Honeymooning in Moroccan Landscapes

The day after our wedding we headed off on an early morning flight to Marrakesh for 12 days of honeymooning. 

Morocco is a stunning country with awe-inducing landscapes, delicious food and beautiful people.

We spent a few days in Marrakesh to start with mostly eating, drinking mint tea and lounging around on roof terraces. Then we headed off for a 5-day driving tour of the high atlas region. We're not big fans of planned tours and it probably isn't something we would have done if it wasn't our honeymoon as elements of it were a bit constricting and we couldn't just take things at our own pace.  But to fair after months of wedding planning, neither of us was really up for planning the whole trip and figuring out how to get from a-b each day, researching hotels etc. So we went with a tour and thankfully our driver/tour guide was really relaxed and not too pushy like a lot of the tour guides we saw along the way! 

After the tour, we were dropped off at Riad Bouassala, a hotel near Essaouira that we had just found this place on trip advisor the day before we left Marrakesh and it looked great from the reviews so we booked it. When we got wifi halfway through our tour we realised that the booking website had made a mistake and we weren't properly booked! Thankfully when we turned up on the day the lovely people at Riad Bouassala had upgraded us and put us in their beautiful blue and white private cottage. Bouassala was the perfect place to relax and we were lucky enough to have amazing weather and spent the majority of our time there sunbathing by the pool. The staff are so friendly and they serve some pretty delicious food for breakfast and dinner.

Finally, we headed back to Marrakesh for two nights before heading back to London. 

TLDR: We had an amazing honeymoon, Morocco is ridiculously beautiful and here are some photos of the crazy landscapes.

If you're heading to Morocco soon then head to the bottom of this post for places to stay, eat and visit and some further reading.

Where to eat in Marrakesh

Le Jardin - Get the chicken pastilla it is insane. 

Café des Éspices - For lunch, snacks and tea/coffee

Terrasse des Éspices - For cocktails at sunset with views across the medina and posh/romantic dinner

Hammam

Le Bain Bleu Just a really great hammam and massage not cheap but worth it (minus the fake rose petals which gave me the creeps)

Top tips 

If like me, you hate the idea of the crowded souks and haggling to buy bits of cheap tat, visit the souks first thing in the morning at like 8 am, there are hardly tourists, the traders are just setting up and they haven't got into the full swing of trying to swindle tourists into buying cheap crockery! Plus the light is perfect for taking to photos (I forgot my camera the morning I did this and I'm still kicking myself).

When you arrive at the airport take out cash and find somewhere to get some small change or small notes from. It's likely that your hotel will send an airport transfer for you but if you're staying in the medina this transfer will leave you at the gates of the medina as cars can't go into the medina. The driver will call a man with a cart over who will walk you and your luggage to your hotel. There is no agreed price for this service though so its worth having a small bill so you don't get completely ripped off (like we did *insert facepalm emoji here*).

Hotels

We stayed in a number of hotels and riads over our tour and in Marrakesh and they were all pretty great my favourites were.

Riad Dar Mouassine, Marrakesh - In the medina set back away from the hustle down a dark tiny street but once inside it is really beautiful. Staff don't speak great English but were really lovely and helped when we needed it. We quite like to be left to do our own thing so the language didn't bother us. The room we were in was quite dark but there's a lovely a roof terrace and the hotel was generally really quiet so feels very private

Kasbah Azul, AgdzOur favourite night of the tour was spent here the staff are really wonderful and the kasbah is really beautifully decorated with lush gardens surrounding and a lovely swimming pool. Dinner was delicious and served outside by the pool by candlelight. We could've stayed there a few extra nights and spent some time discovering the area but sadly we only had one short evening before heading off to drive to Essaouira.

Riad Baoussala, 5km from Essaouira Perfect place to spend a few days relaxing by the pool and a good distance from Essaouira to take an easy going day trip to the town. Generally has a lovely arty relaxed feel to it and staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. The only thing we found was that in parts the decor was a little too 'eclectic' for our tastes but nothing too bad.

