A trip to Marrakesh...
Some people like to travel to new places every time. Others, like me, like to return again and again to the places we like. I love going to a popular city, having my favorite bars and restaurants, and going back to my favorite stores and venues. It makes me feel like a local, even for a little while. One of the cities that I have returned to many times is Marrakech, and it never ceases to fascinate and captivate me.
The first time I visited it was in my twenties, in a previous incarnation as a travel writer. I spent a few days in Marrakech before heading to Essaouira and finally to the Atlas Mountains. I fell in love with Morocco and, above all, with the bustling, frenetic and colorful Marrakech. Since then I have returned many times, for work and for pleasure. I have a diary full of shops, restaurants and bars, and favorite stalls in the souk.
I can't wait to go back, but it might be a while before I can due to the pandemic, so I thought why not bring Marrakech home with me?
There are many places I love in the city: Le Jardin Majorelle, Yve Saint Laurent's beautiful house and garden decorated in iconic cobalt blue; the Nomad Bar and the Café des Epices, in the Places des Epices; Le Jardin Secret, a beautifully restored palace and garden.
Of all these places, Le Jardin, a magnificent restaurant in a patio full of plants, hidden in the heart of the souk. It's decorated in a vibrant Moroccan green, with black accents, all with a playful retro hue. The food is delicious, but I go mostly for the atmosphere. It's one of my favorite places in the world.
I've been wanting to play with color for a while now. And now that I've immersed myself in green, it's becoming something of an obsession!
The collection includes selected pieces from European brands that evoke the essence of the city, along with pieces produced by artisans in Morocco. I am especially excited to have brought a limited collection from the iconic Moroccan design brand Chabi Chic. It includes a range of cosmetics and aromas for the home, ceramics and decorative pieces in tadelakt, the traditional polished plaster.
I will be celebrating the collection over the next few weeks with social media posts, including recipes and decorating inspiration. So stay tuned and follow me to enjoy this little trip to Marrakech, without leaving your home.
I hope it also inspires you to visit this beautiful city sometime, and fall in love with it as much as I do.
To see all the photos in the collection click here...