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Bahia Palace

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    • Day 115

      Marrakech- Time to Say Goodbye

      April 23, 2023 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

      Brian and I have always wanted to come to Morocco - and Brian in particular has always wanted to go to the Sahara - so we’re bummed about him heading home a bit early and missing the desert portion of Morocco - that said it’s been an AMAZING trip together and it’s time to start preparing to come home.

      We all spent 3 days all together in Casablanca and Marrakech before Brian headed home (via Istanbul) and us girls headed to the Sahara. Brian got to see the outside of Ricks Cafe, homage to one of his favorite movies Casablanca. We got to watch sunrise from the rooftop of our riad together, having Moroccan mint tea tour and watching things come to life in the old Medina. We also got explore some Berber villages with the girls before taking Brian to the airport and say goodbye for the next month. It’s a strange thing to have literally been staying in the same room or being side by side 24/7 for 4 months and then to part ways - will take some adjusting for sure.

      If you were to ask the girls their favorite part of Marrakech - they would say the cats. Oh the cats! On the small walkway to our riad/hotel, 3 separate cats gave birth in a 24 hour period. While the cats are feral, many people make an effort to care for them so the cats are quite friendly! We saw lots of little kittens and cats kept trying to get the kids’ attention.

      If you were to ask me my favorite part- it’s the winding pathways along ochre colored walls, colorful clothing the Muslim and Berber women wear, along with the all of the beautifully decorated mosques and frequent prayers over the loudspeakers. It’s the sunrise from the rooftop of our riad. It’s been watching the kids connect with the animals.. Another lovely jolt to the senses…

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      As I write this, Brian has just made it home safely — and is girls are currently in Fes, just having finished our time in the Sahara.

      We’ll be touring the city tomorrow and then have one more night before we head to Western Europe. Venice—Munich—Paris—Barcelona. Some flights - lots of train time and then will be time to come home.

      Ill do another post at the end of Morocco - pics here will reflect time in Marrakech and maybe a teaser from the Sahara 🙂

      Hope you are all well - lots of love to all of you. ❤️
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    • Day 18

      Bahia Palace 4

      January 8, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

      The Noble Wife’s Apartment
      The construction of this part completed in 1898, and it includes two rooms and two niches, opening up onto an indoor covered area with a flat ceiling made of cedar wood that was ventilated and lit by sculpted and delicately chiseled plaster panels.
      The ceilings of the rooms, niches the door, and window wings are also made of cedar wood enhanced with painted motifs and namely with stylish bouquets of flowers.
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    • Day 3

      Palais bahia

      March 2, 2023 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Nice day today, went to the Bahia palace for a look round, the work done on painting the doors, windows and ceilings is fantastic, but I think watching a guy in the souk doing that sort of work yesterday made me appreciate the intricacies of it more.

      Walked back to hotel through the Medina and found the way back quite easy today. Even found a Carrefour supermarket where I bought some preserved lemons , funny but the "poor weather in Morocco" doesn't seem to have produced a crop shortage here ha ha.

      Found out that the Al Fassia restaurant is only round the corner from the hotel, it is the sister restaurant to the one I visited on my last visit and is shown as one of Andy Oliver's top ten restaurants in the world. Managed to get a table without a booking, probably because the doors had literally only just opened.
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    • Day 2

      Bahia Palast

      February 19, 2023 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Der Bahia Palast ist aufgrund seines architektomischen Reichtums auf jeden Fall einen Besuch in der Medina von Marrakesch wert.

      Der Palast wurde Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts als Residenz des Großwesirs Bou Ahmed erbaut, der damals in den Diensten von Sultan Moulay al-Hasan I. stand. Hinter seinen Türen verbergen sich Räume mit Mosaikdecken und kunstvollen Steinschnitzereien, die von erlesenem Detailreichtum und Geschmack zeugen.

      https://www.hellotickets.de/marokko/marrakesch/…

      Wundervoller Ausflug, mit etwas #Auszeit #Ruhe #genuss
      #Sehenswert #tollesleben
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    • Day 36

      The Whole Gang

      May 5, 2023 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      I haven’t been on a tour for a very long time. The story is not complete without a little bit about the people I have met and grown fond of.

      Mohamed worked hard to keep us safe, fed, and housed. He also has a serious case of bad dad jokes. He keyed right in to mine and the California gals’ feminist leanings with jabs aimed at women. Worked every time. He shared his heart with us with his stories of his stalker ex-girlfriend and a little about home. He’s looking at immigrating to Canada, Vancouver specifically. I hope he does.

      Besides the LA group, I think I spent more time with Sophie. We did everything - the hikes up the dunes, Todra Gorge and through gardens. She seems to be committed to joy and being active in her life. I liked her open spirit and easygoing manner.

