• Morocco,  Travel

    Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech

    One of the top attractions in Marrakech is Jardin Majorelle – a sanctuary of succulents, cacti, and palms developed over decades. This intricate garden in Marrakech was developed over 40 years by French artist Jacques Majorelle.  Majorelle was a painter with a passion for botany.  He cultivated 135 species of plants in the garden outside of his villa studio, creating a beautiful oasis.   “This garden is a momentous task, to which I give myself entirely. It will take my last years from me and I will fall, exhausted, under its branches, after having given it all my love.” Jacques Majorelle The garden was opened to the public in 1947.  Unfortunately,…

  • Morocco,  Travel

    Marrakech, Morocco

    We stayed in Marrakech for the first several days during my trip.  One of the first things I noticed was the driving – the roads are pure chaos!  Yet, it is an organized chaos.  In traffic circles, no one is following the lanes.  The road is shared by trucks, cars, motorbikes, sometimes even mules.  I don’t know how they all share the road without crashing, but it somehow just works!  The contrast of coexisting extremes also surprised me.  I saw motorbikes with several people piled on sharing the road with expensive sports cars.  That’s not something that I see every day! La ville en rose We all know Edith Piaf’s song “La…