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Not Your Average Jane is a blog set up to give you ideas on not your average places to see, things to do, drink and eat all over the world. 

GARDENS OF MARRAKECH

GARDENS OF MARRAKECH

We stumbled upon Le Jardin Secret late one afternoon. The grounds of the original palace dating back to the end of the sixteenth century, fell into a state of disrepair and it was only in 2008 that restoration on the building complex started and opened to the public in 2016. Following the winding waterways along the paths,through the exotic garden and then into the Islamic garden, the tranquil surroundings were a welcome retreat from the hectic pace of the medina. We must have timed our visit well as there were very few people milling around the gardens, which meant we could fully enjoy them, relaxing with a refreshing Virgin Mojito at Cafe Sahrij, although the service was very laid back (slow)! The larger of the two gardens is a sacred place, laid out according to strict Muslim geometric rules, a way for religion to assert itself over the natural disorder of nature. We stayed until it closed, which meant we caught the beautiful light slowly fading away, the gardens appearing quite heavenly. We decided not to pay the extra money to go up the tower as we had seen lots of beautiful views over the city from out Riad and restaurants we had eaten in already. I would definitely recommend this oasis of peace, although small, it is lovely to sit and relax for an hour or so.

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Following the winding waterways along the paths,through the exotic garden and then into the Islamic garden, the tranquil surroundings were a welcome retreat from the hectic pace of the medina. We must have timed our visit well as there were very few people milling around the gardens, which meant we could fully enjoy them, relaxing with a refreshing Virgin Mojito at Cafe Sahrij, although the service was very laid back (slow)! The larger of the two gardens is a sacred place, laid out according to strict Muslim geometric rules, a way for religion to assert itself over the natural disorder of nature. We stayed until it closed, which meant we caught the beautiful light slowly fading away, the gardens appearing quite heavenly. We decided not to pay the extra money to go up the tower as we had seen lots of beautiful views over the city from out Riad and restaurants we had eaten in already. I would definitely recommend this oasis of peace, although small, it is lovely to sit and relax for an hour or so.

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The next day we headed over to Jardin Majorelle, created by landscape painter Jaques Majorelle over a period of 40 years. Some 18 years after Majorelle’s death in 1980, it was bought by Ives Saint-Laurent and his partner, in order to preserve the vision of its original owner. The hundreds of plant species from many different continents make for a beautiful mirage of colour on the outskirts of the sandy city. Against an impressive backdrop of exotic plants, we walked down the shaded narrow paths, where at the end the Art Deco primary coloured house was
revealed. The painted cobalt blue house and fountain, against the green tones of the foliage makes for an unusually special colour-way; a very photogenic image. I have to say that we preferred Le Jardin Secret, purely for the fact that it was much quieter, making for a more pleasant wander around. Although Le Jardin Majorelle is not to be missed, as it is unlike any other botanical garden I have ever seen with its bold colour choices.

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The hundreds of plant species from many different continents make for a beautiful mirage of colour on the outskirts of the sandy city. Against an impressive backdrop of exotic plants, we walked down the shaded narrow paths, where at the end the Art Deco primary coloured house was
revealed. The painted cobalt blue house and fountain, against the green tones of the foliage makes for an unusually special colour-way; a very photogenic image. I have to say that we preferred Le Jardin Secret, purely for the fact that it was much quieter, making for a more pleasant wander around. Although Le Jardin Majorelle is not to be missed, as it is unlike any other botanical garden I have ever seen with its bold colour choices.

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The painted cobalt blue house and fountain, against the green tones of the foliage makes for an unusually special colour-way; a very photogenic image. I have to say that we preferred Le Jardin Secret, purely for the fact that it was much quieter, making for a more pleasant wander around. Although Le Jardin Majorelle is not to be missed, as it is unlike any other botanical garden I have ever seen with its bold colour choices.

ESCAPING MARRAKECH FOR THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

ESCAPING MARRAKECH FOR THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

PALACES OF MARRAKECH

PALACES OF MARRAKECH