Magical Morocco 2011
May 6th – 16th, 2011

Sunday, May 15th, Marrakech

This was a day of leisure and with the hotel we were staying in, there was plenty to do around the pool if you didn’t want to go any where. I chose to go over to La Mamounia and check a room out as well as the gardens…good thing I did as I plan on including lunch here with a visit to the gardens on our 2012 tour. Not to be missed. This hotel is literally a ten minute walk from our Sofitel in Marrakech. Just perfect. The gardens are enchanting and I was very surprised to see just how big they are and what they have in them. The perfect setting with ancient olive trees, vegetables growing for the restaurants, roses, cacti and more. Just inside the medina and when you are in the gardens you do not hear a sound except for the birds.

At 8 p.m we leave for dinner at the beautiful restaurant Dar-Yacout in the heart of the Medina with lovely views over the rooftops of Marrakech. The dinner includes all drinks .The restaurant is owned by the Honorary British Consul in Marrakech, Mohammad Zkhiri, an urbane Moroccan who has lived all over the world. Bill Willis was the designer of Al-Yacout and has designed two houses for Yves Saint Laurent as well as many others.

The Yacout is a landmark of Marrakech. It was amongst the first created around twenty years ago in the medina by Mohamed Zkhiri, who presides over the destiny of this sumptuous venue. The décor is enchanting with its private rooms and breath-taking panoramic view from the terrace overlooking the medina and the Koutoubia mosque of Marrakech. Highly traditional Morroccan gastronomic cuisine with a menu incorporating an amazing succession of flavours, and service that lives up to anyone's standards.

The black and white table has inlaid mother of pearl detail, exquisite. All the little dishes are various salads, then The signature chicken with preserved lemon and olives, then lamb and finally my very favourite desert, a custard made with orange water layered between thin sheets of pastry and drizzled with a sweet topping along with orange slices and fresh cinnamon to sprinkle over. The fresh oranges in Morocco are out of this world!

An Absolute Must as a dining experience and a wonderful end to our journey.

There we are, the perfect ending to this tour and wow, did we see a lot and experience a lot. So many memories to take home with us. Hope you can come along with me on the 2012 tour. En challah…..



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