Our November Morocco trip, as always, was full of long days trekking through the souks, digging through dusty warehouses, and haggling over piles of goods for the container. With these few travel tips in mind, you can easily survive the pace of Marrakech. The respite from the chaos of working in Marrakech is staying in an elegant riad. These traditional Moroccan homes are built around a central courtyard, often with a burbling fountain and flowering plants.
We were lucky enough to stay in a beautiful, truly old riad called Dar el Qadi. Way back in 1996, on my mother's and my very first Moroccan buying trip we stayed here, and loved it, but for various reasons booked different places on subsequent trips, and lost track of the name. It was pre-internet - and somehow it just slipped through the cracks.
Detail of zellij tilework and hand carved jeps plasterwork in the tower
Rooftop terraces are a wonderful feature of traditional riads, and offer a sunny spot for beautiful Moroccan breakfasts of homemade bread and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Leading up to the rooftop terrace at Dar el Qadi
Zouaq doors to one of the bedrooms at Dar el Qadi
Central courtyard at Dar el Qadi
The inner courtyard pool, always strewn with roses
Our Store Manager Jules and our good friend Kim who came along from Handcrafted Tile - our favorite tile source in the Valley!
Poolside lounging with carved Indian sofas - we have one similar at TDL right now! - Thai tapestries, Indian chest and peacock mirror, and stunning zellij floors
Cutest resident camel at Kasbah Tamadot!
These zellij stairs with those striped curtains! Swoon!
Click here to shop our Morocco collection on the site - lots of goodies on there to explore - and lots more on the way when the next container comes in this spring!
This is Linda, Meg’s mom and sometimes fellow traveler and I just wanted to say yes, she will have to write the books! Her narratives are wonderful and her photography is unmatched! Meg can find the shot or create the shot like no other. She knows her stuff and how to navigate many countries and plan the best trips. Too bad there’s only one of her – she’s an author, importer, master trip planner, spearheads our graphic design and buys the most extraordinary things for the store. She could be a full time photographer, tour guide, buyer, merchandiser etc. but there’s only one of her and she does it all! That’s my girl!
Your book is going to be fabulous- beautifully written and filled with stunning photographs! Really I don’t if you’re going to write a book – but I hope you do!
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