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Tarabel Marrakech

Tarabel Marrakech

Tarabel Marrakech

Tarabel Marrakech

This beautiful property is the third and last riad we visited during our week in Marrakech.

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If there is one thing that I want to achieve with The Viennese Girl photography travel blog, that is to make you dream, motivate you and inspire you to do more, to do better. I can only achieve this through my photographs. For this reason, I am seeking magical places like Riad de Tarabel that will give me the opportunity to create beautiful imagery.

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If you ever find yourself in this beautiful property, don’t miss a traditional Moroccan hamam. We tried it and we absolutely loved it.

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Tarabel Marrakech

Frankly I could spend days and nights taking photos in this gorgeous riad.

Tarabel Marrakech

Many thanks to Mr. Laurent and Tarabel Marrakech for letting me photograph this enchanting house.

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Marrakech photography journal

Marrakech photography journal

Marrakech photography journal

Marrakech photography journal
Marrakech photography journal
 

If anyone who doesn’t know me land on this website right now, may think that I live in Marrakech. But I do not. Don’t let the plethora of Marrakech blog posts mislead you!

Marrakech photography journal

Marrakech photography journal

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I guess I took too many pictures during the week I spent in Marrakech. But if I could, I would do this for every destination I visit.

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Restaurant Le Jardin

Restaurant Le Jardin

Photos of this blog post are taken by me (except the ones I am in the photo)

Locations: Le Jardin restaurant, Le Jardin secret palace, La Famille restaurant

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La Sultana Marrakech

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During our one week visit in Marrakech, Pauline and I had the honor to stay and photograph La Sultana Marrakech.

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In this blog post, I am happy to share my photos from La Sultana Marrakech with you!

La Sultana Marrakech

La Sultana Marrakech

La Sultana Marrakech

La Sultana Marrakech

La Sultana Marrakech

If you are looking for the ultimate Moroccan travel experience, I’d suggest you to check La Sultana Marrakech.

La Sultana Marrakech

We loved it here and we would definitely come back. Especially for the breakfast by the pool and the super romantic dining atmosphere!

Thank you La Sultana Marrakech!

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Marrakech travel tips

Marrakech travel tips

Nowdays there is so much content out there. If you google Marrakech travel tips, you will find at least 10 other blog posts with pretty much the same content haha. My thoughts about this: I don’t want to let that stop me from doing what I am doing. I will keep on doing it, for the pleasure of doing it. Also, Marrakech travel tips may be more or less the same, but photos won’t be the same! So here are MY Marrakech travel tips. I made a list for you without a lot of wordiness! Enjoy!

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Where to stay

Numa MarrakechLa Sultana MarrakechTarabel Marrakech / Royal Mansour / La Mamounia

Where to go

Jardin Majorelle / YSL museum/ Bahia Palace / Le Jardin Secret / Cactus Thiemann / Medresa Ben Youssef

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Where to shop

33 rue majorelle /  Max and Jan concept store

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Marrakech travel tips
 

Where to eat 

Le Jardin Marrakech / Nomad Marrakech / I limoni / Trattoria Marrakech / Terrasses des epices / La famille Marrakech / La table du Palais in Palais Lamrani

What to buy 

Home accessories / Straw bags / Moroccan Babouche shoes / Moroccan teapot / Rugs and carpets

Cafes to visit

Shtatto Marrakech / Atay cafe / Le Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier for the view to the famous square / Cafe des epices / Amandine Marrakech

I want to go back!

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Marrakech in January

Marrakech in January

Marrakech in January

Marrakech in January

It’s not by chance that I’ve chosen Marrakech as to be the first city to visit this year.

Marrakech in January

There is something about this city that wakes up my senses, makes me feel alive!

Marrakech in January

I consider January to be the worst month of the year because of the freezing cold that is all over Europe. Walking around Marrakech in January without having to wear heavy coats, gloves and scarf was pure bliss.

Marrakech in January

God bless all the warm places on earth that you can visit in January.

Marrakech in January

Marrakech in January

Shoutout to my friends from Urlaubsguru for their contribution to this trip. You guys, if you also want to escape from the cold, or if you are looking for the best travel offers on the web, I highly recommend you to check them out.

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Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Marrakech. First trip of the year.

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Numa Marrakech
 

Two years passed by since the last time I visited Marrakech. I missed it soooo much.

At the beginning of this year, I called my travel partner in crime Polina and told her “Hey, listen. It’s time to go back“. I expressed to her my strong desire to photograph the small riads in the medina.

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After a long discussion, we made a plan which we called: riad hopping. The first riad we visited was Numa Marrakech.

