SPENDING THE NIGHT AT DE VERE ORCHARD HOTEL, NOTTINGHAM

A DAY IN KOBLENZ, GERMANY

When we left Brussels the sun was shining. As we headed into Germany the sky becoming increasingly grey. By the time we reached Koblenz, we knew it was going to start raining very soon indeed.     We reached the centre of the town, parked up and quickly started to…

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WOLLATON HALL AND DEER PARK, NOTTINGHAM

We spent a lovely couple of hours wandering around the grounds of Wollaton Hall and Deer Park in Nottingham with friends. I hadn’t realised that they used Wollaton Hall in the latest Batman film – which is rather cool.  The grounds are huge and beautiful and there are lots of…

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MY TRIP TO MOROCCO

It seems like forever ago since Boon and I started planning our trip to Morocco. It feels a little bizarre to have actually visited the number one destination on my holiday list.  This means of course that number two has now moved up to the top slot – but we’ll…

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Musee du Marrakech Central Court

MAKE SURE YOU VISIT THE MUSEE DU MARRAKECH

The walk from our riad to the Musee du Marrakech should have taken around 15 minutes. However, as we got a little lost it took significantly longer to reach. (bit of advice, if you do get lost, ask a stall holder rather than a local passer-by  otherwise you will be expected…

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MY STAY AT THE RIAD LE CALIFE, FES

After a rather pleasant four hour train journey from Casablanca to Fes, a taxi driver met us at the station with our name on a sign.  A short drive into the Medina and we were met by a member of the Calife staff, with a wheelbarrow for our cases, who…

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RELAXING AT THE MAJORELLE GARDENS, MARRAKECH

I know it’s all cold and snowy, so look at some pretty pictures of lush gardens instead… In 1924 Jacques Majorelle, a French painter, bought some land and started creating a botanical garden around his studio. They were a popular attraction from when they opened in 1947 until Majorelle died…

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EXPLORING MEDERSA BEN YOUSSEF, MARRAKECH

I’m not one to criticise a religion, but I was a little disappointed at not being able to go into any Mosques while we were in Marrakech. As such, I didn’t know what to expect as we headed into the Medersa Ben Youssef. What I found was an incredibly impressive…

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TRYING CAMEL AT THE CAFE CLOCK, FES

Tucked down a little alley in the Fes Medina is an absolute gem… Cafe Clock (luckily there is a sign on the main street – otherwise we would never have found it). Inside are different seating areas, on various levels, which makes the cafe feel a lot bigger than it…

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AN AFTERNOON AT BADII PALACE, MARRAKECH

When Boon told me that he wanted to go and see the mudbrick ruins of a palace, I wasn’t exactly thrilled, but as it was a few minutes walk from the Saadian Tombs, I thought we might as well go. It took armies of labourers 25 years to complete the…

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DISCOVERING THE SAADIAN TOMBS, MARRAKECH

You enter the Saadian Tombs via a very narrow and twisting alleyway – which I suspect is one of the reasons why even though it dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, it wasn’t ‘discovered’ until the 1920’s. The tombs are made up of three main burial chambers and…

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La Maison Arabe Marrakech-

DINNER AT LA MAISON ARABE, MARRAKECH

We wanted to go somewhere a little special for Christmas Eve – plus by this stage of our trip my legs were killing me from all the walking and La Maison Arabe was the closest restaurant to where we were staying.   Tucked away in a little alley (helpfully marked…

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STAYING AT CLUB VAL D ANFA HOTEL, CASABLANCA

Situated just off the busy seafront (a two-minute walk away, but you can’t hear any noise (except for the ocean of course)), the Club Val D’Anfa Hotel is gorgeous. The ‘bell boys’ were in traditional costume and very helpfully took our luggage and saw us to our room.  Room 239 to…

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GETTING LOST IN FES EL BALI

Fes el Bali is the Medina in Fes, it dates back to the year 859 and there are no cars allowed inside the city walls – it is also the only Medina that isn’t flat – it’s shaped like a bowl – so you need to be prepared for some…

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