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Rue Yves St Laurent By A-Maps، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
In 1923, the artist Jacques Majorelle acquired a four-acre plot of land just outside the center of Marrakech. Inspired by numerous travels around the country to paint scenes of village life, and funded by painting more illustrious portraits such...
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El Moukef, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Marrakesh’s legendary La Mamounia, which dates back to the 12th century, reopened in 2009 after a meticulous three-year renovation by noted French architect and designer Jacques Garcia. Step behind its fabled doors and a sensory feast...
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Derb Assehbi, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Opened in 1946 as a restaurant (where the famous regulars included Churchill and Hemingway), La Maison Arabe later expanded to a small hotel, then grew again under its current French-Italian owner. Today, it features 26 garden- or patio-view rooms...
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Rue Assouel, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
At Ben Youssef Medersa, a 16th-century Koranic boarding school turned museum, visitors can see colorful mosaic zellij tiles and intricate stucco carvings inscribed with Muslim invocations. —Jennye Garibaldi
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Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
The walled Marrakesh medina is fascinating for its souks, the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square and the many museums. But in all of the excitement of Africa's busiest city, don't forget to get lost in the quieter pedestrian alleys that twist and wind...
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The ritual early morning feeding of the gulls at Essaouria's waterfront.
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40 Rue des Banques, Djema el Fna, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
The thing that struck me the most on our travels through the Kasbah were the façades of the old city were all the same, be it new or old, rich or poor. Unlike the American culture of showing their wealth for all to see and to envy, the...
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33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
The city’s first concept store is the vision of Egyptian entrepreneur Yehia Abdelnour, a self-confessed interior design nut and global nomad who wanted to create a one-stop shop in which to showcase quality Moroccan-designed gifts, fashion,...
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Fes, Morocco
Probably one of my favorite souvenirs from Morocco are the mini tagines I bought from a friend's shop and a pottery factory we visited in Fes, where these mini tagines were also available in what I've been told are the city's emblematic blue and...
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Avenue Imam El Ghazali, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Surely one of the most extraordinary imperial relics of Morocco, the Palais Bahia (“the brilliant”) doesn’t disappoint. Built at the start of the 19th century by architect El Mekki for Si Moussa, the then chamberlain of Sultan...
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Sidi Bouloukat Djemaa el fna 53 Sidi Bouloukate، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Described by writer Tahir Shah as the “greatest show on Earth,” no visit to Marrakech would be complete without a visit to the famous night market on the Djemaa el Fna. Arrive before sunset and park yourself at one of the...
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Quartier Ain Noqbi, Fès, Morocco
Some travelers are exhausted by the haggling in the souks of Morocco, by the barely-organized chaos of the medinas. In Fes, the stunning mosaic tile creations that are so typical all over the country can be bought directly from the artisans who...
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Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
“Get out. Go. I won’t sell to you,” cried the shopkeeper, waving his hands. I exited, down the steps. Twice. Each time, the man ran after me, entreating: “Come back, come back.” After two hours, I owned a 2’x3’ Berber carpet. For a student...
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81 Rue Dar el Bacha, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
At the poolside restaurantDar Moha, hungrytravelers can dine on couscouswith foie gras, lamb shanktagine with ras el hanout jus,and chakhchoukha, a caramelized apple tart spiced withsaffron. Enjoy your meal atone of the candlelit tableswhile a...
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Boulevard de la Corniche, Casablanca 20000, Morocco
The Hassan II Mosque is the second largest mosque in the world after the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Breathtaking!
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Palais des remparts hôtel - 18 rue Ibn Rochd - Essaouira (médina), Essaouira 44000, Morocco
On the water is an old fort where artists bring their wears for sale. Bargaining is the way of the world here. I bought some amazing hand painted dishes my favorite leather belt and don't forget to pick up some argan oil here.
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Rahba Kedima, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
I sampled tagines from a half-dozen places in Marrakesh, including fancy restaurants, and the succulent chicken tagine at Bakshish, an unassuming and bohemian-flavored café in the souk, topped them all. It’s a nice spot to take a break from...
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Rahba Kedima, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Argan oil is celebrated for its skin-nourishing properties. It’s also hugely expensive when bought outside Morocco, so this cosmetic wonder is pretty much a no-brainer for any Marrakesh shopping list. Inside the medina, argan products are not hard...
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7 Derb el Magana, Fes, Morocco
When Mike Richardson exploded onto the fairly limited Fes dining scene in 2007, he took the medina by storm. Suddenly there was someplace where locals, tourists, and a handful of resident expats could convene. They came to view exhibitions by...
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Souk Ahl Fes, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
If vintage photography is your thing, you can't miss Marrakech's Maison de la Photographie. And if a collection of 3500 photographs about Morocco between 1870 and 1950 doesn't make you swoon, you should still go. Because the Maison has a secret...
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Hay Ait Skato, Fès 30050, Morocco
On my travels, a highlight has to be capturing images of local people, either chatting and then asking for a photo (usually positive) or like this one, a candid shot. While staying in Fes, in Morocco, I went to the Souk every day. It's an amazing...
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Rue Mohamed Ben Masoud, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