Numa Marrakech
Numa Marrakech
 

There is so much to love about Numa Marrakech: the entrance hall, the flowers, the colours of the walls, the breakfast, the fireplace, the selection of the furnitures, the terrace, the people who work there. Let alone the key location which makes wandering in the souks so easy, without having the fear that you will not find your way back to the riad. If you plan to visit Marrakech, it’s worth checking it out.

Numa Marrakech

For those who know me well, know my love for interior design and small boutique hotels.

Numa Marrakech
Numa Marrakech
 

So happy to be given the chance to photograph all this beauty at Numa Marrakech.

Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Numa Marrakech

Polina and I are very grateful to have had the chance to stay at and take photos of Numa Marrakech.

Thank you to the owners Claudia and Mauro for being so kind and generous with us! Our Italian hosts in the medina of Marrakech.

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Royal Mansour Marrakesh

Royal Mansour Marrakesh

Royal Mansour Marrakesh – As you might already know, here, on The Viennese Girl blog, we are living for fairy tale moments. Such was my stay at Royal Mansour. At Royal Mansour, Edisa and I felt like two little princesses. And that’s just one of hundreds of reasons why we can’t forget this property ever since we left.

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The whole experience felt so otherworldly right from the beginning. The staff of Royal Mansour picked us up from the airport and guided us through the VIP security and passport control while everyone else was waiting in another long line. That was the first hint that the following days would be phenomenal.

Royal Mansour MarrakeshWe hadn’t slept the previous night because our flight was very early in the morning. But the staff at Royal Mansour and the way they treated us made us forget all the fatigue. Who actually cares about a sleepless night if you know that the next day you get the best spa and dining experience you have ever had in your life? Royal Mansour Marrakesh sets the standards very high.

Royal Mansour Marrakesh

I’ve been traveling the world for years, from South America to USA, from the whole of Europe to the Middle East, and all the way to Asia. I never experienced something like this before. I remember one night I went to the reception and while I was waiting for some documents to be printed, I was looking at the ceiling and couldn’t believe my eyes.

Royal Mansour MarrakeshThroughout our stay we were looking around in awe, floored by the one of a kind architecture and decor of the palace.

Royal Mansour MarrakeshThat was it. For the five days we spent at Royal Mansour Marrakesh, we decided not to step out of the palace. We wanted to enjoy each and every moment of a 5 star luxury experience and completely forget the outside world.

Royal Mansour Marrakesh

This is something I never do. When I visit a city for the first time in my life, I always leave the luggage at the hotel room and go out to explore the place…But Royal Mansour’s magical atmosphere captivated us not only for five days, but eternally.

Royal Mansour Marrakesh
Royal Mansour Marrakesh
 

There is so much to tell you. But how can words alone adequately describe all this magic?

Royal Mansour Marrakesh

At Royal Mansour Marrakesh we had our own Riad, a traditional Moroccan house of three floors. It was the Riad number 10. I literally loved every inch of it: the little patio once you step in, the little fountain with the relaxing sound of the falling water, the mosaics, the huge living room on the ground floor, the bedroom on the first floor, and the terrace with the little pool on the third floor. I felt so much at home. Our clothes were all over the closet and there was enough space for everything. Our cosmetics were all over the bathroom and our shoes were standing in the entrance hall. We were running up and down the floors and as days passed by, the Riad number 10 became ours, our beautiful home.

Royal Mansour Marrakesh
Royal Mansour Marrakesh
 

In the morning, breakfast was served a la carte. We could have it either on the roof terrace of our Riad or in the in the main courtyard around the olive trees.

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Royal Mansour Marrakesh

We spent all evenings in the public lobby, sipping Moroccan tea and listening to a young lady singing in a language we didn’t understand. It must be love songs, I guess. We loved looking at her while the white gloves wearing butler was pouring us mint tea with such attentive care.

Royal Mansour Marrakesh

Those evenings were something out of a fairy tale.

Royal Mansour Marrakesh
Royal Mansour Marrakesh
 

On our last day at Royal Mansour Marrakesh we found some books in our living room that documented stories of people who have visited Royal Mansour..The guests of Royal Mansour were as special as the palace is.

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So, we opened the book with so much curiosity to read the stories in it. One of my favorite stories was of a photographer who said: “What’s the weather forecast? What difference would it make in any case, even if I knew? Just as long as there’s clear blue sky, everything will be fine. I’ve spent the whole day framing shots and setting up compositions for tomorrow’s shoot, taking masses of Polaroids and making my own sketches”.  

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Every night, a little bit before we go to sleep, we wandered along the alleyways and enjoyed the tranquility of the palace. We never met anybody during our little strolls apart from that night when a wedding party was held. That was evidence that this palace is a haven where you can enjoy high exclusivity and privacy. Here, peace and privacy radiate through.

