I recently returned from a short break to Marrakech, Morocco, a country that I’ve always wanted to visit inspired by my favourite childhood book ‘Hideous Kinky’ by Esther Freud. The sights and sounds of Morocco come alive in that evocative book and Marrakech didn’t disappoint. We spent 4 night staying in a traditional riad in the heart of the Medina, within it’s walled ramparts. We wandered the sights, enjoyed local food and wine, battled the 42 degree heatwave and got lost in the mazes of souks in the medina. A day trip to the foothills of the Atlas Mountains provided glimpses of snowy peaks and Berber villages clinging to the hillsides. I loved Marrakech for its architecture and atmosphere, with its secret garden courtyards and labyrinthine riads hidden behind wooden doors. It’s a great place for people watching, peering down narrow alleyways, haggling with souk sellers and then retreating to a quiet courtyard with a fresh mint tea.
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