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Marrakech with my little brother

We got into an SUV where the driver greeted us with Justin Bieber on the car stereo. We asked him if he could change the station to something in Arabic and the light in his eyes made him really excited to turn something more of his liking on.

Just about 10 minutes into the drive we started seeing bits of the Koutoubia and then horse carriages that lined the lane leading up to Djema el-Fna. We got out of the car and were greeted by a sweet, old Berber man that started walking us through a bustling square. Enchanted snakes on the left, monkeys on the right, men selling selfie sticks and the smell of citrus and schwarma perfumed the air. The square’s edges were ornamented with petit tables and chairs where tourists perched watching the energy evolve and seep into the little arteries that bled into the souks.

Once we hit the opposite end of the square, we entered little streets where markets, cyclists, old women carrying fresh bread from the market all shared little broken pavements. It was worrying at first, but it transported me back to the shanty streets of Jodhpur!
 

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what I wore

dress c/o RIVIERA CHIC belt c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE necklace c/o JLAUREN

And the little streets, opened up to residential areas where you couldn’t hear a thing but the little saunters of the local people living their everyday life. And then came a door marked with Riad Boussa. After three-knocks, Brigitte opened the door and the smile on her warm, friendly face reassured we were going to be just fine.

Each welcome came with mint tea, a sit on the edge of the courtyard that overlooked the small man-made pond in the middle that collected rose petals. We were shown around the riad, essentially a home turned into an intimate hotel, and then situated into our rooms. The rooms were comfortable and quiet, what we sought after walks through the souk to get here. And after a bit of freshening up, we made our way downstairs to dinner.

We were introduced to Ali, another friendly soul in the riad who quickly became one of our close friends and a proper face of what we will remember Marrakech by. He urged us to try the Vin Gris, a Moroccan-produced wine, which tickled our tastebuds to excite us for our first meal in Marrakech (which easily became the best meal we had during the trip).
 

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and so it began…

The first course was a sample platter of Moroccan starters. A warm aubergine salad with garlic, sautéed courgette with preserved lemon and a briouats (meat filled pastry). Light, full of flavor and fresh. The fresh produce got me excited after a winter spent in the UK. Our second course was a chicken tagine with raisins and onions. I started with a fork, but quickly realized that I will need a spoon to eat the entree. The softest and most tender pieces of chicken on the bone, a spoonful of the slightly sweetened broth topped with a helping of raisins-it was a delicacy that I wanted to be served if I had to choose a last meal. My brother, sitting across from me, looked me straight into the eye and said “it will be hard to top this.” And it was.

Before dessert was served, we looked around and listened. Not a chirp from a bird, but just the sound of the fountain and faint North African jazz playing in the background. There was light fighting to get through the holes of a lantern and it was at that moment I finally felt like I was in Marrakech.

Riad Boussa was a blessing. To start this trip with the warmth and service they provided would not have given us the first impression we anticipated. A luxury experience without the superfluous bits and the perfect amount of keeping you excited each day to explore the vibrant, and unbelievable city.
 

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Special thanks to Riad Boussa for providing the incredible hospitality, all opinions and thoughts are my own, as always.
 

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  • Natasha Taneka

    Riad Boussa looks like the perfect sanctuary! Your white dress looks super elegant and perfect for the weather! Bring back Vin Grid and good weather to London!

  • Natasha Taneka

    Vin Gris I meant ????

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    Supal, I can only imagine some of the places you have visited. Marrakech looks like such an intriguing place. And that white dress is just gorgeous on you. So chic.

    • Oh Marrakech was fascinating! The experience wasn’t as different for me from when I lived in the Middle East, so it was so nice to introduce my brother to it all 🙂 xx

  • Lindsay Katherine

    Ok so you traveled to a fairy tale?? Your photos and storytelling are enchanting as always.

  • Those hats in the loungers!
    Holy guacamole. I really need to up my travel game. Have room for a stowaway next time?

  • Paige Allison

    The Biebs wasn’t to your liking?! Mint tea is how I started to like drinking hot tea. It’s so refreshing! The food and service here look impeccable. I just want to live your life for like, a week. Wanna trade for a little bit?

    • My brother didn’t care for it haha and you only want to trade so you can hang out with my brother! #Cheeky

  • Sarah

    You look gorgeous in that dress and what a steal it is too!

  • Lea

    seems like you fit right in! The way you described that tagine makes me so hungry. Lovely passage, Supal xxx

  • This should be published in a coffee table book it is that gorgeous. Between your writing, your imagery, the foods, the sights, smells, and the gorgeous fashion. I swear it felt like I was there with you. This is pretty epic.

    • Ah thank you so much, that is the sweetest comment ever! I think my goal is to now make each post coffee table book material 🙂 x

  • wonderful pics, love it 🙂
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