I’ve got to scratch an itch – my travel itch. Today Marrakech, Morocco is enticing today… tomorrow it might be Sweden – it doesn’t matter where, I just want to go. Lately, my town seems too small and my whole world is just a little too familiar. My desperation for a little excitement and intrigue is going to get dangerous if I don’t let off a little steam…. at least in my day dreams.
They say that much of the joy of travel is the anticipation and planning (a data point I am not sure I completely agree with). But I do think writing a garden travel post, with some regularity, might help me apply a little illusory calamine to this itch.
Starting off – lets head to Marrakech, Morocco to stay in Le Riad Yasmine. I discovered it via Victoria on Friday and have been obsessing over it all weekend. This hotel’s and its central courtyard are a beautiful example of Islamic style gardens. The pool garden is beautifully detailed and is the central focal point of the Riad that surrounds it. I’m not generally a pool lover, but I want to float in that water and look up at the African desert sky.
When I visit a place, I want very few things – and they are this: a great hotel at a good price (not a chain and something that shares the unique hospitality, architecture and charm of the place). And then I want to know where I can walk. I want real regional food and I want to explore what makes this place special and unique. Of course that generally means hitting the major tourist sites – but it also means exploring the gardens, the nature and natural places, and finding ways to step away from the typical tourist destinations. So I think that this what this post should be about. A great hotel. And (for now) some of the great gardens and natural places to visit nearby. Just enough to whet our palettes and keep us happily daydreaming until we can get there.
Le Riad Jasmine
Check out the website to see all the affordable rooms and more images of the garden and roof terrace with views across the city.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built in the 112th century. It covers 400 hectares and is located south of the Marrakechmedina. The name derives from the Berber language for “walled meadow”. The gardens include groves of fruit trees including oragne, lemon, fig, apricot, pomegranate and olive.
Located to the west of Marrakech, Morocco, near the Atlas Mountains this Botanic Garden also was built in the 12th century and features Orchards and underground hydraulic systems that bring water from the mountains in the garden.
Majorelle is a twelve acre garden and Islamic Art Museum that was designed by French Artist Jacques Majorelle. It was more recently owned by fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé and the museum also includes items from Saint-Laurent’s personal textile, ceramics, jewelry, and art collections.