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HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE ROYAL MANSOUR

Holiday season decorationat Royal Mansour Marrakech

Of all hotels in Marrakech, the

Royal Mansour

has th

at

little (or big) something!  When the Royal Family visits Marrakech, the entire hotel is at their disposal. And on other days, it's just for all of us! Making us feel somewhat like a princess! If that's not a reason to book...

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I was so happy to find and share these beautiful photos at

ID prestige Maroc

on how perfect and romantic it looks during the Christmas and New Year Season. The ideal moment to get yourself or your loved one a gift out of their

gift shop

and soak up the atmosphere

Holiday season decorationat Royal Mansour Marrakech
Holiday season decorationat Royal Mansour Marrakech

 

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A MARRAKECH SHOPPING TOUR - GUÉLIZ

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

Today is Guéliz' day because we love that city district! It's all about that little French touch that we love so much. About art, design and style.

Guéliz ( the name comes from the French word Église, meaning church ) is along the big Avenue Mohamed V. When the weather is sunny but not too hot, it's a nice walk from the Médina all the way there. But remember you'll have some shopping to do and you might want to consider a taxi.

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A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

09:00 breakfast at the hotel.

10:30 We start at

Le Musée YSL

to set the topic of today! 'STYLE' (closed on Wednesdays!)

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz
A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

At about 11.30 We make time for that other gem, the carpet store of

Soufiane Zarib

. After this we head to Majorelle 33, a concept store packed with Moroccan design and adding new items every week. Today we ignore the Majorelle Garden as these are so much more beautiful on a bright and sunny morning. .  (if possible already around 9a.m.) When you do so, please take some extra time to visit all the other quality design stores that are all located around Rue Yves Saint Laurent.

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz
Cite Fouque

cité Fouqué picture source unknow

14.00 If you are a lover of architecture, and especially art-deco architecture, then you would love to take a walk after lunch through the old part of Guéliz. You will discover some real beautiful architecture there! Don't miss Cite Fouquè, one of the few, if not the only untouched street of old Guéliz.

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

15.00 We explore Guéliz and have some serious shopping to do! beautiful designer stores, gallery's, tea and coffee houses...central street is Rue de La Liberté on both sides of Mohamed V and you can wander off quite far discovering yet another trendy little boutique.

My Favourite addresses? Soon in 'The little Blackbook - Marrakech'

18.30 Apero at

le 68 Bar à Vin

. This trendy spot is located on Rue de La Liberté!

20.00 Let's go La Poste!

Grand café de la Poste

is an option for me at any given moment a day! But the real art-deco, colonial spirit it reveals a night. Soft jazz Music, candle light, good service and good food. We said STYLE was our theme, no?

A marrakech shopping tour - Guéliz

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DIRTY EARTH TONES - 5 things to add and create the look

pottery, morocco,

Tamegroute pottery at my favourite shop

unrefined...

From an old farm house renovation where old inscriptions were treasured, to factory lofts where rusty lines on a brick wall dress the place and turn into art...

unrefined...

the beauty in what was once a happening in life. Time turns everything into beauty. It's up to you to discover it.

Here some inspiration on ethnic treasures from the souks and some that inspired me to create a look with earth tones and what to add to it.

Enjoy!

in the souks or even better at a local Marché aux Puces

with the right light every day objects become a still life

the small 'off the tourist road' shop of my Tamegroute man keeps inspiring with it's light

a beautiful Beni Ouarain cape combines all the earthy colours

old linen fabrics can be wonderful artworks

a vintage fifties Moroccan carpet (Beni Mtir Kelim) here shown from the backside adds the right dose of rhythm to a space with it's subtle movements.

In stock now!

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HISTOIRE DE FILLES - a beautiful collection

fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane

Today, while I was patiently waiting to show the new collection of our Essaouira women's cooperative Anaouras at

Histoire de Fille

, I had some time to soak up the beautiful design they have!

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There is so much creativity in morocco and young and trendy brands are popping up fast. For these brands, it often is vital to have a place to showcase their design and find a platform to make an income. Concept stores like Histoire de Filles in Essaouira and in Marrakech Max&Jan Medina and Majorel33 are a great way to find a stylish shop window to lift it to the level where it should be. 

Edgy - Colourfull and an Ambassador for Morocco.

