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what should we do in morocco?

I don’t think I’ve fully processed this yet, but we are, in fact, going to Morocco in May. We booked the flights and riads, so we have a basic travel itinerary in place. But what we haven’t figured out is what to do!

We fly into Tangier and immediately leave (I believe our itinerary says “GTFO of Tangier”) for Chefchaouen, a small city known for its vibrant blue buildings. We’re staying three nights there so we can do some leisurely exploring.

Then we go to Fez for two nights. I will admit I mostly insisted on this city because of their leather goods–I really want to get my mitts on some poufs!

riad el fenn

image by Patrick Cline

The final leg of the trip is Marrakesh. We’re there four nights, split between two hotels. Ever since I designed a feature in Lonny on the El Fenn, I’ve wanted to stay there. It’s a splurge for us, so we’re making it work by going a bit cheap on other riads, which is not a difficult thing in Morocco!

One day in Marrakesh will definitely be dedicated to shopping in the souks and another to just lounging it up at the fancy riad. So that leaves a full day of doing proper tourist things.

So, if you’ve visited any of these cities, what is essential to see or do or eat?

travel: hudson river valley

hudson river

Last October we took a long weekend in Tarrytown, a town on the Hudson, and the setting of Sleepy Hollow. The area is straight out of a film–sweeping river views, colonial architecture, and a scary legend to go along with it. It was a perfect fall trip, and I’m a little bummed we won’t be able to go this year.

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travel: merida, mexico


For my husband’s birthday this year, we went to Merida, a historic colonial city 4 hours from Cancun. Merida’s been on our radar for almost a year. When we start to feel tired of the city–wanting more space, wanting to feel like we have an adult home and not this crappy apartment that we spend more on than most people do on their mortgages–we pretend it’d be easy to drop everything and buy a house in Merida, sight unseen. So to make that fantasy seem a bit more attainable, we visited.

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st. george bermuda
Bermuda definitely fits my sensibility.

I never know what to say about vacations though. Sitting on a beach with a beer in hand is certainly my idea of perfection. Cruising, however, is not. So I’ll do a little list instead.

We had an amazing dinner at Barracuda Grill. I’d rank it as one of the best of my life–but we were coming off of three days of cruise food, so maybe my assessment is overly generous.

The most interesting part of the trip was our 40 minute cab ride from Hamilton back to the ship dockyards. Our cabbie was so friendly, I found out all the particulars of living on the island, including the cost of health insurance! (The key, apparently, is to get off the island as much as possible. And shop in the States).

We had mused about renting scooters before the trip, but after surviving the bus system there, I am thankful we did not go that route. The roads are extremely windy, and all two-lane–dangerous conditions for riding a scooter on the opposite side of the road. Yikes!

All of the homes are candy-colored pastels. It’s beautiful. They dot the hills like Easter candy.

The water is the most exquisite shade of turquoise.

The Bermuda Perfumery in St. George is worth the 40 minute ferry just to see the inside of a Colonial home. Stunning, and I walked out with a little bottle of perfume for my birthday!

 I slept through two days on the ship while we cruised. I’ve always had trouble with motion sickness due to an inner ear problem, but oh my. The boat knocked me out. I still feel hung over from that part!

This is all to say, Bermuda is a lovely country and I’d love to fly there again some day. No boats!

baton rouge for the weekend

gone south
Cutting out a little early here for the weekend, with a 7 am flight to Baton Rouge for a family wedding. We definitely could use a break from the job search process!

This will be my first southern wedding and I am SO into it. Everything has been incredibly formal so far, down to the completely hand-calligraphed invitations, that I cannot wait to see this reception. Going to be gorrrrgeous.

{Images: Rifle Paper Co. / J.Crew / Southern Living}