Last November I took a little trip to Marrakesh with my mum and sister. It was the first time I’d been away without my husband or the kids in 2 years and it was so good for the soul. It’s easy to neglect our need for personal space, space from our roles as mothers, partners, workers. To just be ‘us’ for a while.
I’d visited Morocco 17 years earlier with a girlfriend one summer break during Uni. We backpacked across the country staying in tiny hostels and riads with colourful tiled floors and balconies that looked out over the hustle and bustle of the souks. My memories were of a magical land with beautiful people, busy market squares, and colourful corners. Not a huge amount has changed in the years since I’d last visited other than my ability to blend in more this time since the locals are more accustomed to seeing blonde, white women through the growth of their tourism trade. The people of Marrakesh are wonderful; warm, kind and funny and the city has so many pockets to explore. If you’re planning on travelling to Marrakesh I’ve added a couple of links to some good restaurants worth a visit.
- Take a break from the souks with lunch at Nomad
- Terrasse des Espices is a casual restaurant good for lunch, with views over the city
- Tobsil is great for a really authentic Moroccon meal
- We stayed at Riad Tarabel which was absolutely beautiful and well located for exploring the souks
Here are a few of my favourite images from our trip, almost all of which were shot on beautiful 35mm film.