Have a look!

fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane

beautiful shopper made of Kelim carpets

fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane

inspired by Moroccan zeliges and Mosaic...

fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane
fashion, moroccan design, moroccan hipster, anaouras, choukrane

beautiful collection for Kids! Hipsterproof CHOUKRAN

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A RAINY DAY ESCAPE PLAN for Marrakech

rain route Marrakech

photographer unknow, styling by coco-morocco

Rain!

What an unpleasant surprise when you are visiting a city that almost always enjoys sunshine.

Fortunately, there is more than enough to escape to and if you are lucky, you picked a riad that you want to enjoy with a good book and some mint tea...

In case you want to hit town, follow me!

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09:30 lazy breakfast at the hotel.

Spa at La Maison Arabe

La Maison Arabe

Address

:

Derb Assehbi, Marrakesh 40000

Phone

:

05243-87010

11:00 Go for the

Forfait Impérial

at

Maison Arabe.

It's the best Spa treatment I had in Marrakech on many levels! Service, products, know how and treatments.

13.00 Lunch - included in the package  (and fantastic)

lunch by the pool

lunch by the pool at Maison Arabe

14.30 Have a stroll in the neighbourhood and don't forget the shops of Valéry Barkowski and the magic wonderworld of

Mustapha Blaoui 

The magical wonderworld of Mustapha Blaoui

Enter the wonderworld of Mustapha Blaoui

Address

:

144 Arset Aouzal Rd, Marrakesh 40000 

The shop of V.Barkowski is just some 100 m further down the street at the same side.

Phone

:

05243-85240

Musée Boucharouite

Musé Boucharouite

Address

:

107 40000, Derb al Cadi, Marrakesh

Phone

:

05243-83887

17.00 There's still time for some culture! Go and get taken away by the wonderful carpet reading at Musée Boucharouite

,

a unique, ornate space, showcasing the intricate art of Moroccan rugs & the stories behind them.

Address

:

107 40000, Derb al Cadi, Marrakesh

18.30 Have apero somewhere warm, I can suggest to go straight to

Le Trou au Mur

and look for a cosy place around the fire. While you're there, I strongly recommend you to stay for dinner too!!

Le Trou au MUR, a perfect way to end a rainy day by the fireplace

Spend the last hours of this rainy day by the open fire and enjoy Le Trou au Mur.

Address

:

39 Derb el Farnatchi، Marrakesh 40000

Phone

:

05243-84900

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A TANGIER CITY TRIP - where to stay and enjoy the good life

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

The harbour and the bay

Many moons ago...I arrived in Tangier (Tanger, Tanja, Tangiers). It was the first day of Ramadan and it was my first visit ever to Morocco.

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I might have shared this with you already, but a picture in an interior design magasine got me under its spell and I took the plane to go and discover...

Little did I know!

My first trip was just one of many to follow and some years later (about 5 years ago) Morocco became my home.  

There is no explanation for that, does there need to be, I wonder?

I was taken by the beauty, the many skills, and the light.

Even though I settled in Essaouira and drift to Marrakesh now and then, the blues of Tangier are always on my mind. When I see a photo, I recognise the intensity of the light, the fresh shades of blue..

Finally after many years, while returning from my

countryside Pop-up

in Belgium, I took the chance to have some time again in this fantastic city with a view on Europe.

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Tangier, the Ocean and the Meditarenian meet somewhere here. View from La Tangerina.

Tangier is French and Moroccan, French architecture has been adapted to Moroccan lifestyle and all seem to blend perfectly together.

My favourite things to do while spending some time in Tangier.

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

La Tangerina

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

La Tangerina

Stay at wonderful

La Tangerina

in the Kasbah. 

This place has this what the French call 'je ne sais quoi'. Old continental Colonial charm revisited.

The place feels relaxed, at home and stylish. This is a delicate balance but La Tangerine manages to dance on this thin line!

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Terrace at La Tangerina.

Lunch at

Dar Nour

in the Kasbah.

Dar Nour was my number one choice when I first visited Tangier. It still is one of my favourite places to hang out. This time, however, I did not have time but  I strongly recommend you to go and have lunch and enjoy the city and bay view on their rooftop. If one of the owners is around, do ask them to tell the story of the house, of the reconstruction and of wonderful Abdelatif who was a constructor but turned out to be an excellent cook and serves the most wonderful dishes.

