Morocco

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.

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5 BOOKS ABOUT MOROCCO to add to your Santa list

Books, Morocco, Marrakech, Santa

Hello dear readers,

it's been a while! Winter came, also to Marrakech, and with the cold from the High Atlas and the first snow on the Mountain tops ( how I love that view) came also a flue that kept me in bed for almost two weeks.

Time for me to think and make my wish list for Santa!

Books... I was able to sell my precious collection of designer objects when I moved with one container to Morocco but ' NOT WITHOUT MY BOOKS'

I know, I don't have space for this whole library, but i have the pleasure of diving into these boxes every now and then and see a book i had almost forgotten about. Then it's time to showcase it for a while and spend some cosy evening looking at pictures, pleasing the soul...

so, if you happen to know another bibliophile that happens to love Morocco...here is my top 5 on books to make him or her happy!

article by Marlène Pauly

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The thousand-year-old city of Marrakesh is characterised by its pink-colored pisé architecture and its deeply rooted tradition for gardens and green spaces. From the

Majorelle Gardens

and

Le Jardin Secret

to the more recent opened

Anima Garden

s. Gardens are important, both inside the Medina and on the many beautiful often private estates just outside Marrakech. Some of them are called 'Jnane' referring to the days when the well settled families in the city had their own private land outside to spend the hot summers. The cover of this book is taken at Jnane Tamsna, an absolute must visit when in Marrakech! It's a luxury guesthouse but upon reservation you can spend a day out with lunch or diner...

Books, Morocco, Marrakech, Santa

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I have a recent addiction! Since I first visited

Le Musée Boucharouite

, I am a fan! I go there and listen to Patrick, the owner of the lovely private Museum. I read the stories that Berber women tell in their weaving. I hear about grief, hope, family life and revolt! It is one of the most fascinating new ways of looking at a carpet. 

Books, Morocco, Marrakech, Santa

only available at the bookshop at Le Jardin Majorelle

Marrakech would not have been Marrakech if not for Bill Willis, the magician from Memphis..Willis found a foothold in North Africa in the mid-1960s and never left. “My discovery of the Islamic world has been an astounding experience,” Willis told

Architectural Digest

in 1989.

Working with Paris-based photographer Nicolas Mathéus, American design writer and editor Marian McEvoy spent around five years tracking down 15 of the finest surviving Willis commissions, styling them to look their best, and then recording them, inside and out. 

Books, Morocco, Marrakech, Santa

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For anyone who wants to add Morocco's spicy design mix into their own home, Maryam Montague, owner of absolutely stunning luxury hotel

Peacock Pavilions

, explains how to do so with the building blocks of Moroccan design. It's a bible for everyone embracing Bohemian chic and a fine example on how to add some colour to your interior.

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Introducing Thor Arne Hauer is not easy. He is an extremely gifted photographer and storyteller. All his books are in Norwegian, and I think I need to persuade him to get them translated, but Thor is one of the few people I know that does not care about these things. He loves what he does and that's enough for him. For all of you Scandinavians, I can strongly recommend you to have a look at the way he portrays Morocco. In photos and in stories. For all who can't read Norwegian, his photos are unique and already worth having one of his books on your coffee table. Recently Thor opened a small and exclusive gallery in Essaouira. Showing his photography

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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.

article by Marlène Pauly

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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.

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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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WORK AWAY THAT HOLIDAY!

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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

.

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!

Rue Mohamed Ben Mes­saoud — Tel : +

212

7

00

18

90

17 prices from

220 MAD per person

Interior Styling workshop followed by a guided shopping.

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.

Marlène Pauly architect - decorator 

Tel : +

212

6

52

59

18

01

, prices from 500 MAD per person (shopping tour included) max 4 pers.

Tour des Ateliers.

Isla Yemaya

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

-

Pascale Met les Voiles

-

the artist painters in the Joutillia

- the

African store Maridadi

Tour starts in Diabat, outside Essaouira. We make sure you have a driver for half a day. 200 MAD per pers. max 5pers.

Photo Tour in the Medina.

Marlène Pauly

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...

Lawrence Quammu, photographer rue Touahen 67 bis 

Tel : +212 615-287146...

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