10.03.2010 - 10.03.2010
Mum and I caught a coach at 12.30am from the all new Digbeth coach station in B'ham to London Gatwick to catch our easyjet flight to Marrakech at 7.50am.
It was initially not our intention to go to Morocco as we had orignally planned to go to Madeira but due to the severe floods a few weeks ago we decided to change our destination. Morocco just popped into my head and marrakech will be our home away from home for the next week.
This is our first holiday without Dad. It is strange but we know that he is with us in spirit and would want us to continue doing the things that we loved doing as a family. He was all for living life to the full and experiencing as much as possible and so we will continue to do this.
Just as we were about to board our flight, we were told that it would be delayed by an hour as they needed to change a tyre - great!! However it didn't take as long as they had initially though and after only a 10 minute delay we boarded our flight. The time was made up and we arrived in Marrakech on schedule. We got our transfer which was pre-arranged in UK (resorthopper) as I had heard that the taxi drivers really try to rip you off and made the 15 min journey to our hotel Ryad Mogador Marrakech.
The hotel is 3 star and is basic but clean. The reason why I chose this hotel is it's close proximity to the old town (20 mins by foot), new town (10 mins by foot) and the Majorelle Gardens (5-10 mins by foot).
After refreshing ourselves at the hotel, we made our way to the Majorelle Gardens. The entry is 30 dirhams (just under £3). This beautiful garden was designed in the 1920's by Jacques Majorelle and was restored by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1980's. It's full of beautiful cacti, flowers, colourful pots and facades and water features.
Yves Saint Laurent's ashes are scattered in the garden and there is a memorial for him. There is also a room displaying some of his art work - designs for greeting cads whichhe sent to friends, family and clients.
We enjoyed a delicious mint tea and Moroccon pastries in the garden's cafe which is in a pretty courtyard setting.
Just a point to note that it's open from 8-noon and then from 2-6pm daily.
It's a good thing that there is no time difference so can get on and do things without feeling tired.