Happy New Year!
Morocco had been on my list of places to visit for a long time, and I finally had the chance to make the trip over the holiday. It. Was. Everything.
The colors, smells, shouts of people in the street coupled with quiet courtyard oases in Marrakech;
The fresh, serene, contemplative feeling of the Atlas Mountains;
The golden ripples of the sand dunes in the Sahara Desert;
The medieval intrigue of Fes,
and the salty air of Casablanca all contributed to one of the most amazing trips of my lifetime.
These photos are from French painter Jacques Majorelle's garden in Marrakech, formerly owned by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge. Though Majorelle (1886-1962) was a painter, his most well-known work of art is his garden, which he created during a time of convalescence in Marrakech.
One of my most anticipated aspects of visiting Marrakech, Majorelle's Garden did not rival the sensory overload of the Djemaa El-Fna souks or the winding streets of the medina. Still, the relatively quiet oasis, beautiful colors, and thousands of exotic plants made the garden a welcome retreat along the journey.
The exact shade of blue used in the garden is named after Majorelle, but is a common hue found in Berber accessories and tiles. Luckily, I was able to bring home a can of official Majorelle Blue paint, so I can recreate a bit of Marrakech in Brooklyn.
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Photos by William Sealy; Majorelle painting: dnliving.com