Style, Travel

One Thousand and One Marrakech

June 24, 2015

After three days, spent by traveling through the snaky roads in the High Atlas Mountains and at Sahara, we finally reached Marrakech in the evening. The trip to the desert was a lifetime experience for me, as I described in my previous post. But now we were back in the city.

Lost in Medina

When the driver dropped us nearby our Riad Bindoo, we were tired and little confused. The noisy and chaotic streets were so much contrasting with the peace of the desert night before. All the alleys of Medina looked the same to us and we were not sure which was the right one. Honking motorbikes all around didn’t help us concentrate better.

If we didn’t look like two vagrants, we certainly felt so. Just in the right moment, an unknown man came to us. Maybe he recognized a lost prince with his princess in the two vagrants and guessed he might have been rewarded for the help. Thanks to him, we found the way, though it cost us something.

Riad Bindoo really looked like small oriental palace of the One Thousand and One Nights. Its attentive staff took care of us and welcomed us with the Mint tea and cookies. So it was easy to feel pretty royal there.




I don’t mind sacrificing the comfort, sleep in the tent, or not to sleep at all, for the sake of experiencing new adventures and see beautiful places. But after all, it was incredible pleasure to take a shower in the beautiful bathroom, wear clean dress and drink mint tea on comfortable sofa with the pool view. I enjoyed every piece of our splendid bed mattress, too. Especially in such a wonderful suite as we had.

suite1suite3_MG_4935_MG_4885_MG_4878suite4Morocco_ Marakes1_MG_4166Morocco_ Marakes2After few days with very little sleep, I took my time in the morning. The breakfast on the holiday should be a special event. And Morrocans know how to make it this way. Spring sun was shining and the view from the rooftop terrace over Marrakech tasted the same amazing as the sweet breakfast. The only thing I regret is that this time there wasn’t time left, to go to the famous steam bath hammam.

We had last two days to explore Marrakech but, after previous busy days, we didn’t want to rush. So we chose few places we wanted to visit and started to enjoy the amazing city in the relaxed pace.



_MG_4660_MG_4586_MG_4667_MG_4636Meeting with YSL

Our steps lead to one of the most beautiful places in Marrakech, Jardin Majorelle. Garden that Yves Saint Laurent saved and aggrandized, together with his partner Pierre Bergé.



I chose my clothes carefully, when getting ready to go there, like if I was worried to meet the designer somewhere between the fountain, lake and cactuses. I like to suit to the environment, when traveling, and keep my personal style. This time the result was the mix of the European, Asian and Arabic components in my outfit. I felt being nice dressed, and moreover, able to walk a lot.

Exotic garden is perfect to relax and get inspired, while sitting on one of the benches where, most probably, also Yves Saint Laurent was looking for the inspiration for the new collections.

Jardin Majorelle


The place gave us enough energy to go from the most peaceful to the busiest place in Marrakech – Jamaa el-Fnaa. The square, full of engaged sellers, selling everything possible and impossible, hard bargaining and exciting performances. We were proud to get the great price when buying a bedsheet and a teapot with the sugar bowl. The one of those looking like magic Jinn would go out from inside. I like souvenirs, but only those that I can incorporate to my house or use, not only put on a shelf.

Though, we were not able to face to all those merchants for long. After two or three hours, we took the deserved break in one of the European style restaurant. Not because we didn’t like the local food, we really loved it. But after few days of trying only the Moroccan meals, we wanted something different.

We chose the Italian restaurant, which is something making me happy, wherever in the world I am. But it was really tough to refuse the tempting invites of the Moroccans, telling us we should come to eat at their restaurant because we look too skinny, even starving. What else one wish to hear?

IMG_2486_MG_4859Even more beauty

For me, even a better experience than the biggest square, were tiny streets, also full of oriental stuff and cute cats, but much calmer. Because here we had enough space to look around properly. Morocco with its aesthetic has so much to offer. The architecture reflects the colors of the nature – red soil , desert sand and blue sky.

The oriental shapes never stops fascinating me. Everything looks incredible – the buildings, the furniture, cookware and everything else. Also the airport is something special. In each and every corner, you can find this delicate sense for the beauty. And it’s usually all accompanied by a friendly smile and great services.

I know I only saw a very small part of what Morocco shows, so before we left, we started to plan another trip. We need to see more of Sahara, go to Fez, Agadir, Casablanca and many others, to experience all its colors and curves.

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Morocco_ Marakes-002_MG_4281_MG_4265_MG_4291Morocco_ Marakes-001Morocco_airportPhotos by Daniela Rifai, Martin Jesny, Riad Bindoo

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  • Reply Stephanie Louise June 28, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I don’t even know where to begin! This looks like a pages from a travel magazine. You are so lucky to visit here – it’s on the top of my list! My friend visited a few weeks ago and I am so jealous of the photos. It looks so dreamy, and I can only imagine how it was to actually be there. You are gorgeous as always! x

    • Reply Daniela June 28, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thank you Stephanie for such a nice comment! I wish you to visit Morocco very soon. I’m sure you will enjoy it a lot.

  • Reply Shannon August 9, 2015 at 7:47 am

    These photos are gorgeous & the place looks amazing. I actually like to get lost in new places though, because that’s usually when I stumble upon great things I wouldn’t have found otherwise. I’m glad you got there in the end though!


  • Reply Daniela August 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you Shannon! You are right. Sometimes it’s the best to get lost in new country. I’m pretty experienced in this discipline too. 🙂

  • Reply Lauren at adorn la femme August 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Daniela, I am so in love with this photo diary! You are a fabulous photographer and you look so stunning in the shots as well! Dreamy, dreamy, dreamy!!!xo


    adorn la femme

    • Reply Daniela August 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you Lauren, it’s great to hear you like it. 🙂

  • Reply Alessandra September 8, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Amazing photos! And some amazing time you’ve spent there. I hope I’ll get there some time in the future.

  • Reply the style crusader October 26, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Wow. This post is so magical. All the pictures are so captivating. Really beautiful.



  • Reply Emily August 15, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Definitely need to visit this beautiful destination. All of these photos made me jealous! Looks like you had a blast, thanks for sharing.
    Isn’t That Charming.

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