Rug shopping in Marrakech is such an exotic, colorful, and artful experience. It runs the gamut from fabulously ornate shops, such as the newly-opened ZL Gallerie, to shops in the souks so tiny you literally cannot move your arms, to a gorgeous packed-full family riad, to at-home at Maison 28 for a private showing.
During the 8-day Magical Morocco Girl Trip, my co-host and travel adventurer amie, Sandra Barron of Sandra Barron Interiors, and our oh-so-eager shoppers spent untold hours shopping for everything. From early in the morning ’til late at night, these girls went non-stop. Ultimately, rugs and textiles were the number one items on everyone’s wish list.
Moroccan cuisine is so fresh, healthy, and flavorful, and always Instagram-gorgeous served in stunning hand-crafted pottery. However, I have never visualized myself actually preparing it. My amazing interior designer and travel friend Sandra Barron, of Sandra Barron Interiors, and I planned our Magical Morocco Girl Trip in February to include a half day cooking class with Amanda at Ourika Organic Kitchen & Jereca Farm near Marrakech.
Sandra and I had traveled to Morocco twice on painting adventures at Peacock Pavilions with Melanie Royals of Royal Design Studio and Maison 28 Marrakech. It was Melanie who suggested that our group of seven ladies include Amanda’s class. And it surpassed all of our expectations!
I don’t know exactly what I expected at the venue on this 70-degree not-a-cloud-in-the-sky day. I do know that a clear-blue pool, a contented sleeping doggie, and huge, inviting pool lounges were not in my mind’s eye.
The large 4-bedroom bed and breakfast home is nestled among olive trees and an organic farm, and our cooking class was held on chef and host Amanda’s cool terrace by the pool.
Tenting in the Moroccan desert near Marrakech has been on my bucket list for years. I have visited Morocco twice in the past, and I finally got to fulfill my wish in February, yes, blissfully unaware of the coming pandemic. My dear interior designer friend and co-traveler Sandra Barron, of Sandra Barron Interiors, and I arranged our Magical Morocco Girl Trip adventure for February 8 through 16 to enjoy all that Marrakech could offer our intrepid group of seven women – fabulous lush accommodations at Maison28 Marrakech, fine local food, exclusive shopping, and most of all, the wonderful, warm Moroccan people.