Arabian Nights and Moroccan Days
Combining the mystery and the exotic of Arabia with a strong flavour of Europe, Morocco is a visually stunning and exciting destination on our doorstep. Andrew Forbes experiences the imperial city of Marrakech.
A tantalisingly sweet aroma fills the room as Moummay carries in the large earthenware tajine of succulent, slow cooked lamb, enriched with fresh herbs, dried fruits, plump olives, sweet local honey and zesty lemon. His mother has been preparing lunch all morning.We’re seated on a narrow sofa that runs around the entire edge of the intimate rectangular room, a space rich in colour and detail, with the striking clash of patterned wall tiles, intricate seat cushion covers and the thick rugs and carpets covering the floor. This is an authentic Berber home, nestling in the foothills of the striking Atlas Mountains. We may be only a few hours from the majestic, imperial architecture of Marrakech, yet things are much more simple here…..