October 30, 2012

In Marrakech you occasionally see the odd locust.  It's usually munching on some remote vegetation.  We have not known huge plagues to come to Marrakech.  But for the Moroccan nation locusts are a bit of an issue.  Morocco is an agricultural nation and has huge expanse...

October 26, 2012


October 26 2012 marks Eid Al-Adha right across the Muslim world (although lunar visibility can make small modifications of the exact start time in different countries).  Here in Morocco the event is officially a four day holiday although many independent vendors will...

October 24, 2012

We have been busy ensuring the Riad is ready.  Last weekend Riad Al-Bushra received the first visitors to the Riad.  The preparations were fairly intense and time was a real enemy with five people all working hard on the very final day ensuring everything was clean and...

October 12, 2012

8 days and not the most interesting of days.  Today we tested some of the kitchen equipment and used the oven for the first time.  The kitchen is definitely the heart of the Moroccan home.  They tend to be proportionally smaller than in England as most of the food stoc...

October 11, 2012

Today, with 9 days until we open, we have been installing the last set of hand made lights into our Ahmar suite.  The image below is of the smaller of three brass lights in the suite.


Morocco is well known for its lighting.  Large and small la...

October 10, 2012

With ten days to go until we open we are also working on the soft furnishings for the Riad.


Marrakech has a wealth of fabrics available in the Souks of the Medina and in the shops of Gueliz.  Fabric is important in Morocco both for soft furnishings and for clothing...

October 9, 2012

With only 11 days to go until we open we are tidying up the finishing of the fine hand carved plasterwork that has been recreated by local artisans.  Marrakech lies at the architectural crossroads where the northern Morocco Andalusian style meets the more casual sout...

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