Afternoon tea with a spectacular view at La Tangerina.

While a guest at La Tangerina, you should spend every free and lazy moment on their rooftop! This place is to die for! front row blues with the little city of Tarifa in the distance.

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Hotel Nord Pinus and La Tangerina

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Nights at Nord Pinus

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Nord Pinus bar

Apero and Dinner at

the neighbours

.

I know, it sounds lazy...but why spend time getting lost when your neighbour happens to be Nord Pinus Tanger!!! This place is another must see and the Harbour and bay view at sunset is just something you have to experience for real. Their menu is perfect and prices are reasonable. After all, this is top location!

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Morning impressions in Tangier

Have a morning stroll just after sunrise.

I like old Medina's when almost everyone is still asleep. One of my favourite things to do is to pack my camera and go and snap the city. There is no other moment of the day when the sunlight enters in a way that makes you realise that 'this is the moment' - the silence, the early birds, the far away scooter...

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OCTOBER IN MARRAKECH - Musée YSL and TEDx Marrakesh

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakesh

Model of the Museum by Studio KO

October 2017 is going to be hot

in Marrakech

! Hotter than July and August together!

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When your favorite

architect team

builds a Museum for your favorite designer.

When TEDx Marrakech keeps a promise of being more 'on spot' than ever, and when all these events just seem to collide with our own Black and White home styling retreat!

We know it sounds like a coincidence but we don't believe in coincidences. No, we think it's meant to be like this. Just to give you the best MARRAKECH experience ever!

October 19: Official opening of the brand new

Yves Saint Laurent Museum

. Marrakech will have yet another example of contemporary world-class architecture.

October 21:

TEDx Marrakesh

. This event has definitely become a place to feel the heartbeat of this city and shows that Marrakesh is here to stay and is becoming a major city of influence. Young, energetic and colourful in many ways.

October 22: Our Home Styling and Shopping Holiday:

Harmony in Black and White

. It's all about creating your own bliss! Start connecting to what it is you really like! Collect it and turn it into a moodboard to manifest it for real!

For those who want, we have a special offer, 2 nights extra on a magical location* inclusive visit of the MUSÉE YSL and full day with lunch and networking event at TEDx Marrakesh !  

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for the EXTRA offer. Only participants of our Home Styling and Shopping Retreat!

(as riads are getting fully booked because of all the events, we might offer different locations for these extra nights but we make sure you will have high quality experiences)

For us, it's important to get to know you before the retreat! Have a look and fill out the

questionnaire

.

How they experienced one of our 'bliss at home' retreats

Just want to thank you SO VERY MUCH for making my Morocco experience one filled with positive, beautiful memories that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.

Robin Bonner - Washington D.C.

I deeply valued your negotiation skills and the story behind getting the deal.

I learned to enjoy the art!

Liesbeth - Singapore

Marlène, your were great!  I had a hard time adapting from structured Japan to hectic Marrakech. Thanks to you I adored the shopping moments

THANK YOU

Kyoko - Tokyo

This workshop was an eye-opener for me.  I now have a solid plan, not only for my home, but you gave me some great insights far beyond thanks to the magic of visualization.

Inge - Kortrijk

I come back :) So much more to shop.  So much more to discover.  In love with your concept and...the red city

.

Sal. - London

What a great idea for giving us this tool to create our moodboard and that list of online shops!!  Marrakech feels so much closer now!  Thank You.

Brigitte - Amsterdam

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ADOBE - ONE GREAT WAY TO CREATE TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE

“a home should have a warming effect on ones life” - Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 - 1986)

Africa? Greece? Spain? Mexico?

When I look at

Georgia O'Keeffe's

1945 Abiquiu house

in New Mexico, I notice how similar techniques and beauty are all over the world. 

One

way in creating timeless beauty is to stay as close as possible to what nature offers us to work with, and in fact...it's a very simple way!  This 1940's adobe house is ageless, beautiful and of a warming minimalism.

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It's good to reflect from time to time on our own personal values, ALSO when it comes to what we allow to surround us in our homes.  Picking colours and textiles to create a home is a very personal thing and there is are some basic rules to keep in mind:

Does it reflect who I am? Does it add to my well being? Does it make me happy?

