Incredible Marrakech

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Finally, for the very first time we set our foot on the African continent, more precisely on Northen Africa, Marrakech. It is the fourth largest city of the Kingdom in Marocco. The word Marrakech it self taken from the Berber words “amur (n) akush” which mean “Land of God”.

No wonder why they named it like that, the beauty of surrounding landscape begins with snow-capped Atlas mountains, the “Red Walls” of the city, the busiest square in around Africa Jemaa el-Fnaa, the famous Souks, Koutoubia Mosque, beautiful Gardens, Magnificent Historical Architectures of Ben Youssef madrasa, Palaces, and Riads.

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Majorelle garden

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When we stepped in into this magical Souk, our eyes were distracted by so many beautiful and exotic such as carpets, lamps, leather poufs, spices, and other colourful things . Without realising it, we were drifted through the magic Labyrinth inside the souk, and suddenly appeared in the middle of it. Which there, we had the best grilled lamb which cooked traditionally inside the underground stove, they served it with a slice of bread, tomato, olives, and a pinch of caraway seed.

We don’t need a proper map to discover the souk, just enjoy the lost in this magical Labyrinth, although we still need to be careful for the swindlers which hanging around, whose offering a way out, but with asking a lots of money in return. But, again what is a Souk without a bargain and a little bit of adventure.

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Souk

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At the time we decided to visit Marrakech, the first thing on my head, was i need to find a perfect Riad. Because, what is a visit to Marrakech without staying in Riad. Riad is a type of traditional Moroccan house or Palace with an interior garden. Riads were the stately city homes of the wealthiest citizens. But now they often open it as a guest house which offer more private and exclusive accommodation rather than hotels.

What is unique about staying in Riad, is not only because of their beautiful architecture and design, but also since it’s placed mostly in a common neighbourhood which you have to go through a small alley first to find their secret door. And when you’ve found that small door, first, you’ll have a sceptic thinking, but when that small door open wide and you see through it, your eyes will be amazed by the beauty of the surrounding view of the details from their architecture and design, it felt like you’re entering a fairy tail life story. And to choose one from many of beautiful Riads, it was the hardest part, since i cannot decided only one, i want to stay in all these beautiful Riads. So at the end, we decided to stay in two different Riads for this time of visit. And these two Riads, are one of our Favourites.

Click on the pic that you like, it will direct you to our Favourite riad website.

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Riad Chocolate
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25hours Hotel, Hamburg

Placed in the central of HafenCity district near to the famous Elbe River. Surrounded by Boats, Ships, Shipping Containers, Anchors and the witty Stories from the Sailors, not only as a real backdrop but every part of each also as the main Inspirations for this hotel.

While you stroll around the neighbour, your eyes will be spoiled with all the Authentic Historical Port scenes and buildings combined with modern infrastructures which making our Exploration more pleasant.

Crossing the river with the Ship for the enchant Famous Musical Theater in the evening or tracing the Elbe Tunnel placed 24M beneath the surface under the Elbe River, which connected Central Hamburg from the Port to the south side of the Elbe River or enjoying the breathtaking panoramic view of the City and the Harbour from the top of Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall should be a great option to explore the district.

After all the fun, before heading back to the Cabin, ask the receptionist for the Sauna’s bag, contained within all the needs for enjoying the cozy and lofty Sauna’s room in the top of the Building. And after that relaxing moment, when your belly is craving for good meals, just go to the ground-floor to The Heimat Kitchen+Bar where serves daily fresh and tasty foods and beverages.

Ahoy…Greetings from 25hours Hotel HafenCity Hamburg.

 

 

 

 

Liege, Belgium

One from other fascinating benefits live in Europe, is that we can go to other different Countries easily. Even to do the Country hopp-ing in one day it’s still possible (superb, isn’t it..?). Supported by Ace alternative transportations to reach each destination, we are spoiled. With only 2 hours drive, we’ve reached Liege-Belgium, drove through Aachen-Germany and do a stop over at Maastricht-Netherland (which i will post about it too,..next).

This gorgeous City sits in the valley of the Meuse River, known for crowded Folks Festival, Nightlife, Eletro-rock and Jazz Festival. The Breath-taking (for me, literally) Stairway of The Montagne de Bueren, The Prince-Bishops Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and so many old and beautiful houses in the small and narrow steps which led us to the secrets Alley games (still wondering how the Postman deliver all those posts). But however, for me the most memorable sweet memories about Liege, off course those melted buttery Waffles.

The Hoxton – Paris

This is one of the new coolest design boutique hotel on the block, the hipster, the one that all the bloggers and style traveller talked about recently. Placed in the 2nd arrondissement in an elegant 18th century residence, close to Grands Boulevards, Le Louvre, Jardins des Tuileries and Le Marais which can be easily reach by walk. Each rooms are designed with unique quirky style with superb quality. Try to jump into those puffy bed and pillows, handmade using only the best and natural materials, you will sleep on the clouds. And their Toiletries, it smells fresh, using only gentle formulas, free Parabens and not tested on animals. The Rivié – Restaurant on the ground floor designed as cozy as your living room, comfy chairs, relaxed ambient and the Big Bar in the middle of the room with friendly staffs who can make the best Cocktails for waking up your soul. And if you want to make it a little bit private, i’ll tell you a little secret, go through the door behind the reception desk, climb up to the second floor using that vintage woody circular staircase as your time machine, and you will jump into the time of the French classic 20’s style private bar, and let your self lost in time with those tasty Cocktails. And not to forget about the sweet “morning” surprise, packed on a small paper bag hanged in front of your door. Enjoy your stay at The Hoxton,….Bonjour de Paris.

Sevilla, Spain

No wonder it’s called as Spain’s most photogenic city. It’s one of “must-visit” cities on our list. The city is surrounded by Historical Landmarks, from the famous Saint Mary of the See Cathedral, the magnificent Alćazar, Plaza de España, and with all those old buildings which made with beautiful details and various shades of colours lined the streets. And one of the most important things on our travel list is the foods, there you will be amazed by (not to mention) the affordable price of delicious traditional Spanish meals, well there are no good holidays without good foods, good people, good weather, and good ambient, and Seville got it all in a package.