Royal Mansour Marrakesh

All the words in this post was written with charged feelings of nostalgia. I am awash with nice memories from Royal Mansour. We were sad to leave, but on the other hand, I knew I was privileged to experience such extravagance and royalty, and I hope it will not be long before I go back again. You know, during our stay, I saw them building new oasis gardens with a new large swimming pool and 7 private pavilions. Those are for sure some of the hundred reasons to go back to Royal Mansour. Best hotel experience. Ever. 

All photos of the hotel were taken by me

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Jardin Majorelle Rue Yves Saint Laurent

Jardin Majorelle Rue Yves Saint Laurent

Jardin Majorelle Rue Yves Saint Laurent – another beautiful place to visit when in Morocco. 

Jardin Majorelle Rue Yves Saint Laurent
Jardin Majorelle Rue Yves Saint Laurent
 

I wrote a few words in my previous blog post and here, I can share some photos with you. Jardin Majorelle is not an easy place to photograph. The place is crowded and I personally don’t like having strangers in my photos.

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It was also very hot and the sun was creating strong shadows and causing high contrasts, which is something that I don’t find very flattering in photography. Turns out your visit to Jardin Majorelle become a photography challenge…

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For those reasons, we decided to visit Jardin Majorelle the day after for a second time, with the hope of finding less crowds and cooler temperatures. But it didn’t work out.

Jardin Majorelle Rue Yves Saint Laurent
Jardin Majorelle in Rue Yves Saint Laurent is truly a beautiful place to visit in Marrakesh. What you will find at Jardin Majorelle is: Blue walls, exotic plants and trees, fountains and vibrant colors, a bookstore, a boutique, the Berber Museum and the loveliest café ever where we spent about an hour and drunk something refreshing. I wish it won’t be long before I go back.

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One week in Marrakesh

One week in Marrakesh
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One week in Marrakesh
One week in Marrakesh
 

One week in Marrakesh

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One week in Marrakesh
 

One week in Marrakesh

One week in Marrakesh
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One week in Marrakesh
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One week in Marrakesh was just perfect. I wouldn’t go for less. Of course, if you don’t have as much time at your disposal, then you can always go for less…I am just saying that at least one week is needed to enjoy this beautiful city.

I loved Marrakesh, its vibes and its colours. I was afraid that it would be a little bit dangerous for two girls to go there alone but when we got there I realized how wrong my initial worries were. There was chaos on the streets, of which I am not used to (because in Vienna there is order everywhere). But other than that, there is absolutely no problem as long as you dress up correctly and you don’t do anything provocative. You should always be careful in the night or during the early morning, but during the day there is nothing to worry about. We stayed at the hotel La Mamounia  which is very close to the Medina (old town of Marrakesh). We could reach the Medina either on foot or by taxi. However, my favorite mean of transport was the tuk tuk (auto rickshaw in English). That was so much fun.

I am afraid I am not able to give you all the Marrakesh insider tips and the hidden gems that you might be looking for. I only stayed there for one week, which was only enough time for the basics. However, I hope you still find the following tips and recommendations of mine helpful, so here we go:

  • Find a taxi driver from your hotel. They are usually very nice and helpful and they always say “Yes madam, yes madam”. If you are lucky enough to find someone who is as nice as our taxi driver was, he will show you around, he will drive you from one place to another, he will wait for you out of every monument, for as long as your visit lasts. And regarding the money, the service will be absolutely affordable. At the end of the day, we gave our own taxi driver more money than he asked for because he was just too kind and helpful.
  • Everybody told me: go to the Jardin Majorelle garden. But go early in the morning, at the time of the opening if possible. We didn’t manage to wake up early enough, although we wanted to. Jardin Majorelle is beautiful, but it’s way more beautiful without crowds and other tourists haha. And the cafe of the garden…oh my God!! So adorable!
  • Nomad & Le Jardin: favorite restaurants in Marrakesh. We went to Nomad two times and if we had more time in Marrakesh, we would go there every evening. The restaurant is just unbeatable, both food and environment. Ask to meet Karim, the manager of Nomad. We can’t forget how nice he treated us.
  • Although the Medina is way more interesting, I would suggest that you also look around the new city of Marrakesh called Guéliz.
  • Don’t miss the Bahia Palace

I miss the days and the nights in Marrakesh. They were made of pure magic and glitter. Generally, traveling out of Europe gives me the biggest happiness. With that being said, I am happy to announce that there is one more travel coming this week. I am flying to Dubai to meet my friend Michelle Karam from Travel Junkie Diary. She invited me to visit her, and then we fly together to the Maldives with Fly Dubai. Follow along on Instagram  and check the hashtag #travelwithTJD for updates.

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