Sunday, 20 August 2017

Marrakech, Morocco | Travel Photo Diary

Picture of Marrakech Menara Airport
Paul, Croissant, Food
Picture of Riad Sofia, Marrakech
Picture of Riad Sofia
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Jemaa El-Fnaa, Marrakech
Picture of Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech

Three whole months later. The Morocco post. Before I went away I was on a consistent roll with my blog, a post a month. Then I went away and massive thanks to BA & their technology issues I had to stay longer which added stress & after that just never found time, or should I say motivation, to finish this post. So here it is. My first proper holiday in 10+ years as opposed to Paris which was just a city break. My first time in Africa & Morocco. This trip was a real experience, to say the least.

Staying at Riad Sofia, a short walk from the Koutoubia Mosque & Jemaa El-Fnaa, we had the loveliest host called Ibrahim who was very welcoming to any needs we had, including helping us order takeaway food late in the evening & hanging out with us for a chat whilst we waited. Riads have a much more traditional feel to them, like a Moroccan house with an inner courtyard, so we opted to stay in one for the full experience. Our first day was spent settling in, after arrival we had a long nap & then went to the square to get something to eat. It was such a beautiful scene with all the lights and market/square still vibrant after dark.

Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Marjorelle, Marrakech
Picture of Yves Saint Laurent Memorial, Marrakech
Picture of Yves Saint Laurent Memorial, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Restaurant, Marrakech
Picture of Le Jardin Restaurant, Marrakech

Have you really been to Marrakech if you haven't visited El Jardin Marjorelle. Words can not describe the beauty of this garden in person. Photos I'd seen online did no justice to what this place really looks like. From the boldness of the Marjorelle blue to the greenery of all the different plants & cacti. This is where Yves Saint Laurent's memorial is & what a place to be remembered in. I have to say Marrakech has such beautiful sights, some of the roads & architecture there is so beautiful. After spending a fair amount of time in here taking in the sights, getting some photos & embracing the moment, we headed to El Jardin restaurant located in the Souks, they usually have turtles walking around but sadly we didn't see any, for dinner.

Now I have to mention that on the way back from the restaurant we experienced quite an uncomfortable situation with some younger men in the area after losing sense of direction. This trip brought to my attention that some men were not very respectful of women from outside their country and could be very intimidating as well as consistent in harassing you even though we declined any need for help. After being followed & harassed by one, the decision made between me & my friend to follow a group of Asian women & knock on their Riad for help found us a lovely man, the Riad owner, who walked us all the way back to the square, giving us advice on how to read people & stay safe when out.
God bless him!

Picture of Palm Grove, Marrakech
                                                                                                                                                                                
The next day we had planned to go on the excursion I had most highly anticipated, quad biking & camel riding. Now I had done both things before but not in this way. On my year 6 trip we rode quad bikes round a tiny track & ever since I've wanted a quad bike & to go on one again. That experience was amazing, driving though Palm Grove with the wind attacking me but I would 100% do it again. We stopped off at a Berber village for Moroccan mint tea, or whisky as they call it, and a light snack then set off back to the Quad drop off point. Tip for anyone doing this excursion. Future - Mask off is perfect for this however white converse are not. After this our transfer dropped us to the camel place where we rode around on camels, this is so painful for your inner thighs but the last time I went on a camel it was in the chairs at the side so I wanted to experience this at least once.

Our last couple days were very relaxed and spent going back to the square to do some souvenir shopping, I bought several bracelets, argan oil and a lovely royal blue top with amazing detailing that had cream pants to match. The square had been such a new experience, seeing all the interesting things people were selling, the music and busy crowds & having them shout out any female celebrity they could think of to get your attention. I opted for an all white outfit this day, that didn't last long, by the time we got back to the Riad it was stained with watermelon juice.
Well done Tia!
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel, Marrakech
Picture of Ryanair Wing

Lowe & behold the trip came to an end, or so we thought. BA system crashes & a cancelled flight later we end up spending an extra two days in a luxury hotel not far from the airport, Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel. The staff here were very accommodating to us & we got to enjoy lunch & dinner here. It's funny because we actually got to experience the traditional & the luxury side of Morocco in one trip, partially paid for by BA however having to fork out for another flight home, which may I add me & my friend had to get on two separate flights, was not part of the plan and believe me those last two days were stressful.

I can only say that this trip was one hell of an experience in itself, some good moments some bad. The sights of Marrakech are definitely worth seeing, there is so much beauty in this city. However I'd say that if you are a woman I'd say to be wary of your surroundings at night, don't be naïve to random men inviting you places & also to be aware of how you are dressing. The best thing about life is learning & I have to say this trip taught me a lot.
I don't know why this took me so long to post.
But here it is, 7 days in Marrakech, 3 months later!

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"People don't take trips - trips take people"
- John Steinbeck

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

From The Cotton Dress to Bold Swimwear | A Zaful Wishlist

Having watched a load of Zaful hauls lately on YouTube and endlessly browsing their website, I have put together a quick key essentials wishlist for summer of some of the items I'm loving on their site including the short cotton dress & dress long dress, bold swimwear & a bunch of tops perfect for everyone.

Living in London I'm not going to act like we actually have a summer here but that shouldn't stop anyone from investing in their summer/holiday wardrobe anyway. Zaful is an affordable Asian website, based in Hong Kong, that sells various styles of clothing for decent prices, trust me I love a good Asian clothing site.

Summer Dresses

Nothing is better than a nice dress when the weather decides to not act up. Easy to throw on with a pair on sandals or converse and off you go. Only recently I've started to venture away from wearing trousers & jeans and buying cute dresses to add something different to my wardrobe. Especially on the hotter days cotton dresses like these are perfect for a day spent shopping or hanging out with friends. If you're looking for cute summer dresses then check out Zaful for sure!


Bell Sleeves & Frilly Tops

I can't stress how essential nice tops are in your wardrobe. Being someone who loves to wear jeans or trousers on a night out I was forever having to wear the same tops. It wasn't until recently I started investing more into tops so I was happy to see such a variety of tops for all occasions on their site. I picked out three of my favs to add to the wishlist but there were plenty others I loved here. I've been getting into this off the shoulder trend & have been wanting to get more kimono sleeved tops so these two are definitely my favourites/ The first one is actually advertised as a dress but it looks quite short so there's nothing wrong with throwing some jeans underneath and making it more versatile.


Bold Swimwear

Gone are the days of basic swimwear! Nowadays it's all about the cut outs, scalloped edges & bold colours. If you don't know by now citrus colours like yellows & oranges are key to every black girls wardrobe this summer. Pick colours that contrast well with your skintone to make your swimwear stand out. If like me you're not 100% for the two pieces, opt for a cute one piece with a nice design that will still give you a nice shape like the one above. All these swim pieces are under £15, shop others
here

What are your wardrobe staples this summer?
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