RED CITY - NOVEMBER 2006
For many people when you speak of Morocco you mean Marrakesh, the second largest city in the country after Casablanca, and earlier known to travellers as «Morocco City». Started to be built in 1070, in the plain near the Atlas Mountains, as a new capital for the Almoravid leader Abu-Bakr Ibn-Umar, it reached its apogee under the leadership of Yacoub el Mansour, the third Almohad sultan. Having been an imperial capital (like Fez, Meknes and Rabat), it's still nowadays a cultural crossroads, which has attracted many foreigners to the flourishing real estate market!
"AVENUE YARMOUK, in the residential area of Hivernage. For some reason Marrakesh is named the red city; the ramparts of the Medina make justice to the name"
"STOP - After a long journey from Rabat, through Casablanca (the Casablanca-Marrakesh Expressway was not yet fully completed - it opened on April 17th, 2007), we were supposed to stop!"
"RED HOUSE HOTEL - Opened in 1923, the La Mamounia Hotel closed on July 1st, 2006 for a major renovation under the direction of Jacques Garcia; it's scheduled to reopen later in 2008. Meanwhile we used the Red House, a small hotel in Av. Yarmouk, quite close to the La Mamounia"
"SWIMMING POOL - Beautifully inscribed in the gardens of the hotel, the tables around provide an excellent venue for breakfast or lunch"
"GARDEN - With some exotic species, it's a quiet oasis from the bustle of the almost nearby Main Square"
"RESTAURANT - A wonderful choice of Moroccan specialities: Pastilla stuffed with pigeon and almonds, Tajine of lamb and prunes, and finally Pastilla with milk, cinnamon and almonds make a lovely (not so healthy though) meal..."
"LOBBY -Waiting for the check-in to be completed..."
"SUITE ROYALE - One of the three existing"
"CHEZ ALI - It could be a tourist trap, but the Marrakesh Fantasia at Chez Ali was a nice choice for dinner and entertainment on the first night in the city!"
"RECEPTION IN STYLE"
"SINGERS - Some really incredible voices here"
"RIDING THE CAMEL"
"DAKKA MARRAKCHIA - A troop with a traditional repertoire"
"BOOK OF HONOUR"