A spot of Winter sunshine and a dose of the exotic were on the menu this week, not to mention quite a lot of extraordinary food; our first expedition to Morocco has been a great success.
We were led down a maze of passageways to our Riad in the Medina – a haven of peace and tranquillity, with babbling fountains, iridescent tiles, soft sofas, a hammam and breakfast on the roof terraces. As is so often said, Marrakech is an assault on the senses, so many aromas (most of them wonderful), so many unusual sounds (donkeys braying, the call to prayer, unfamiliar birdsong…) and the inevitable getting lost in the Souk, even with map-head husband, navigating by glimpses of the sun through the roof. But before long you find yourself at a chichi rooftop restaurant, presented with amazing food and juices, in warm sunshine, with views of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. Night-time is even more diverting, with snake charmers, tribal drummers and exotic food stalls promising “no bloody diarrhoea”.
Naturally, we soon relaxed into the swim of things and unearthed lots of wonderful goodies – already in the Corsham shop: hand-loomed, unique scarves in cotton, linen, lurex or wool, in wonderful colours. The softest suede babouche slippers in almost edible jewel colours, for babies, kids and adults. Leather pencil cases and purses (again in fab colours), argan oil (for wrinkles, dry skin, burns, dry hair – anything really), kitschtastic dolls, simply stylish vintage Berber silver jewellery, not to mention the silver leather purses we had made to order. All at very fair prices, as usual. If you can’t make it to the shop, do call us, we are happy to send pics and post goodies.
Also new in are beautiful double layer star t-shirts, suede star shopping bags and Cubist jewellery, all of which go perfectly with our Moroccan scarves.