      Mark, Sophie’s partner, ran for shade at every opportunity. He’s had issues with skin cancer, so it made good sense. He also loves adventure travel. We got a chance to chat about his variety of jobs all so different and also Canada. I shared my epic TripIt notes on Sheryl and my itinerary through Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. I hope they get a chance to do some of it.

      Alexis was a delight. So funny and self-deprecating calling herself dull from time to time. A complete lie! Love that she sweared almost as much as I did. Refreshing and silly. I addition to the goofball stuff, she works in occupational therapy. Sounds like a good fit for her obvious kindness.

      The lovebirds. Lorena never ever had a hair out of place. Steve was clearly enchanted with her - looks and go-for-it attitude. They held hands through the medinas and on our walks/hikes. He also wanted to either know where the party was or get the party started.

      Ok, so you’re not supposed to pick your favorite, but Jo and Tim are/were. I’m not sure how Jo doesn’t collapse at the end of the day from laughing or smiling so hard. Her enthusiasm for the experiences clearly affected her and infused the group. Tim is complicated. He has an artist’s heart and eye and delicious sense of humor. I do like that. They are planning a trip across the US including Montana, DC, Florida and places in between. I hope they find what they seek there.

      Pamela and Ian come as a pair. Devoted meat eaters and somewhat royalist, they seemed nice and quite happy. They had a very British dry sense of humor that I liked a lot.

      Ah, Terry and Pete. What can I say. I should have liked them better as they are staunch unionist, but I didn’t. They seemed to take up too much space for me.

      Our driver Abdul is getting married at the end of the month. If he navigates marriage like he did that bus, he will live a long, loving and happy life.

      Last but not least, the California gals. What can I say about my roommate? It is so wonderful to have such a long-time friend who doesn’t drive you crazy after a week together. I have had a spectacularly fun two weeks playing with her (and two weeks to go). Anna-Ruth shopped her way across Morocco purchasing beautiful things with great memories. It was fun to watch her come out a bit more each day. She is really delightful. I got to spend a morning getting to know Stacey. She has a quiet strength and perseverance that comes from having a storied life. I do admire her. And her hearty laugh. I’ll get four more days in Spain with her. Yay.
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    • Day 4

      Palais Bahia قصر الباهية

      July 4, 2023 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Dieser Palast ist zwar ohne "Inhalt", also ohne Ausstattung (bis auf eine Ausnahme) aber dadurch kommt seine beeindruckende Architektur und seine kunsthandwerkliche Meisterausstattung: Mosaik, Holzschnitzereien, Carraramarmor, Schmiede- und Glasfensterkunst.
      Es ist so großartig, kein Wunder, dass hier Lawrence von Arabien gedreht wurde u d Puff Daddy eine Party geschmissen hat. Ob letztere Schuld ist, dass ein Teil des Marmorhofes saniert werden muss... Wer weiß.
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    • Day 18

      Bahia Palace Stained Glass

      January 8, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

      Beautifully zellig-tiled fireplaces and floors and colourful stained-glass windows create colourful patterns in the afternoon sun, and beautifully painted and carved cedarwood are just some of the interesting features in his wife’s apartment.Read more

    • Day 18

      Bahia Palace Garden

      January 8, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 46 °F

      El Bahia Palace, literally ‘the palace of the lady’, built in the Arab-Andalusian style is one of the masterpieces of Moroccan architecture, housing 8 hectares of lush interior gardens delicately laid out. Under the French Protectorate, Field Marshal Lyautey made it his home. The palace comprises two large gardens of 2 acres (8,000 sq.m.) adjacent to two galleries opening into an indoor courtyard. The first one was created by Si Moussa and the second one, around 1880 by his son Bahmad who was then the Grand Vizier. The path leading to the riad is lined with leafy trees and high date palm trees. In the Andalusian gardens, you will find hibiscus, date palms, lemon and orange trees, plus three lined up fountains.Read more

    • Day 2

      Bahia palace part2

      November 12, 2023 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      We continue to walk around the Bahia palace moving from the small to the great riad while admiring the amazing colors of the traditional decorations and water fountains. The gardens inside are a perfect example of the Arabic garden traditions and create a fantastic atmosphereRead more

    • Day 18

      Bahia Palace 2

      January 8, 2020 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 45 °F

      The Bahia Palace, meaning brilliance in Arabic, is perhaps one of the best-preserved historical sites and certainly most interesting in Marrakech. Built between 1866 and 1867 by Si Moussa, this sprawling palace is set over two acres in the middle of the Marrakech medina and features 150 rooms, including a harem section located just off the sun-filled Court of Honour. It housed the Resident General during the French Protectorate era.Read more

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    Bahia Palace, Palais de la Bahia

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