By Elizabeth Woodson

Try making a tagine at l’Atelier Madada, a cooking school in a former almond factory. Four-hour workshops led by a dada (female chef ) kick off with a trip to the nearby spice souk. Afterward you’ll prepare and eat a...

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Tiznit 85000, Morocco
Without a doubt, I miss Moroccan mint tea. Not only do I often think back on that perfectly brewed, overly sweetened cup of gunpowder green tea brewed with fresh spearmint leaves, but I remember the ritual itself. When I traveled in Morocco, our...
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Essaouira, Morocco
At the central fish market in the ancient Moroccan coastal city of Essaouira, table after white table is piled high with the catch of the day. Each table displays only one variety, with the lack of strong smells speaking to the freshness of the...
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Ksibat Nhass, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
“This is the temporary home of the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts, which will eventually move into a new building designed by David Chipperfield. It is worth a visit here just to see a historic palace.”-Moroccan artist Hassan...
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32 Souk Jeld Sidi Abdelaziz, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
As one of the most innovative players on the Marrakech restaurant scene, Kamal Laftimi spearheads projects that are nothing if not showstoppers. This buzzy, green-on-green–tiled riad, bristling with courtyard banana trees, is a case in...
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Diabat, Morocco
I couldn’t get it out of my mind…like the time I heard that the Russian Cat Circus was performing in my city…I HAD to go and see those crazy Russian housecats perform tricks! Once I had heard that goats in Morocco climbed high up in trees, I was...
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Avenue des F.A.R, Meknes 50000, Morocco
One of a small amount of similar sites open to non-Muslims, this tomb along the main street in Meknes is a colorful site to behold. A series of ornately tiled and carved antechambers lead you to the tomb of the sultan, where you must remove your...
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75 Derb Rahba Lakdima, Marrakesh Medina 40000, Morocco
“A Medina institution, Café des Épices is all about the ambience on the square. It’s a great place to meet people and to grab a sandwich. I like their vegetarian sandwich, made with avocado and tomato, and a nous nous,...
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N1, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

By Elizabeth Woodson

The windswept seaside town of Essaouira, Morocco is loved as much for what it has—a tiny, well-preserved medina, cliff-top ramparts, and a funky vibe courtesy of many resident artists—as for what it doesn’t have: crowds. Summer...

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Médina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
“The Medina is like Brooklyn in that there are all sorts of neighborhoods within it. The Old Jewish Quarter is still a very local place. It feels like Marrakech 30 years ago—a bit rugged and run-down, but it’s cool to wander around in. There are a...
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2 Place Batha, Fes 30206, Morocco
Over a sultan's feast of pastilla, marinated salads, tajines, and pastries at La Maison Bleue in the Fès medina, my husband and I were spellbound by the haunting voice of this oud player. The melancholy cadence of his instrument coalesced with the...
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Ahl Agadir, Essaouira, Morocco

By Elizabeth Woodson

Essaouira’s reputation as an artistic haven harks back to its hippie pilgrimage past. (Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley both spent time here.) Damgaard Gallery highlights Morocco’s modern talent, including painters from the Gnaoua...

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Like stepping back in time.........The colors, smells, textures, tastes will have your senses in overdrive.
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Rahba Kedima, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
We went for a walk through the markets looking for spices, which we were going to use for a cooking class later that afternoon.
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Place an-Nejjarine, Fès, Morocco
The Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts in Fes, Morocco is interesting enough ... but be sure to climb the last flight of stairs to the rooftop for a view like this!
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116 Derb Lhammam, Mouassine, Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Depending on how you feel on a given day, the souq can be one of the most exciting, crazed, interesting, or even frustrating experiences in any Moroccan city. Heading out early one morning to do some sightseeing, though, I found most of the...
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2 Derb Sedra, Bab Agnaou, Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
I wasn't crazy about the thought of being scrubbed and washed in a room full of strangers, even if they were of the same gender. However, I did want to try a hammam. Les Bains de Marrakech turned out to be exactly what I wanted. The spa has...
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3 Rue Mohamed Ben Messaoud, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

By Elizabeth Woodson

In an 18th-century riad (a traditional Moroccan home), Villa de l’O’s 12 rooms display sepia-tone photos of Essaouira on polished limestone walls. Berber cushions decorate the floors, and copper or wood-encased tubs are perfect...

