morocco // 3 riads, 2 cities, 1 weekend

Since our first trip to Morocco just before Christmas 2013, I had been itching to return. Our tour of Marrakech and our roadtrip out to the Sahara sparked something… and that something was a real need to properly shop the souks.  Because we had flown EasyJet the first time around, there was no possible way anything we would have bought was going to make it back with us — namely because their €60 baggage fee wasn’t in the cards, due to both budget and PRINCIPLES. Fast forward to earlier this year, when an invitation to crash a girls’ weekend popped up. If you’ve been around for awhile, you probably remember the wino’s closest friend from…

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morocco | from the mountains to the dunes

Exploring Marrakech may have been the real reason for our pre-Christmas celebration in Morocco, but with almost a full week, there was no way we were skipping the Sahara. Sandwiched in between our two nights at the Le Merdien N’Fis and our final night at the Riad Monceau, the hubs and I booked a private tour to see what else Morocco has to offer. After a bit of preliminary research, we ruled out doing any of the 2-day, 1-night excursions, even though it would have given us more time in Marrakech. My end game here was to be atop a camel in the dunes of the Sahara — I didn’t need to stand in some sand…

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mayhem! madness! marrakech!

Back when the hubs and I realized that going home for the holidays wasn’t in the cards, I developed a coping mechanism: I’d close my eyes and picture us strolling through European Christmas markets, vin chaud in hand. There was snow, there was merriment. Wherever we spent our holiday season, it would be joyful and by GOD, it would be Dickensian. So, we went to Marrakech! Cha, I know. But Morocco has been at the top of our list for such a long time, and though I had never equated it with a winter escape, something about turning this whole thing on its head and going in December, just before Christmas, felt right. And also,…

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