Today we headed to the ‘new city’ to Gueliz. Which is the modern side of the city with a European style atmosphere but Moroccan twist. We wandered through Gueliz looking in some of the boutique shops and ended up at Jardin Majorelle.
Jardin Majorelle is an oasis of calm and tranquility. This is the garden of Jacques Majorelle and his father, the garden was left in disrepair before being bought by the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The fashion designer’s ashes are sprinkled in the garden and there is a memorial to the designer. The garden is filled with all kinds of plants from all over the world including cacti, bamboo, palm trees and lily ponds. The garden is dotted with different coloured terracotta pots, it’s the perfect place to hide from the sun with a book. Within the gardens of Jardin Majorelle is the Berber museum. Berber’s are the original inhabitants of Morocco and live in the Atlas Mountains . The museum explained their culture and history and showed some of the original Berber artefacts. There was a wide range of jewellery, weapons, textiles, leather, basket work and woven textiles.
Finding it so hot in the afternoons, reaching almost 45 degrees having a swimming pool to use was a god send. Relaxing by the swimming pool is a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Marrakech.
Checking out some restaurants on the way we ended up eating in Jemaa el Fna again for dinner. We sat in one of the restaurants with a terrace overlooking the square. Once again it was really busy with a great atmosphere. We watched the square from afar, where sellers, dancers, food stalls, snake charmers, monkeys and falcons handlers all make a living. Walking through the square I felt on edge at all times, worried I may be given a monkey to hold at any time or run over by a moped or bicycle.
The streets and square were all very busy mainly with locals as today is a Moroccan holiday. The feast of the thrones which is to celebrate the ascend of the king, although we didn’t see any celebrations.