Monthly Archives: May 2016

Marrakech

Marrakech has to be one of my favourite cities.  From its landscape of palm trees, the backdrop of Atlas mountains and myriad of souks, gorgeous riads to it’s amazing culture where you hear a mix of French, Arabic & Berber. When you first visit the city it really feels like you’ve gone back in time.

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Things to do:

Stay in a Riad

Escape the chaos of Marrakech by staying in a Riad..it’s definitely a unique experience.  My Riad was literally two minutes away from Jamaa el Fna (the main square).

 

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Head down to the Souks

Once you’ve got over your jet lag or have enough energy check out the souks.  The whole souk experience can be overwhelming from the smells, sounds and haggling so be prepared!

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Ben Youssef Madrasa

If you’re looking for ornate architecture this is the place to go.

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Jardin Majorelle

If you’ve got a free afternoon take a stroll in Jardin Majorelle

Sit at a terrace restaurant overlooking Jamaa el Fna and people watch

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If you’re staying more than four days I would recommend heading to Essaouira or the Atlas mountains, which would take up a whole day since it’s outside Marrakech.  I would also fit in camping at the desert.

I spent four days in Marrakech so was unable to camp in the desert but did do a day trip to Essaouira

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Buenos Aires

This was my first solo trip and I couldn’t have picked a better destination – you get the hustle and bustle of a city with lots to do but also the chilled out Latin vibe.  I visited in December and the weather was amazing, Buenos Aires reminded me of Madrid but with a Latin flair.

Things to do:

Order a con leche

After arriving at your hotel head to the nearest cafe and ordered a con leche…

When I first arrive in a new city I usually walk around the neighbourhood to get my bearings right and just to get more familiar with the neighbourhood – heading to a nearby non-touristy cafe is usually a good way to shake off that jet lag and settle into the new city.  People watching during coffee is a good way to get to get a gist of your new city’s daily life.

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Buenos Aires street Art tour

Head out for a for a graffiti tour.  The tour takes you around different neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires to show off their amazing street art. Book early in your trip so that you get a gist of all the areas you want to revisit.

Check out Graffitimundo for street art tours.

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Palermo

Palermo Soho was my favourite spot, which is loaded with lovely boutiques, galleries, cafes, and restaurants.  Where ever you stay in Buenos Aires it’s likely you’ll make frequent trips to Palermo so it’s better to either book your hotel in Palermo or be a short cab ride from here.

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San Telmo Market

San Telmo market takes place in the oldest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires.  It attracts large crowds on Sunday so try getting there early.  You’ll find everything from antiques, furniture and numerous accessories.

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