Saturday, May 27, 2017

blooming & botanical

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The second day of our botanical discoveries we headed outside the city walls of the medina.

Early morning visit to Jardin Majorelle is obviously included in the program. In our private 'greenhouse', we worked on our herbarium while enjoying coffee, tea & kaab el ghazal, delicious Moroccan pastries.

Via a gigantic colorful botanical garden out of town, we continued the green trip with our minibus, up for lunch in an ancient olive grove.

After a blissful lunch, time for a relaxing afternoon in and around the pool and a some of us made another stroll through the beautiful gardens.

At the end of the day we enter the city walls of Marrakech with a botanical afterglow.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

green gardens workshop - the premiere

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The premiere of the Green Garden workshop in Marrakech was even better and greener than we imagined when we came up with the program.

All the gardens and parks in the medina were already so green and full of bloom!
Blooming pomegranate trees, the beautifully recognizable crowns of fruits already fully recognizable.

During our first morning 'gardens' tour, we all collected leaves, blossoms and seeds, to get started with our herbarium after lunch. Great fun to see how everyone used his own personal collection to make a green diary.

In the afternoon we continued our walk to the local flower market and a public park and ended on the roof at El Fenn for drinks with a view.

At the end of the day we returned to our base camp, the green oasis Chambres d'Amis. Just a bit tired of all impressions, but surely satisfied with our first green adventures.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

essaouira

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Mogador, Medina at the ocean.

After some weeks in Marrakech it was such a difference to be in Essaouira.

For me it was the first time in Essaouira.
We were lucky, because it was exceptionally quiet in the city, so I really could experience the authentic atmosphere. And hardly no wind, also very unusual.

We walked along the harbor, where fishermen were unloading the catch of the day at that time. So many fresh fish and of course I made a lot of pictures, what a photogenic place!

My friend Ank had some fresh oysters at a stall in the harbor. After an overdose of fishy smell, we left the harbor and crossed the main square with playing kids.

We had verbena tea while watching the sunset and thereafter we strolled through the charming narrow streets in the medina and of course we had fish for dinner that night.

Monday, May 22, 2017

thelma & louise

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Between the two workshops, my friend Ank and I went on a roadtrip to the Essaouira.

From the parking in the Medina of Marrakech, we started our mini break to the coast in Ank's baby blue Renault 4, like Thelma & Louise!
We had so much fun on our way and it was amazing to drive through the ever-changing landscape. Flip, Ank's puppy between us on the front seat. He is so cute, easy and sweet. At the end of the day we finally arrived at our ecolodge in the middle of nowhere.

Three days to upload for the first Green Gardens workshop. Time to relax and enjoy the sunshine, beach and hammock at the pool. Lucky us..