.

The bright colors don't detract from the Moroccan influence, the white patterning on this wall was very intricate.

After the garden, the calesh driver took us around more of Marrakech. The city boasts a large number of green spaces, like the one below.

There were lots of small garden and fountain areas that were immaculately tended to.

Additional Photos

See Taylor’s photos from Marrakech, a set on Flickr.

Part Conclusion

This concludes the fourth part of the trip report. Please click here to continue to the next part, Tales from a Riad Harmonia.