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Essaouira, Morocco
The port, situated inside the medina in Essaouira, is a hub of activity all day long. But in the early evening, the boats come in, the fish is unloaded, and men begin to make preparations for going out again the next day. Families stroll through...
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16 Rue Ceuta، الصويرة 44000, Morocco
It took only minutes after arrival for me to fall in (platonic) love with the riad's owner Jean Gabriel and his kind and helpful staff. Then, after checking in and getting a tour, I fell head over heels for Jean Gabriel's spectacular art...
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Part of the rug souk in Marrakech.
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Place du jardin public، 248 Bd Sour Jdid، الدار البيضاء 20250, Morocco
Ok, so there really was no Rick's Cafe from the movie Casablanca. It as a set of a gin joint where she walked in, where Sam played it again, and where he looked at her. But the authenticity really doesn't matter because when you're in Casablanca,...
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Essaouira, Morocco
I’d like to express heartfelt thanks to my Portuguese fisherman ancestors for handing down in my DNA an innate passion for “all things ocean”. This would include boats, ships, ferries, fishing vessels, seaside towns, the smell of salt water, the...
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Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira was my favorite place in Morocco. Being seaside, the town was so relaxed and friendly. The medina was smaller and so easy to navigate and I loved all the little cafes where you could sit and people watch for as long as you like....
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5 Derb Zerbtana, Fès 30110, Morocco
The tangled maze of narrow alleys in the medina in Fes, Morocco requires that all deliveries are made by push cart or donkey. I woke this guy from his nap to transport my luggage to my riad - which was most helpful, since I had no idea where it...
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33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
On Rue de Majorelle across from Yves Sant Laurent's Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Morocco is a food, art and retail gallery that is a must stop for the style savvy traveler. Kaowa is a fresh food and juice/smoothie house attached to a European...
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Boulevard de la Corniche, Casablanca 20000, Morocco
The Royal door is decorated with traditional motifs engraved on brass and titanium (from Russia). The gigantic titanium doors above lead to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. They reportedly weigh 10 tons, and are operated electrically....
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22 Rue Bab Agnaou, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
The number of places you can eat tagines at in Marrakech is countless. Some are ok, some are good and some are just outstanding. A local pointed us to Riad Omar just a few minutes walk from Place Jemaa El Fna. Fresh ingredients are used and you...
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Fes, Morocco
The plaza of Place Seffarine, dominated by the entrance to the al-Qarawiyin Library and a sturdy old tree, is one of the most pleasing areas in Fes. As you approach, you’ll hear the sound of the copper beaters tap, tap, tapping away....
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Azrou, Morocco
Home to the rarely spotted Barbary Macaques the Cedar Forest is the largest in Morocco. It’s about a 60 Kilometre drive south of Fez, set amongst the Middle Atlas Mountains the forest has some of the oldest cedar trees in the world. The landscape...
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Dar Tazi, Fes, Morocco
To immerse yourself in the life of a Moroccan housewife, take a stroll through the fresh-produce market of R’cif, which winds through the lower part of the Fes medina. Plan to arrive by 10 a.m. when the market really...
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Rue Skala, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
when you get to essaouira, consider yourself lucky if you can see your hand in front of your face. this moroccan sea port has a penchant for thick fog -- an incorrigible event the locals call "da bab" (murmured under the breath, with a subtle head...
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55 Boulevard Mohamed Zerktouni, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Al Fassia Gueliz -- woman owned and run (a pretty advanced concept in Morocco) -- earns high marks in every review I've consulted. It's pretty, and not especially romantic, despite the white tablecloths and candles. We start with the mixed salad...
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Place des Ferblantiers، Rue de Berrima، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
It’s a surprise that a Muslim country like Morocco has a developed wine and beer industry, aimed almost entirely at a domestic market. Although drinking in public is still frowned on, the country’s tipples are well worth exploring in...
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Amizmiz, Morocco
Marrakech continues to be one of my personal favorite destination. I admit, it has a lot to do with the shopping, particularly the Berber traditional pieces- each rich with their own story. And there is no better place to experience the Berber...
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Medina, Meknes, Morocco
The streets are so narrow in the medina, that the only means of transport are the donkeys. They are driven in a frenzy, careening down the pathways, and you must jump out of the way or risk being run down. I think it's a "scare the tourist" game...
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Although a relatively small medina, it is still quite easy to escape the crowds and journey into the unspoiled parts of Essaouira. Getting a little lost down a quiet alley will inevitably have you running into a group of kids playing, peaking into...
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Marrakesh, Morocco
Like a scene out of an Indiana Jones Movie. A bit daunting at first but with a good guide, you will feel like a real adventurer. Between Jemaa el Fna and Ben Youssef Mosque is a huge maze of shops selling everything from top of the range local...
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Essaouira, Morocco
Boats sit in the harbour waiting for the green light before this sea of blue takes to... a sea of blue.
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87 Derb Moulay Abdul Kader, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
At Riad El Cadi on the outskirts of old town Marrakech, we learned about spices and traditional cooking techniques. Here you can see my little cooking station where they laid out all the colorful spices. Here we're blanching almonds to stuff into...
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Meknes, Morocco