This home might not be your thing but to me, it shows how timeless architecture can be.

all photos found

here

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5 ETHNIC CHIC HOTELS - WAKING UP TO TRIBAL SOUNDS

Urban Tribal chic, when Nordic cool interiors get mixed with tribal goods. That's one way to travel Morocco.

One of the things I like to do most here in Morocco is visiting riads. I just never seem to get enough of the feeling I get when entering a door in the medina. The surprise when you come into that courtyard!  Some of these hotels are so beautiful that I've started sorting them in my 3 favourite styles. 

Let's look into one of these categories today!

Ethnic, Tribal Chic is for sure the one that appeals to a very large group of travellers here in Africa. Sometimes I see it mentioned as new bohemian. It has nothing with bohemian but everything with a history that in most of the cases relates to Africa. The tribes and the beautiful handcraft mastered by them that we still enjoy nowadays.

My favourite ones, among many others all over Morocco,  I've listed here for you. Have a look!

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Riad Palacio de las Especias.

riad palacio de las Especias, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

What a name! And what a dream! The perfect picture. When entering the door you know, you're here for an African experience.

Moroccan Ethnic chic mixed with Andalusian flair. It's like a flashback several decades in time. You feel the history of a town that was invaded by so many tribes and had been put under foreign leadership more than once. All because of its importance, connecting the other side of the High Atlas with the rest of the world.  The Tribal routes and Caravans that came across the mountains, ready and eager to trade their products here.

If you want to experience all of that, you will like this riad a lot!

Address:

35 Derb Sidi Bou Amar, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

- Phone:

+212 5243-75314

Berber Lodge

.

Berber Lodge, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

Traditional Berber building techniques - earth bricks, wooden beams of palm tree and eucalyptus.  Tastefully combined with low key country chic décor, rattan, vintage fabrics from Morocco and abroad, with tadelakt and marble bathrooms adding the requisite amount of luxury.

Implement this in a countryside that is among my favourites when out and around Marrakech.  Berber Lodge is a beautiful answer to a need to combine authentic charm with the luxury of simplicity and silence.

Less is a lot more here! 

Address: 

Douar Oumnes, Tamesloth, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

- Phone:

00 212 6 71 08 36

Bliss Riad.

Bliss riad, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

A late evening while wandering home, I passed the old door that I had passed a million times.  This evening, however, it was different. Through the slightly open door, I noticed a most wonderful patio. I could not stop myself from staring at all this beauty and the magical light that came from within. Too late I noticed someone had seen me and asked if I wanted to have a closer look. Thinking I had been gazing into a private home I felt uncomfortable. Can you imagine how excited I was, finding out that this was a soon to be opened riad!

It is really the best location I can think of. In the heart of the Medina, between Mouassine, Dar el Bacha and Riad Laarouse. Close to all my favourite shops, opposite to my favorite

hide away

and right next to the perfect

sunset rooftop

in town!

You can't wish for anything more when in Marrakesh!! 

Address: 

182 Rue Mouassine, Dar El Bacha, Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

- Phone:

+(212) 6 15 31 20 49

Villa Maroc.

Villa Maroc, Essaouira. Ethnic chic

Many years after setting the trend, not only in Essaouira but in the whole of Morocco, this grand old lady still rocks.  Villa Maroc is not just a riad, it was the first riad in Essaouira, and I'm proud to say that this little town was THE trendsetter for this kind of lodging. turning beautiful old houses into guest accommodations.

There are only a few hotels that have the 'finesse' of staying hip and trendy during such a long time while benefitting of a well-routined team with a service of a level to set an example for many.

Experience the real thing when you want to know what Ethnic chic is about!

Address:

10 Rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

- Phone:

+(212) 5 24 47 31 47

Riad Baladin.

Riad Baladin, Essaouira. Ethnic chic

Yes please, let's stay in cool Essaouira and explore some more hotels here!

Besides their website that needs an update to reflect what they stand for, riad Baladin is absolutely worth to consider when staying in our Ocean town!

White, wood and airy! That's exactly what it's all about in Essaouira and that's also what it's all about in riad Baladin.

Address: 

Rue Sidi Magdoul 9 - 44000 Essaouira, Morocco

- Phone:

+212 (0) 661 604 504

5 Columns

.

I know, we said 5, but we like to put in an outsider that's really worth mentioning :).

