Monthly Archives: July 2016

Adventures In Morocco

Its been a year since Jamie and I went to Morocco so here is my throwback post sharing our experience in Marrakesh

Marrakesh has two parts the old town (the medina) and the new town, we stayed in the Medina in a beautiful Riad we found on Air Bnb. Every morning we were greeted with a traditional Moroccan breakfast and our host would give us tips on surviving the souks and ideas of places we should visit.

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We visited Marrakesh during Ramadan a time considered to be low season, however it was the hottest time of the year, over 40 degrees and the souks were hot, crowded and humid. Getting lost in the mazes was both frustrating and tiring but walking through doorways and courtyards you could find yourself in a cool spot of shade being offered mint tea.

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The souks are the heart of the Medina and a must-see when you’re visiting the city. If you don’t plan on shopping for leather, tea or spices, the souks are still a crazy experience. There are motorbikes, people and cars trying to squeeze down the smallest alleyways and lots of cats! It is a unique atmosphere that heightens your sense; the smells of tea and donkeys, the sticky heat, and the loud motorbikes and stall owners shouting at nearby tourists.

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We decided to purchase a rug and we discovered that as well as haggling, Moroccans like to trade. So alongside a small amount of money we traded a pack of cigarettes and some sunglasses for a lovely berber rug. Both parties were extremely pleased with the trade, I even got a hug off the stall-owner because he was so grateful!

Navigating through the souks is tough challenge, it is easy to get lost in the labyrinth of concrete walls as you cannot depend on the Moroccan signposts, and locals who want to “help” (ask for money for awful directions that then lead you to the wrong place)

“Follow this road , turn left, head towards the alleyway then walk past the tourism shop and you will be greeted with a road, turn right and you will be in Jemaa el Fna square”  

It took hours to reach the main square,even with a map! You almost feel like a real-life Hansel and Gretal, wanting to leave trails of breadcrumbs behind you to avoid becoming totally disorientated.

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The Marjorelle gardens were made famous by Yves St Laurent and without a doubt was my favourite place in Marrakesh. Tranquil, peaceful and visually stunning these gardens are picturesque. The bright colours and surrounding cacti took my breath away.

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If you are going to Morocco it is definitely worth trekking up to the Atlas Mountains, we organised a car to take us and even though the trip was roughly two hours in the 40 degree heat, the Ouzoud falls are just stunning. We had the chance to go swimming in the pools, had lunch with the locals and even fed some monkeys! I think this was Jamie’s holiday highlight.

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Our last day was spent at a beautiful farmhouse just outside the towns not far from the airport. We relaxed by the pool, met this cute chocolate Labrador puppy and also had a private lunch (chicken tagine) in the olive gardens. The quiet poolside was a far cry from the craziness of the Medina and was definitely the best way to spend our last day.

Marrakesh is a beautiful place, the bright colours, the lush greenery and gardens that thriving in the souring heat. A truly fascinating place where you can find a tiny slice of peace in a Riad or courtyard among the craziness that is outside.

Things to do in Marrakesh:

  • Buy some tea, spices or leather handbags
  • Visit the Koutoubia Mosque, although it’s not open to those that are not Muslim, the building itself it magnificent.
  • Stay in a Riad,
  • Try Moroccan mint tea and eat a traditional tagine.
  • Visit Museum of Marrakech.
  • Visit the Atlas Mountains
  • There is plenty of temples and muesuems so you won’t be short of culture.
  • Go to a hammam and get scrubbed down
  • Go see an exhibition at the Maison de la Photographie.
  • Visit the Jardin Majorelle
  • Find a rooftop in the square to spot the storks

 

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been making less purchases and not shopping as much because frankly I don’t anything and I’ve been saving for future holidays/plans etc.

I popped into Primark last week and picked a few packs of up these copper wire hangers! Never thought hangers would bring me so much joy but they look so nice against my white wardrobe!

As Primark had a sale on, I got this flamingo top for £3! Such a bargain! I also needed some new nail clippers and tweezers and they happened to have both of these in copper and “oil spill” at only £1 and £2.

Of course I had to make a trip to LushLush and bought the Seanik shampoo bar (not pictured) this is my go to shampoo and I haven’t used anything different for about 8 months! It makes my hair look and feel clean, shiny and soft.

I’m a sucker for a bath oil and my favourite is the floating island, I decided to get something different try the you’ve been mangoed! Alongside this I bought the butterball bat bomb and the new modfather bubble bar.

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As a blogger I get to work alongside brands and get the chance to support each other. Coconut Lane is a small company that sell a wide selection of products from phone cases, to socks and notepads! I’ve been a coconut queen for a short while now and I have previously posted about them and their items.

Anyone who knows me knows I love Leonardo Dicaprio and when I saw these listed I knew I had to have them! They are so silly and fun. I also bought the “What would Beyonce do?” notebook.

If you want to order from Coconut Lane use the discount – georgiaknight20 to receive a 20% discount!

yellow jackets

My final purchase of recent weeks is this beautiful mustard yellow, Beatrix Kiddo inspired faux leather jacket from Zara. It was an absolute steal at £39.99 so much so that I had to buy one in black! I wear mostly neutral colours so this jacket is ideal for adding a pop of colour to my wardrobe.

Thanks for reading,


Gee

x

Beyoncè Wembley Stadium Review.

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Opening the show instructing her fans to shout “I slay” Beyoncè was already encouraging 90,000 admirers to show confidence and be fierce. The influential singer and advocate for black lives matter performed her crowd-pleasing opening song Formation with her choreographed dance troupe marching behind her.

It is crazy to see how far she has come since Destiny’s Child growing as an artist and entertainer. A passionate and strong woman, the world has still carefully scrutinised her over the years from her age and pregnancy to Jay Z’s infidelity rumours. However Beyoncè always comes back fighting and as she fist pumps the air the strong message of independence and female empowerment echos through Wembley Stadium.

An expert storyteller Bey’s latest album Lemonade does just that. It tells a story of forgiveness, redemption, and combines her own personal experiences with black people’s suffering in America. Of course her set wouldn’t be complete without some older material from her previous albums Dangerously In Love and I Am Sasha Fierce alongside Destiny’s Child throwbacks.

A packed out stadium Beyoncè had her fans (also known as the Beyhive) bowing down to their Queen and all the females uniting to sing “Run the world (girls)”.  Labelled a modern day feminist she has inspired many to stand up and support one another.

Her beautiful a capella rendition of “me, myself and I” stuck a chord for many in the arena as she coincided it with an emotional speech about self importance, and striving to achieve a wonderful relationship with yourself.  She didn’t shy away from declaring her love to her Alabamian/Creole roots whilst playing a short clip of family images and videos. Beyoncè reminded us that we all our human and we should be proud of our heritage and who we are.

Even her interludes didn’t fail to impress; washing the crowd with purple lighting to pay homage to the late Prince. After a quick change into a glittering leotard her powerhouse vocals paid a poignant tribute singing “The beautiful ones” by the legend himself and purple confetti rained across the audience.

Survivor, freedom and halo were the last songs of the evening, and performing these accomplished dance routines in shallow water proved what a true, master show-woman she really is.

When life serves you lemons you make lemonade.