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Marrakesh/Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco

First day in Marrakech, we were taken around the city, which isn’t big. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Rabat and Fes. Marrakech was once the capital of Morocco. Like other Moroccan cities, it comprises an old fortified city with 19 gates for entrance and exit and now bordered by modern neighborhood. The charm of the old city is being preserved within the walls of the kasbah (fortress).

So, is it Marrakech or is it Marrakesh. While street signs are spelt Marrakesh which is in French spelling, Marrakesh is the English equivalent. Both are correct and used.

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Horse drawn carriage in front of one of the 19 gates of Marrakech, Bab Agnaou. It’s the entrance to the royal kasbah in the southern part of the medina of Marrakech.

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 one of the nineteen gates of Marrakech, Bab Agnaou gives entrance to the royal kasbah in the southern part of the medina of Marrakech

A smaller outer gate besides Bab Agnaou.

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The inner city within the kasbah.

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Another part of the inner city.

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Storks on roof top.

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Shoplots in the old part of Marrakech.

Vendors of local products along the streets of Marrakech.
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The modern part of Marrakech.

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Wide and clean street leading to Djeema el Fna.

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Horse drawn carriage on the streets.

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Palm trees along the streets.

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Kasbah Cafe awaiting your patronage..

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Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh, Morocco

We arrived to our hotel in Marrakesh late in the evening after an exhausting 10+ hours bus ride from Fes. The only stops we made was in the winter resort of Ifrane and at Beni Mellal for lunch. We were assigned to Hotel Atlas Asni which has a huge lobby & dining/breakfast room. The sprawling garden at the back was beautifully kept with lots of orange trees bearing fruits. The room is large and comfortable.

Tonight we will catch up with our sleep and tomorrow we have a full day’s itinerary in Marrakesh.

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh.

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh

The huge lobby of Hotel Atlas Asni.

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh

Busy filling up our hotel registration form.

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh

Our bedroom. Spacious.

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh

The bathroom.

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh

View of the hotel’s pool from our balcony.

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh

The outdoor breakfast terrace.

Hotel Atlas Asni, Marrakesh

The hotel’s beautifully kept garden.

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Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco

Jardin Majorelle or the Majorelle Garden is a twelve-acre botanical garden in Marrakech. The garden was originally owned by Jacques Majorelle a painter originating from France. The property was later put up for sale after his death. On learning that a hotel construction was planned for the plot of land, co-founders of YSL, Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge bought it in 1980 and undertook to restore the neglected garden.

Irrigation systems were installed for the distribution of water to the specific needs of each plant. New plant species were added and a team of gardeners were engaged to maintain the garden, ponds and fountains.

An interesting item to note is the use of the color blue, more specifically ‘Majorelle Blue’ in the garden. So unique is this blue it is said to have been patented. Yves Saint Laurent receives endless source of inspirations in Jardin Majorelle. After his death in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the garden

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Ticket booth at the entrance.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Jardin Majorelle directional signboard.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Way to YSL memorial.

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YSL memorial. Credit : jardinmajorelle.com

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Garden with bamboo trees.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Pond in the garden.

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Fountain in a pond surrounded with cactus.

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More cactus plants.

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Varieties of cactus.

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Beautifully kept cactus garden.

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Creeping cactus, standing cactus, bulb cactus. You name it.

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A splash of other colors minimally used.

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Plenty of benches in the garden to rest.

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Berber museum in the background.

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A popular photographed window.

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Courtyard for you to rest.

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Another popular spot to photograph due to the contrasting colours.

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Exterior of Berber museum.

Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech

Exterior of Berber museum.

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