Riad 5 Columns is a house in Essaouira that you can rent for your holidays.  Not really a Bed and Breakfast 'rent a room' but soo beautiful and featured in so many photo shoots that I thought this one should be among our favourites too.

Photographer Pauline Arcklin

did a great job, capturing the house and its soul on photos.

Address: 

90 Rue Moulay Ismail - 44000 Essaouira, Morocco

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TRIBES ARE INVADING URBAN EUROPE

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

There used to be times when Scandinavian guys in huge boats traveled down south. Rumours in Essaouira go that they made it all the way down here!

The policy of the Vikings was simple: conquer and rule, and they were pretty good in this.😕

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Nowadays a much more subtle invasion is taking place and we're happy to say that it comes from mother Africa and is slowly but steadily invading Europe.  No violence when it comes to the

Urban Tribal wave

that is softening the cold Scandinavian design.

We mega love this and it seems like a match made in heaven!  What we also love are brands that take things seriously and have a plan. The most beautiful items are selected and they create a style that works!

This week we focus on

Zoco Home

, Moroccan Ethnic chic for home decorating in Europe. But thanks to their online store available everywhere. 

A beautiful online store and loads of inspiration on the site!

Have a look at what we like and then, go and discover it all online at Zoco Home.

Enjoy

Bedroom inspiration: 

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home
interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home
interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

Bathroom inspiration: 

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home
interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

Kitchen inspiration: 

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home
interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home
interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

Livingroom inspiration:

interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home
interior styling, tribal chic, ethnic chic, zoco home

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COUNTRYSIDE GENT - COCO-MOROCCO WILL BE THERE

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

An impression of what we will have in our trunk!

Think Ethnic chic and Urban Tribes.

Think original handmade products.

Think unique pieces.

We come, we sell and we go. No stock, no leftovers. Everything shipped directly from the producers to Gent and total on trend from what's in right now!

The 'theme' we have chosen is trendy and taking over the world, '

Ethnic Chic and Urban Tribes

'.  Focussing on trendy hipsters, citizens of a world who value authenticity and who are willing to add an original, edgy and unique element to their interior to stand out in stead of fitting in.

We also embrace imperfection!  Meaning that a size is an indication, that a colour may shift a little. All this because we work with

REAL HUMAN BEINGS

and that, besides the fact that they work from their heart and with their guts, there is always the personal touch.

We will try to keep you posted with photos on our producers!

Think not too much

, just come and enjoy some Moroccan tribal spirit straight to you from the local market.

Take a chance to meet us and get on site advice for your interior.

COUNTRYSIDE GENT: November 1 - 5

Welcome to join our competition at our stand!

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

Tribal woven black white brown clothing (pieces of variable size)

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

pomponblankets in pure wool - palmleaf lamps - palmleaf baskets. Picture 

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

wool pomponblankets and cotton pomponblankets in 2 sizes starting from 120 euro. Picture 

Zoco Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

wool pomponblankets and cotton pomponblankets in 2 sizes starting from 120 euro. Picture

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

palmleaf baskets and hammam towels.

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

palmleaf hanging baskets. Picture

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

small kitchen ware. Picture

Tine k Home

Countryside Gent, coco-morocco
Country side Gent, coco-morocco

palmtree ladders. Picture

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

wool pomponblankets and cotton pomponblankets in 2 sizes starting from 120 euro. Picture

Tine k Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

palmleaf carpets. Picture

Zoco Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

tribal carpets in earth tones starting from 500 Euro. Picture

Zoco Home

Country side Gent, coco-morocco

and more small ethnic gifts. Picture

Zoco Home

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EID MUBARAK KAREEM from ESSAOUIRA

The day of Eid, to me is a day of contemplation.

A day of trust and love, that all that is, is there because of a reason.

It's my fifth celebration already and I think it's the only day a year that I keep doors and windows closed.

Although I love the meaning of this day, I have a hard time coping with the fires, the smoke that covers the sky from around 11 a.m.

The smell of burnt meat is even harder to take.

Last year I wondered around in the empty Medina, discovering the beauty of it on a day when there is not a single soul in sight.

This year, I decided to stay in (which is very hard because I love the outside).

I decided to look for a way to share my gratitude for being here.  A way to share the love for the country and its people.

