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  • Writer's pictureKate Woodman

Le Maroc:  jardins, mosquées, fenêtres, portes et les petits détails (gardens, mosques, windows, doo

Updated: Feb 16, 2020

Majorelle Garden fountain

J’ai hâte de voir le jardin Majorelle, le jardin du peintre français Jacques Majorelle, qui a veçu au Maroc de 1917 jusqu’à son mort en 1962. Il a créé le jardin autour de son atelier. En 1980, Pierre Berger et Yves Saint Laurent ont acheté et restauré le jardin. À côté du jardin est le musée Yves Saint Laurent. Le jardin est bien connu pour la couleur a appelé « Majorelle bleu », un exquis bleu !

High on my list of things to see in Marrakech was the recently opened Yves Saint Laurent Museum and the adjacent Majorelle Garden. Located outside the medina in what is referred to as the “new city,” Carol and I were told it was an “easy” walk from our “tigmina” (little house where we were staying). On our map it looked like a rather straight shot through the souks heading straight north. However, nothing is straight in the souks and soon we were lost. Once out of the souks, it should have been easy right? Not! We walked along busy wide boulevards past expansive empty lots and ugly, modern apartment buildings…a most unlikely neighborhood for Yves Saint Laurent and a beautiful garden. But it was.....and eventually we saw signs and other tourists and knew we had arrived. The YSL museum is small and the exhibit quite similar to the one at the gorgeous YSL Museum here in Paris. But the garden was spectacular….all intense blue, yellow and green…exquisite!

Jacques Majorelle's studio, now a museum dedicated to the Berber culture

Not a lemon, but large yellow pot!

A little detail

Il y a plus de 40,000 mosquées dans Marrakech ! On ne peut voir les extérieurs qui ne sont pas très décorés. On a vu bien sûr les minarets de lequel l'appel à prière a sonné 5 fois par jour.

There are more than 40,000 mosques in Marrakech. As non-Muslims, we could not enter the mosques, and could view only the exteriors, which for the most part are unadorned and quite simple. Most prominent are the minarets from which the call to prayer is broadcast 5 times a day. I say “broadcast” because that is what it is…a recorded message played over several loud speakers attached to the minaret. We were awakened every morning around 5am by the pre-dawn call, which like the pre-sunset call lasts about 30 minutes. The other 3 during the day blessedly are only about 5 minutes. At first charmed by our predawn wake-up call, we were less so by the end of our stay!

Koutoubia Mosque, largest mosque in Marrakech

The inverted "L" structure on the right top of the minaret is a flag pole. A flag is flown during the call to prayer to alert those who are deaf and cannot hear the call.

Not a mosque, but Bahia Palace, considered the most beautiful palace in Marrakech

Comme d’habitude, j’ai pris beaucoup de photos des fenêtres et des portes ainsi que de petits détails qui m’ont intéressé.

As usual, I took many photos of doors and windows and other small details that caught my eye, providing much fodder for and fun in photo editor!



Small details and other interesting things....

Berber carpets

Marrakech is sometimes referred to as the "city of palms"

Tagine from cooking class

Water from Altas Mountains flowing into le Jardin Secret in the medina

Ceiling detail

Cited at the Asni market in foothills of the Atlas Mountains new favorite fruit!

Cacti in the garden at La Mamounia

Not sure where this was taken....perhaps argan oil coop in the medina


My Marrakech in a word...

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