Saturday, May 27, 2017

herbs, spices & veggies

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Another Green Garden day in the Medina, to shop & cook our own lunch.

With our 'Arabic' grocery list and big baskets we went out shopping in the souk in the morning.
First towards Place des Epices to buy herbs and spices and then straight to the local market, to buy vegetables and fruits.

Heavily packed we returned home to Chambres d'Amis, to get started with the cooking class, under the guidance of Malika and Rachida, kitchen princesses of the house.

Cutting a lot of vegetables and preparing refined seasoning blends and dressings, under the banana trees of the courtyard.
We made various vegetable salads, a vegetable couscous tajine and a delicious fruit salad. Those scents, hmmmm...

While the food was slowly simmering, we were dismissed for a siesta.

At the 'a table' call, we all came to the roof terrace to taste our home-made lunch in the shade.
During the first bites, the afternoon prayer sounded in the background...

Simplement magnifique!

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.