And so I made a small video of moments where I felt overwhelmed with gratitude and abundance in my home. 

Seth Godin - “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.”

I think I did!

WORK AWAY THAT HOLIDAY!

workshops, essaouira

Are you the kind of traveller that does not like to sit still for too long? Then it's always good to have some options while going abroad.  Is learning something new, while getting closer to local culture, people and habits something you love?

Read on, we have you covered for your holiday in Essaouira.  And no, we're not talking surfing, nor mastering the technique of raffia or learning Darija (the local language) BUT that are options too 😂

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Here is my shortlist with my 5 personal favorites. I included our own workshop homestyling and shopping, Of course 😂

click on the title of the workshop to get redirected to the sites.

Other workshops?

Why not some

Yoga

or Pilates?

A workshop healthy food with Juicing and Smoothies

A workshop making your own beauty products with all natural ingredients....

The list is long!

ART workshop with Sanne Busk.

Sanna Busk

Settled in the heart of the medina of Essaouira. Learn the skill of creating your own hand painted paper and turn it into stunning pieces of collage art. Sanne is a Danish artist, living in Essaouira. You can read more about her

here

Yellow Workshop, 7 Rue Mohamed Diouri – Medina. Essaouira – Morocco - starts from 100 MAD per person per hour

Madada Cooking workshop

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Atelier Madada

At the entrance of the med­ina, in a for­mer almond ware­house, l’Atelier Madada wel­comes you under it’s stone arches.

In half a day you will learn how to prepare traditional cuisine in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Tajines, couscous, pastilles or cornes de gazelle will not longer remain a secret.

We're over delighted that we can share their recepy for the best

Chicken Tagine

ever:

Time for a little cooking workshop at home folks!

Chicken tajine with onions and dried raisins Madada style!

Preparation time: 20 minutes - Cooking time: 1h45 minutes

Ingredients per person :

• 1 chicken leg

• 2 big onions sliced thinly

• 1 cloves of garlic finely chopped

• 25 grams of raisins

• 2 tablespoons of olive oil

• ½ teaspoon chicken mix

• ½ teaspoon of turmeric

• ½ teaspoon of ginger

• ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

• A pinch of saffron

• A stick of cinnamon

• 1 table spoon of honey

Preparation

Place the chicken in a tajine; add a thinly sliced onion, a finely chopped clove of garlic, two tablespoons of olive oil and the spices: turmeric, ginger, salt, saffron, the mrouziya (mixture of spices for chicken) and a stick of cinnamon. Mix so that the pieces of chicken marinate well. If you have time, you can prepare the marinade a day in advance and leave it in the refrigerator, leaving out the garlic. The chicken will then be softer and tastier.

On a low heat sear the pieces of chicken on all sides for about 40 to 45 minutes; turn the meat frequently. Meanwhile, let the raisins soak in cold water.

Once the chicken is seared, add the second thinly sliced onion, the raisins and, if needed, a tea glass of cool water so that the chicken does not stick. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Do not mix. With a tablespoon, pour regularly some of the sauce on the onions and the raisins; it will give them the taste and the colour of the sauce.

Let the tajine cook with the lid half on for approximately one hour then check if the meat is cooked with a fork. If it is good add a table spoon of honey on the top. If you still have a lot of sauce, you can take the lid off and let the sauce reduce until you obtain the desired consistency.

Enjoy your tajine!

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220 MAD per person

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Marlène Pauly

Feeling overwhelmed by all the colours and textiles in the souks? Not sure even if it would fit in at home?

In 4 hours we zoom in on your home and give you a colour scheme to pick from, we will create a list with items that will add the right touch of Morocco to your place, making sure you will create 'bliss at home'

The workshop/consult is followed by a shopping tour to assist you and NOT to force you into something. We help you negotiate a reasonable price that works for you and the vendor.

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This is not really a workshop, more of a tour, but we have so many talented people around that we think it might be much more fun visiting them in their studio's in stead of buying their works in one of the many shops.

The tour covers the studio of

Isla Yemaya

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Pascale Met les Voiles

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the artist painters in the Joutillia

- the

African store Maridadi

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This one is on my to do list and the photo above is mine so I can't tell you from my personal experience. But I am in love with the photos of Lawrence Quammu and yes, I am addicted to snapping the city from every corner...

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