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Of Mosques, Madrasahs and the Moroccan Sites of Spirituality

Imagine wearing shades of different colour everyday, how different the same thing may look depending on your colour code for that day. That’s why perspectives exist, that is why you can see same things under a new light if you change your location and attitude. It’s all in your eyes actually. Today we suggest you to get on the bandwagon to explore the Kingdom of Morocco from the spiritual and mystic perspectives, to unravel how religion, the practices, the monuments and the practicing people have nicely shaped up the very fabric of the society in this fascinating country.

Of Mosques, Madrasahs and the Moroccan Sites of Spirituality

One word of caution upfront is that if you are out and about on only a religious pilgrimage or spiritual discovery, then you may not find what you are looking for in Morocco. The mystic path is just one of the means to an end to know the country better, not to discover yourself or the God you believe in. Continue reading Of Mosques, Madrasahs and the Moroccan Sites of Spirituality

The Turbanator

Turbans are an off-beat fashion going around. They came about in last summer and I personally thought it will be great to pull it off for Autumn-Winter, as hats are needed in the cooler weather and this could be a great alternative to hats, but they also suit a Spring wardrobe quite comfortably because here, in the UK, we still need to wear a jacket in the evening and also on most cloudy days, they would serve well during the day time. Plus this could be your savior for bad hair days! Yayyy!

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Chaos With A Character, Madness Of Marrakech Medina

You may be one of the few who may fall into the trap of thinking that the Medina of Marrakech is a bit hyped. After all it’s a very crowded market place with a lot of noise, people selling all sorts of things under the sun. Think before you commit to this assumption by asking yourself that how many of such chaos you would have seen in the world which come with a character? Having travelled extensively all over India and being raised in a overtly populated country, I am no stranger to crowd and chaos. What is unique and appealing about the Medina of Marrakech was the fact that it is chaos with a character where even the cacophony had a certain charm, not found or experienced by me anywhere else in the world.Chaos With A Character, Madness Of Marrakech Medina Continue reading Chaos With A Character, Madness Of Marrakech Medina

Shopping in Morocco: Babouches and Beach Straw Totes

Marrakech has anything and everything you need to decorate your house aesthetically, filling up your senses and kitchen spice jars, upgrading your jewellery collection, cover your boring living room’s pine wood floors or even drinking a glass of afternoon mint tea in a royal Moroccan cup. If I could mute and blind the airline staff, freeze my bank account from lowering the amount of the savings, I could shop them all and bring home to London with me. Since that is not allowed, I still had my fair share of splurging, collected unique, authentic bits and pieces of artworks from Chefchaoen and the Medina in Marrakech from my maiden trip to Morocco. However, unlike Fez or Chefchaouen, it is  difficult to actually see craftsmen at work. Shop owners are more like salesmen not artisans and the best place to shop is where the crafts are actually made, usually in the villages of the countryside. You can find, however, unique items from all over Morocco.

At the inner circle of the Medina Djemma El Fna
At the inner circle of the Medina Jaama El Fna
Shopping in Morocco: Babouches and Beach Straw Totes
A stree-side beach straw basket shop owner strikes a pose

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Fabulous Fantasia Show at Chez Ali Marrakech

Certainly you will be dining at different places all around in Morocco but your experience may fall short of being magical unless you book yourself for a dinner plus show at the Chez Ali in Marrakech. The Fantasia, as it is popularly known as, is a long-standing must-have experience in Marrakech.

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Vintage Glamour: Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech

Team OneTimeFashionista’s Morocco madness continues as I started sorting  the bajillion of pictures we took. It will surprise nobody that we’ve returned from our “less than 10 days maiden voyage to Morocco” – already longing to go back.  My wish to stay on..and on..and on.. is becoming stronger and deeper as mystery unfolds about this intensely vibrant country. Marrakech alone could be the place for which natural oohs and aahhs are fully warranted! In this post, we take you to the magical Majorelle Gardens– discovered by Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) and Pierre Bergé in 1966, during their first stay in Marrakech.

Jardin Majorelle
Jardin Majorelle

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A Day Trip Near Marrakech: Visit The Kasbah Aït Benhaddou- A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The harder a place is to get to, the more mesmerising it is. The remote a place is to get to, the more rewarding that experience is. Although most would go to Essaouira or Agadir as a day trip from Marrakech but on our day three in Marrakech , we drove for 5 and a half hours through nearly 100 kilometres of treacherous but picturesque curvy mountainous roads and headed to south-east towards Ourzazate to see a UNESCO World Heritage Site called Aït Benhaddou. This is where we saw and met people from original Berber tribes.  Come, travel with us to find out why your Morocco trip will be left incomplete if you don’t explore this location at Ait Benhaddou.

Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987
Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987

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