Moroccan Dreams

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

On our third day in Marrakech we went in search of camels. 
It was the one thing on everyone's to do list while we where there! 
We met our new friends and were given the option of traditional Moroccan dress. 
Naturally we went for the full outfit.
We did struggle with our headdresses 
but they were definitely necessary in the desert winds.  
Our tour guide was brilliant and had us laughing the entire time.
We couldn't resist a selfie with our new pals. 
That evening we spent at Jemma El Fna the main square in Marrakech. 
The souks are a hive of activity during the day but the square comes alive at night.
There are stalls with souvenirs, food vendors, snake charmers and 
even monkeys running around.
There are loads of restaurants where you can sit and watch the madness from above.
This particular one had the most amazing sink. 
There really is detail everywhere in Marrakech.
A henna tattoo was something I had been dreaming of. 
They are plenty of women selling henna so you can feel free to walk around and haggle.
Which is all part of the fun! 
The locals expect haggling so it's always worth chancing your arm.
The results are pretty cool and mine lasted nearly two weeks.
That night we spent dancing with these amazing women at Palais Jad Mahal. 
A late bar/club with live music and performers. 
It was such a good night out and worth a visit if your in Marrakech!

Spa Day at Mamounia

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Before heading to Marrakech I did a lot of research.
One of the places that kept coming up was Hotel La Mamounia
After visiting I can totally understand why. 
Mamounia is one of the most exquisite hotels I've ever seen.  
The architecture and decor are incredible. 
I don't think their is an inch of this hotel that isn't covered
 in some kind of extraordinary craftsmanship. 
We booked an all day spa deal which included lunch and a spa treatment.
 It was a little bit pricey but it was worth every penny. 
We ate at at one of Mamounia's many restaurants. 
Although it wasn't traditional Moroccan cuisine the food was superb. 
Then it was onto the Spa. I got a massage with Moroccan oils. 
It was so relaxing and just what we needed after the hustle and bustle of the souks.
After our treatments we relaxed in the indoor pool which literally felt like a dream. 
We went for a stroll around the gardens to finish off the day. 
Admiring the tiles as we went.
We stopped for ice cream in the hotels very own ice cream bar. 
Which was very welcome in the crazy heat. 
The entire experience from start to finish was amazing. 
The place just oozes opulence and style. 
Mamounia is definitely worth a trip if your visiting Marrakech.

The Souk Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco has been on my list for some time now.
I could not have been more excited to go explore.  
Our first stop on route to the souk was Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in Marrakech. 
Before heading to the souks we went to the Berber markets.
 Were we visited an apothecary that had herbs, spices to cure every ailment.
It's hard to describe the souk, it feels like you've entered Aladdin's cave.
 There's a  huge stretch of market stalls covered in silver trinkets, 
spices and leather goods.  It's a maze and it goes on and on and on.    
There is so much to choose from and you can haggle for everything.
The whole place is a feast for the senses the smell of the spices is amazing. 
I had a Carrie Bradshaw moment when I bought a pair of pointy shoes in the Souk.
 (Shortly after I learnt Sex and The City 2 was actually filmed in Morocco not in Abu Dhabi)
We finished off the day with a traditional Moroccan feast at Chez Ali Fantasia. 
Chez Ali was recommended by the hotel but we found the food was disappointing. 
We did have fun though and the building did have some incredible tiling. 


Monday, 11 January 2016

The second day of our trip to the kingdom we ventured towards Dingle for some horse riding and dolphin spotting. 
For our horse riding trek we went with the Dingle Horse Riding School. 
As I'm not the most skilled in terms of horse riding we took the beginner trail.
It was really easy going so we could chat and enjoy the views.
It was leaving cert week so the weather was amazing as always. 
There were clear blue skies as we trotted along.
At lunchtime we headed towards the main street.
We stopped for some fresh sea food chowder. 
The fish was so fresh it literally tasted as if it hopped into the bowl.
Then it was onto one of the things I was most excited for on this trip. 
A visit to Fungi. Fungi is a dolphin who has lived in the Dingle harbor for years. 
He is a wild dolphin but he comes out to say  hello hoards of tourists who visit daily.  
Then we waited.
After an hour of jumping from one side of the boat to another with no luck,
 he popped up to say hello.
 I luckily caught him and I'm definitely going to frame this picture.

After all the excitement of Fungi we headed down the coast 
to Dun Chaoin for a walk along the cliffs.
This winding path in particular was one of my favourite spots.
On our drive back to Killarney we couldn't help ourselves 
and we stopped for some famous Murphy's ice cream. 
It was the perfect way to end a sunny day in Dingle.

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