If you remember from my earlier post, the whole point of going to Morocco was to gather inspiration for the construction of our home this summer. I fully expected to go there and find new inspiration I would want to incorporate into our house. Instead I found the backstory to all the design cues that Bercy Chen had incorporated into our design. I can honestly say I left the country with way more appreciation for the work Bercy Chen has done.
Our 14 day stay in Morocco can be broken into three parts. We spent the first 4 days in Marrakech. It was a colorful blurry of small alleys winding every which way, and both after booth of goods. Everything from carpets (rugs) to scarves and pottery and spices and on and on. Because of my beard every vendor called me Ali Baba (I guess he had a beard too), which I guess is a common thing there. At first I was confused, but when I figured it out it became a fun joke that followed us everywhere we went. I don't have many photos of the sights in the streets because it feels a bit voyeuristic to be taking photos of people just trying to go about their daily life. The few I did snap were take as unobtrusively as possible.
The riads in Marrakesh are crazy. You have absolutely no idea from the street what they are going to look like inside. From the alley it's just another wooden door in the middle of a long skinny alley. The magic opens up inside with gorgeous interior courtyards, fountains, pools and plants. To get inside as many of these spaces as possible we visited museums, took cooking classes, visited hammams (traditional bath houses, often times now high end spas) and ate dinners at different restaurants. Here's a sample of some of those places.
Of course no trip to Marrakesh would be complete with out a trip to the amazing Jardin Majorelle. It is as expected, quite magical. The colors are so rich and I was surprised to see such a rich collection of plants, many of which we have right here in Texas. We definitely got some landscaping inspiration here.