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!
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?
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.
I’m finishing the marathon that is a Lonny launch, and then before the issue even hits the web on Sunday, I’m off to Bermuda! So while I won’t have a link here handy, please check out the June/July issue! I have no doubt you will recognize the spreads I designed (they are so damn cute).
Next week I have a few guest posters on the blog, so don’t forget to visit! Sarah from Note to Self, Roxy from My Cup of Te & Society Social, and Lauren from I Love You Much will pop in with their very brilliant posts. Quality stuff!
And how much do you love this tropical packing list from Kate Spade? It so puts me in the mood for this much-needed vacation!
Have a great week!
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.
We’re taking our first vacation since our ill-fated trip back to Indiana last summer, and we’re going to Bermuda, baby!
It’s been even longer since we took a laze-about trip, which was our honeymoon two years ago. I’m so ready to get a bunch of mags for the beach, load up my Kindle for the ship, and plant my butt down–with a fruity cocktail in my hand, of course. Day drinking outside: life’s greatest pleasure.
This cruise will actually be with my side of the family. The set-up is perfect though. Kirk and I can frolic around during the day, doing non-jaded spouse stuff, and then meet up with my family for the 8 o’clock dinner. We’ll be on Norwegian; they had the best itinerary for Bermuda, with almost three full days there.
Of course I plan on doing major beach time, but the island is supposed to have quite lovely shopping. I’m particularly excited about the Bermuda Perfumery. They make their own perfumes, and offer tours exploring the process. I would geek out over that.
Have you been to Bermuda? I know the island is very British in terms of propriety, so the dress is going to be pretty much the opposite of what I wore on our honeymoon in Palm Springs. Always love a shopping occasion!
As a complete aside, I changed my name this week finally. But I hit a few bumps along the way. I decided to take my maiden name as my middle name, but once I got to the desk (after waiting in line for 2 hours), I was told the New York DMV would give me issues for having my maiden as my middle. My judgment was clouded by the length of the line, so I relented and kept my original middle name. After some sleuthing around, it turns out if you get your social security card and passport first, before your driver’s license, that’ll satisfy whatever arcane requirements there are. So back to the social security office for me! Yeesh.