It seems as though I spent most of this trip completely lost, but it was during those hours of wandering that I discovered the best things to see--like this, one of many scenes from a day of local shopping. Besides the oranges, which we also...

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In itself, Souk el Kheir is a reprieve from the zooming motorbikes and snake charmers you'll find in the chaotic Djemaa el-Fna Square. (Vendors in this Souk have banned motorbikes, so you won't have to risk your life to browse.) Yet further within...
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Avenue Imam Malik, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Walk into the patio of Cafe Grand de la Poste and immediately I felt tranquility. In the bustling and upcoming neighborhood of Gueliz, this cafe is a place where time seems to slow. Great food, beautiful decor. A plus for nightlife: the staff told...
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Meknes, Morocco
I had the great pleasure of watching a silversmith craft beautiful patterns with a small hammer and some silver string onto iron plates or iron animals. It turns out that Meknes, Morocco is internationally known for its craftsmanship in this...
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Medina, Meknes, Morocco
Something I'll always carry with me from my time spent in Morocco is an appreciation for the country's artisanal style of decorating and in its own way this photo captures so much of what I love about it. The wash of yellow on the walls reminds me...
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Marrakesh, Morocco
I took many door pictures. Each seemed to have it's own personality. The streets in the medina are narrow, and crowded with donkeys, and vendors, and people. Doors, like this one, seal off the private lush gardens, and opulent Riads and homes. I...
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Essaouira, Morocco
Marrakech is a full-on assault of the senses, whether you love it or not. Staying in the fishing village of Essaouira for a week was the soothing anecdote. Although it is sadly becoming more touristy, it is still a beautiful place to hang out....
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Fes, Morocco
After making small talk in mediocre Spanish, broken French, and little English, we managed to interpret that we were waiting for the bread that was rolled in the home to finish baking at the oven in the center of town because no home has their own...
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Rue de la Liberté, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Wonderful little shop full of treasures. Lovely selection of ceramics that I wish I had the space for, and brassware as well. A small selection of jewelry that may satiate any girl's desire for trinkets. The pièce de résistance for me were the...
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29 Derb Bouelilou, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Situated in the heart of the historical Marrakech medina just 10 minutes from the main square of Jemaa el Fna, Riad Dar Zaman is a traditional 18th century Marrakech riad that has been refurbished to create a luxurious guest house. Retaining many...
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RUE SOUK EL FASSI N°55 - KAT BENNAHÏD -، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Our driver turns down a dozen dizzying backstreets and grinds to a halt deep within the bowels of the Marrakech medina. A gang of street urchins promise to deliver us to Le Foundouk from here. We exit the security of our cab with some hesitation....
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8 Derb Chorfa Lakbir - Mouassine، Marrakech 40030, Morocco
Marrakesh introduced to the world the concept of the riad – a boutique guesthouse in a converted medina townhouse. They’re enclosed from the world, with nothing but a brass-nailed door to hint at what’s inside. A riad is centered...
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Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
You don’t have to be a guest at El Fenn's hotel to relish the eclectic surroundings of its gallery and boutique—all ruby red tadelakt around a gleaming silver bar, with a chest-high fireplace and a trompe l'oeil of strutting pink...
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44, Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris, France
Flora Mikula, one of France’s rare female top chefs, has given up her gastronomic restaurant Les Saveurs de Flora to open her dream Paris place, a small urban auberge in the 11th arrondissement where travelers can mingle with les citoyens...