- Friday, 18 July 2014 -

Arabian Nights, Like Arabian Days


Well hello you lovely lot! Long time no speak, eh? Those of you unaware of the reasoning behind my recent absence, I've been off adventuring in Africa! It actually pained me to break away from the blogging world for a little while but I am so delighted to be back in full swing and I hope you've all been keeping well since I've been gone. It's quite ironic how the day I actually arrive back on home soil, the newspapers are painted with the promise of a tremendous heatwave hitting the UK, but I'll be quite honest dear readers; that heat got NOTHIN' on African heat! So I've never been more relieved to be engulfed back into the overcast yet forever optimistic weather of the lovely United Kingdom.

However let's rewind just a bit, back a few months when Martin and I stumbled across this shiny, new website that pledged holiday deals galore: Travelbird. It was only then when we discovered an offer boasting an 8 day stay in the mysterious Marrakech in Morocco, with flights and accommodation included for a mere £250 each, It's definitely not an exaggeration to say that we literally jumped, hopped and skipped at the chance! When first emerging from our 3 hour flight, we were greeted with a heat so stifling and suffocating, I felt like I'd been thrown into an oven. It was unfortunately a luxury that came rarely to England, and it was oh so glorious.

We spent our days primarily partaking in excursions: exploring waterfall strewn mountains, making new friends with curious camels in the desert, scouring through the souks and markets of Marrakech forever wheedling out a bargain - at the cost of sounding droll, in the words of Aladdin: it was a whole new world. 



1/ Marrakech's staple colours are so lush and vibrant, even their travel guides had me drooling with excitement to go!
2/ After an excruciating long day in the heat, Martin and I would retreat to a rooftop terrance to relish an iced cold drink and soak up the sights of Marrakech's markets.



3/ Would ya just look at that face!? Of course no trip to the desert would be complete without the mandatory ride on a camel! In order to train the babies, they attach them to their mothers so this little guy was tagging along with us!
4/ Some of the buildings in Marrakech looked exactly like something out of a children's storybook, the colours were so vivid and the architecture so rustic, it was easy to think you were a character in Lawrence of Arabia. 



5/ Whilst casually pottering around the mountains, our tour guide informed us that this is where the original Moroccan people hail from - the Berbers. Native Berbers to this day dwell in the mountains and live a peaceful life.
6/ Even though sometimes you would think you were stuck in a time-warp, Marrakech did host some amazing surprises.



7/ For all you cat lovers out there - Marrakech is littered with them! Kitties would be lazing in the souks, pawing at you for food in the restaurants, and generally wrapped around your legs near constantly!
8/ During our excursion to the waterfalls, we ran into some very friendly cheeky monkeys.



9/ I've said it once and I'll say it again - the colour that consumes Marrakech is so beautiful, even their teasets are dazzling! 
10/ I don't know why this amazed me so much considering I'm surrounded by apple trees with our family business, but the fact that orange and lime trees grew everywhere was actually magical.



11/ One of Marrakech's biggest trades is leather, and with their abundance of gorgeous handmade shoes and bags, I was in heaven.
12/ LOOK AT THOSE COLOURS! The spices Marrakech hosted were breathtakingly staked into these immense and eye-catching pyramids and before you ask yes, I did get my hands on some bona fide Moroccan Argan Oil!



13/ We spent an entire day in the Majorelle Gardens. Although originally the vision of French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s, the gardens were later owned and redesigned by Yves Saint-Laurent. 
14/ Whenever Yves Saint-Laurent died in 2008, his ashes were scattered in this beautiful paradise.



15/ Even though the temperatures would rise to 50° during the day, come evening Marrakech would cool significantly and the scenery would turn movie-esque.
16/ Primark ain't got nothin' on these gorgeous Moroccan lanterns!



  1. These pictures look amazing. So jealous!
    Those teasets are stunning, your right, everything is so colourful. Why cant the UK be more like that?
    x tink x
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    1. Aww thank you so much doll! I miss it so much already but it was SUCH a culture shock, would go back in a heartbeat though :)

      Claire xo

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  2. Beautiful photos, looks like such a wonderful place I would love to visit some day x

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    1. Ohhh you definitely should visit it sometime - preferably not in the high summer season though as the face nearly melted off me it was that hot! And prices are cheap so living would be a breeze ;)

      Claire xo

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  3. Amazing pictures! I debated between Dubrovnik and Marrakech for ages earlier this summer and Dubrovnik won out but I'm still dying to visit Morocco!

    Bxx
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    1. That's so funny you should say that because I went to Morocco and my best friend headed to Dubrovnik - she absolutely loved it though and the scenery was amazing, though never say never to Morocco :)

      Claire xo

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  4. I am so jealous! It looks beautiful! Everyone's going to Morroco right now and it makes me really want to go!

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    1. I know right! It feels like all of the UK just flocked to Marrakech this year, but to be fair it was fantastic :)

      Claire xo

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  5. This looks incredible, so glad you had such an exciting adventure. Cant wait til you're back in newcastle!!

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    1. Ahhhh Rachel it was such a culture shock, like a completely different world! But yes, I'm buzzing to get back to the toon and have some equally amazing adventures there ;)

      Claire xo

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  6. Oh my gosh, it looks like you had the most amazing time ever. I'm so jealous!
    Hope you're well lovely
    Kloe xx
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    1. Kloe, it was SO colourful! Such a fest for the eyes, but my GAWD was it hot! I would definitely recommend it though m'dear if you ever fancy it!

      Claire xo

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  7. Beautiful photos! All the colors of Morocco really show in your pics.

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    1. Eeeeekk than you so much m'dear! The photos honestly don't do it enough justice, such a vibrant and lively civilisation, I'd fly back in the morning if I could :)

      Claire xo

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  8. Your pictures are Beautiful! Glad you enjoyed your
    Holiday, you're so lucky! It looks amazing there xx

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    1. Ahhh you should go if you ever get the chance doll! It's a very eye-opening and educating experience to see how another side of the world lives :) Plus the food and heat was divine!

      Claire xo

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  9. Wonderful photos!! Looks like a beautiful place!

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    1. Aww thank you so much Kerri, ain't got nothing on your gorgeous travel photos though!

      Claire xo

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  10. Looks amazing, so much colour!

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    1. Thank you so much m'dear! I actually couldn't get over how vibrant the place was, oh well, back to green, green Ireland for now haha :)

      Claire xo

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  11. I have just signed up to Travelbird - what a bargain this is!! I love travelling and have blogged about my travels around Europe just recently. Looks like a visit to Africa is next on the cards ;)

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    xx

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  12. So beautiful, thank you for sharing your visit with us. :)

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  13. Ah this looks so amazing, I'm insanely jealous. Your pictures are beautiful, I bet you had such an awesome time!

    Alice x
    slowlymendingme.blogspot.co.uk

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