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Can´t seem to shake that Morocco feeling any time soon. Apparently neither can the big interior makers of Norway either. I can tell that many of this springs trends is coming from Morocco. And to tell you the truth I would have no trouble filling up an entire container with goods.

Sat down this sunday to enjoy and relax with a prescribed magazine and lo and behold – there was that perfect moroccan tea table as one of the big inspirations this spring, and yet again I regret not doing any real shopping while visiting Morocco and Marrakech. Look at all these goodies you can find just inside the souk:

 

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Check out these great lamps I found being sold inside the souk. My longing for such a lamp has gotten no less. I remember visiting here 15 years ago and even back then I wanted one of these lamps. My taste in interior decor have changed slightly since then but not much.

 

Oh choices – why so difficult

I know for sure that one of those lamps hanging on one of those floor displays would look absolutely great on my patio this summer. Here is the trouble with having just 4 days to travel. It is limited time and also limited with space in suitcase – so how to bring home all these nice goodies. After taken the tour of the souk you can pretty much decorate your entire home. Big lamps or smaller ones, leather in all sizes and varieties such as a nice stool or a lovely weekend bag. Don’t forget all the beautiful textiles and the carpets. And why not bring home some colorful tiles?

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You will find many interior designers travelling to Marrakech and Morocco for tips and ideas, even big shopping sprees. Got pinterest? check out this board with moroccan interior/decor here.

If you are interested in checking out the local interior shops in Stavanger, Ann-Mari from the blog: alltidreiseklar.blogpost.se have a great post with updated shops here.

Morrocan Interior fits any home or any decor. I love it.

 

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Wining and dining at Marrakech

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Google morroccan food and you get endless hits. The most famous dish is probably couscous, on this recent trip I unfortunately did not get to taste this as it is a typical friday dish. A dish of celebration.

But the marroccans offer so much more as we got to experience first hand. If you want the true experience stay clear of the hotel buffet. You get a much more authentic taste if you just take the trip down to the square Djemaa el-Fna at sunset.  Fresh ingredients arrive every night to the small stalls and there are bigger tents for eating. Take the tour and pick your choice of food. Here you can get lots of varieties. Each stall has its own speciality such as snails in spicy stocks, lamb skewers, sausages, freshly squeezed orange juice and a big variety of nuts etc.

some of the stalls in Djemaa el-Fna

some of the stalls in Djemaa el-Fna

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Picking out fresh nuts for a snack

Picking out fresh nuts for a snack

A word of advice if you choose to eat here is that although the food is fresh and prepared as you wait, plates and cutlery is washed in the same water all night. Choose the disposable plates.

This was the first time I got to experience the night market in Marrakech and I absolutely love it. When I first visited Morocco 15 years ago I only came here at daytime and it transform completely. The sounds, the shows, the smells – truly magical. Next time I visit I will surly pick these stalls over any hotel buffet.

We got the opportunity to lunch at the lovely Dar Moha. Moroccan cuisine interpreted by Marrakech´s famous chef Moha Fedal.

The courtyard offers fine dining around the lovely pool

The courtyard offers fine dining around the lovely pool

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geting waitered

geting waitered

a lovely tapas salad for appetizers

a lovely tapas salad for appetizers

a small selection of the lunch

a small selection of the lunch

To top it of we had some lovely moroccan white wine. I never knew they actually made wine here. Even if it is a muslim country most restaurants serve wine for their customers. Moroccan law does not prohibit the production of beer and alcohol, only their sale to muslim customers. Wine can be bought at the supermarket and at some restaurants especially if catered to tourists and visitors. Just remember it is not sold during islamic festivals including Ramadan.

Our last night in Marrakech was spent in the fashionable restaurant Bo-zin, just outside the center of Marrakech. Wow, a better feast may not be possible. The food was out of this world. The atmosphere, the decor, great food, good music and good company. What more to ask. The restaurant is modern and stylishly done. The food, a mix of asian and french.

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apperizers

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some outdoor cozy – neat in the heat

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outdoor couches to relax in

dinner

dinner

 

Enjoying the outdoors with a great fireplace

Enjoying the outdoors with a great fireplace

 

 

The pink City, Marrakech – the city of color.

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Marrakech is truly the 1001 nights in real life. It is called the pink (or sometimes red) city due to its color of the city walls. Located at the north of the foothills of the amazing snowcapped Atlas mountains. The pink color is originated from the pigment of the local clay and new regulations claim that every new house or building must be given this pink color.

The pink city wall with at lovely old door

The pink city wall with at lovely old door

It seem to me that there is color in every corner of this city. Bright and sunny colors which make you happy and want to put it down in a photography to remember later. This is some of the color I endured during our 2 days in Marrakech:

Color pigments mixed with water to make it hard

Color pigments mixed with water to make it hard

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color pigments

color pigments

Spices, a must to shop and bring home

Spices, a must to shop and bring home

the mini tagine in the color of the rainbow

the mini tagine in the color of the rainbow

Newly colored yarn, her hung up to be dried

Newly colored yarn, her hung up to be dried

And not to be forgotten when speaking of color. The Majorelle garden. Used to belong to the famous designer Yves Saint Laurent but was formed by the french artist Jacques Majorelle. The garden it selves is not very big but the colors are breathtaking. It even has its own color – the majorelle blue. Worth the trip while, but I recommend you do it in the afternoon.

colourful pots surrounding the park

colourful pots surrounding the park

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This is my second time to Marrakech and I never get tired of all its color and it makes me want to come back time after time.

 

 

Tea time the Morocco way

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At our recently trip to Morocco, we were treated to quite the amount of mint tea. The moroccans make their tea with pride. As we were demonstrated in the lovely Riad Chorfa by our tour organizer.

Mint tea is a sign of hospitality, friendship and tradition. Served all day long and if you make your way in to the souk/medina for some shopping you may very well be treated to some mint tea during the bargaining. The tea is made the old fashion way with gunpowder green tea and is served very sweet often garnished with some mint leaves.

making that moroccan mint tea

making that moroccan mint tea

Here as shown in above picture you have the gunpowder green tea in a traditional moroccan teapot. Fill up one a small cup of boiled water and let sit for a little while. After about 1-2 minutes swirl the pot and pour one cup, discard this as this is dirty tea.

clean vs dirty tea

clean vs dirty tea

You can clearly see the difference between the dirty and clean tea – dark being the dirty. Then you add the fresh mint leaves and a ton of sugar.

To bad I did not get a picture of the massive sugar cubes he used, one stick probably equals 10-15 normal sugar cubes.

Add more water and put to a boiler. When the water has boiled you may start the pouring. And If you have  ever got served moroccan mint tea you know they pour one cup and put it back in the teapot, this they to 2-3 times and the only reason is to dissolve the sugar.

Ready, set and pour:

Put it all back

Put it back into the pot

 

Tea is served, enjoy!

Tea is served, enjoy!