French Pressed Coffee in Morocco
Copyright 2022 by Cherylle Winacott
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coffee in the morning delivered to me tableside, and my server even
presses it down for me. Lord kill me now, I will die in blissful
coffee heaven. Just thinking about this brings joy to my heart, I am
shallow that way. This was in Marrakech Morocco at our five-star
hotel, a delight I will not soon forget.
exhausting trip with chefs on a culinary learning journey is
over, but now it is time to share my thoughts and memories with any
that care to read about my amazing trip. These places are
and not in order from point A to point B. I awoke this morning
feeling so good and thought ah, to have some of that exquisite coffee
that was served to me in Marrakech would be divine right now.
is a thriving touristy city, the locals from Casablanca call it that.
Did you know it is also the most visited city in Africa? Hell, I
didn’t even know I was in Africa, but I am truly
geographically challenged and that is one of my few faults, okay so
maybe I have more than a few. Although our guide Rachid said the main
export is phosphates, it may be fair to say ‘Hashish’
grown in the mountainous areas is also a thriving business. In the
end, tourism will probably outstrip everything.
superfluous for me to write about the hotel experience here, but the
coffee and breakfast buffet is the best I have ever experienced,
Israel was better, I was informed by my peers, how can that be I
wonder as I lose myself once again in memories of mmmm that coffee.
Poolside was also a treat, no plastic lounge chairs here. All
poolside furniture was covered in soft red padded foam,
square, big comfy throw pillows and cushions. They had huge
blanket towels, served poolside drinks with foodservice and
boys and, and, omg it was so lovely.
I want to live
here? It would be tempting if at the hotel maybe, but probably not.
Canada is near and dear to my heart. Marrakech is filled with tons of
history and charm, while snakes and belly dancers proliferate. The
charming part for me was the buildings here, they are only three
stories high, I am serious. This was such a treat because having
traveled a lot I have to say that almost every city I’ve been
to has the pre-requisite skyline of skyscrapers. These skyscrapers
all look the same to me they even had them in Columbia, where I
totally expected Juan Valdez to appear on a donkey riding down a
mountainside. Damn, I hate most skyscrapers, well there was that one
in Beijing called 'The Pants’.
here as well and that’s important for us gals, okay just
kidding. The pastel hues of orange and yellow and blues are mandated
and the exquisite tiles everywhere are a treasure. It is a crime to
chisel and steal these tiles, apparently a thriving underground
trade, who knew? Or maybe the tile thing was in Portugal, ah well I
am not a travel guide host, google it. I like this city better than
Casablanca but what both cities have in common is probably the worst
drivers of anywhere else in the whole world! Bar none. Well Peru does
part of Marrakech for me was the visit to the Yves St Laurent museum.
Yes, the famous fashion designer and his partner actually lived here.
It was the former Jardin Majorelle residence gone to seed that Yves
and his partner bought and then renovated and made the famous gardens
open to the public once again. His inspiration while living here was
also reflected in his fashion designs from that period. The museum
with its Berber art collection is also a cultural center as well, the
place now welcomes over 700,000 visitors a year. It was a gift to the
people there upon Yves and his partners death and it is kept up and
you know that
Yves St Laurent posed nude for a fashion magazine in 1971, neither
did I. He was also the first designer to bring designer women's
fashions to the masses. He brought us the pantsuit and the jumpsuit,
pea jackets, and the geometrically designed dresses with bold
colours. This I learned in the recently opened YSL museum theatre,
where they featured a 15-minute clip of his life. TWO BILLION people
once tuned in to watch a collection of his works during a half-time
world soccer tournament. Maybe the soccer game helped boost viewers?
found his story
fascinating and I just wanted to share it especially the nude photo
shoot, one year BEFORE Burt Reynolds ‘nude spread’ in
Cosmopolitan.. hmm good choice of words, eh? Morocco boasts approx.
36 million people living there with not quite a million living in
Marrakech. Canada only has 36 million people tops, living in the
second-largest country in the world. I learn so much on my travels,
range is also located here boasting the highest mountain peak in
Africa. Although a Muslim country with a king.. there is a 40% Berber
population here and they go way back in time, kind of like our
indigenous peoples back home. I got a taste of the mountains on my
journey to spend a night in the desert in tents on our way to
Casablanca. Another story for another time.
a will before
you go .. remember what I said about the drivers!
life all over again in my sixties, now into my seventies, the good
and bad and exciting! I have so many stories to share, life happens
to me everyday and it’s always an adventure. I don't have
to make stuff up, life happens to me. I also don't need to
write fiction, this is one amazing journey.
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