Metroscope May 2007 Newsletter

We have recently returned from our latest buying trip to Morocco. It’s always a delight to go to Morocco and it’s starting to feel like our second home after our fourth visit there.

We are excited about our new selection of Moroccan furniture and homewares and can’t wait for the container to be shipped back to Australia.

There are so many wonderful things to buy there and we think we have picked the  Taginesbest. We have some beautiful tea glasses and tea pots; a new range of cooking and serving tagines, platters and bowls; a whole new range of exquisite lanterns; and lots of new zellige (mosaic) and hand-painted tables – new colours, sizes and designs. We also brought back a small new selection of hand woven cushions, and some funky babouche (shoes/slippers). Come and check them out while they last!

Each time we visit Marrakech we try a new riad (traditional guesthouse) to share the interiors with you and to provide some recommendations to those of you who plan to visit.

 Marrakesh riad Marrakesh riadThis time we stayed at the beautiful Riad Samsara (www.riadsamsara.com) run by the charming Madame Jacqueline. This riad is located in the northern part of the medina. It’s reasonably priced and great value considering its high standard of beautiful traditional decor, peacefulness and cleanliness. We heartily recommend it. Madame Jacqueline also has a Berber house with rooms for rent near Imlil in the Atlas mountains which we intend to try on our next visit.

 Marrakech riad Making henna We also spent a few days at another riad, Dar Attajmil (www.darattajmil.com) which is also reasonably priced and located close to Djemaa El-Fna, the main square. Although less traditional, the hostess Lucrezia has brought her Italian flair to this riad. The staff are extremely friendly and Fatima the cook and masseur does great henna tattoos. We also recommend this riad.

You can eat well in Marrakech and we returned to our favourite restaurant, Kosybar. It’s expensive by Moroccan standards, but not by Australian ones, and the food and decor are really good.  Give the lamb dishes a go and my husband says the creme brulee is the best he’s ever tasted.

If you are planning to visit Morocco, we are happy to share places to visit and stay, and travel tips.

We’ll let you know when our container arrives, which is expected in August. Inshallah!