Over the summer, July 2019, my cousins, aunt and I went on a lovely girls’ trip to Marrakech. We took a coach from Casablanca and spent the journey goofing around, watching Netflix shows we had downloaded, or dozing off. I was extremely excited as I had passed through Marrakech before but had never stopped long enough to truly experience it.
My first taste of Marrakech was hot. the weather was scorching and I could already feel myself sweating through my clothes. After collecting our bags, we hailed a rickety old taxi to take us to our hotel. The roads were pure chaos, and though they were a far cry from the organised roads I was used to in London, it wasn’t much different from Casablanca. I was lucky enough to have my camera, the Canon M50, around my neck and caught a beautiful shot of a mural from the taxi window.
We arrived at the hotel and after a small mishap with rooms, we were finally able to relax and put our things away. The view was particularly lovely, the orange roofs one typically associates with Marrakech, clearly visible. A mosque’s minaret was nestled between the terracotta rooftops and the Athan, the Islamic call for prayer, was a comforting sound five times a day. One of my favourite things about visiting Morocco every summer is that I can hear the athan everyday, unheard of in London.
After putting our things away, we went for a walk. Not our best idea as the weather was almost unbearable but we made our way to Les Jardins de la Menara, a beautiful garden with a large manmade pool and gorgeous green-roofed pavilion.
The next day we visited the YSL museum and Le Jardin Majorelle, which was a delightful experience.
We took a Fujifilm Instax Mini instant film camera with us which had some lovely results!
The next day we went on a hike up to the Ourika mountains. Just before that we went on an exhilarating quad bike session which was a lot of fun! I came out of the session covered in dust, the boots I had borrowed from my cousin completely ruined, but with a smile on my face. I was glad I didn’t bring my camera along, it would’ve been utterly ruined!
After that huge amount of fun, we went on a hike. It was beautiful and a little difficult, but seeing the scenery and the Amazighen villages was definitely worth it!
When I think back to my favourite day, it would definitely be that one!
The morning before our departure, we went on a lovely meander around the old city, taking in the markets and the vibrancy and the essence of Marrakech. I was kicking myself for forgetting my camera at the hotel that day but I got some nice photos on an iPhone XS.
We started the day with breakfast! A traditional Moroccan breakfast overlooking a busy market square.
And then off we went on our walk!
Overall it was a lovely trip, one that I would love to repeat with friends! It was an amazing opportunity to spend quality time with the family I see only once a year if that. The only disappointment was my experience in Jamea’ El Fna, where the food and entertainment was excellent but the men were disrespectful and invasive.