Further Reading

Emma from Field and Nest has written 2 great posts about her time in Marrakech

Field and Nest - Marrakech Exploring the Souks

Filed and Nest - Marrakech 24 hours in the desert

Field and Nest - The Slower Side of Marrakech

Suitcase magazine have a fantastic guide to all things cool, hipster and arty in Marrakech (yes Marrakech has a thriving hipster scene, I know it's problematic but hipsters make great choices about food and bars)

And here I put some pins on a google maps list of Our fave Marrakech spots - I suggest if you're going to Marrakech download the city map on google maps and pin the places you want to visit and your hotel so you don't get lost. Scratch that, Marrakech is a maze, you will get lost!

Go Wildly & Slow: August Giveaway

Ok, so July disappeared without me having even the slightest chance to sort out my giveaway. That mixed with the fact this special product came from France and took some time to land on my doorstep so I could faff around taking pretty pictures!

But I'm happy to let you all know that the wonderful Danielle from The Nomad Society has given me this brilliant Last Light candle for one lucky Instagrammer this month.

This candle smells subtly sweet and entirely delicious. The perfect scent for an evening bath to relax after a day of walking in the wild. 

The Nomad Society

All of The Nomad Society's soy wax candles are hand poured in small batched is France. And the soy wax comes from 100% sustainable sources! Gota Love a good sustainable producer. Danielle also makes home fragrances.

I love The Nomad Society's story, it's simple but enticing it says that they are "The destination for those who roam" and describes their candles as "talismans from days spent in the water and nights under the stars." 

Doesn't that just make you want to surround yourself with their candles?

I feel like The Nomad Society fits perfectly with the theme of Go Wildly & Slow, the scents and spirit of Danielle's candles are all about the desire to get out and travel but with full knowledge that sometimes the best adventures happen slowly.

It's about embracing a nomadic lifestyle.

These are candles for the roamers and wanderers.

The people who find home in their surroundings wherever that might be.

The Nomad Society

I hope you'll get involved in this month's giveaway.

To get involved all you have to do is tag your adventures on Instagram with #gowildlyandslow and make sure you're following me and @the_nomad_society.

If you need some inspiration check out the Go Wildly & Slow page here or on Instagram

I can't wait to see the wonderful adventures you'll be going out and capturing throughout August.

Go Wildly & Slow: June Winner

Go Wildly & Slow: June Winner

I had the loveliest time looking through the Go Wildly & Slow feed all through June and seeing all the lovely posts people have been sharing (take a scroll through yourself). There have been so many days out in the sun and trips to the seaside. So many seaside trips! I've been watching mostly from my flat in South East London both delighted and a little jealous.

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Go Wildly & Slow: June Giveaway

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refined bohemia giveaway
refined bohemia giveaway

I started the #GoWildlyAndSlow tag a few months ago as a way to document my adventures, travels and walks in the outdoors. I've loved having this theme to help give me a focus for my photography and make space for documenting the time I spend outdoors. It started as a small personal project that came from a desire to explore the idea of slower, thoughtful adventures.

Then much to my excitement the # got picked up by Sara Tasker and she featured it in her monthly hashtag newsletter. It has since become a really beautiful and inspiring pocket of the Instagram community. It's so wonderful to see people pick up the idea of capturing their slow adventures. Its so lovely to see that other people got joy from capturing and exploring the slower side of wild adventures.

If you spend time looking through Instagram # feeds you'll see that most outdoor photography on Instagram is all about the extreme and magnificent. It's always beautiful but also pretty unachievable in your everyday life. I felt like there wasn't much space for the slower paced, smaller more achievable outdoor adventures. The everyday walks in the park, the slow wanders in the forest. I wanted to capture those moments and I feel like #gowildlyandslow has become a place for people to showcase their slow wilderness adventures. Now I spend time scrolling through the #gowildlyandslow feed looking at the beautiful things people have encountered along their walks and in their everyday and I love it. All the beautiful moments people share with their little ones, amazing scenery from all over the world, and of course so many flowers. It's such a joy to see people exploring and adventuring in a very mindful, simple, everyday way. 

(Details on how to get involved at the end of the post)
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As the tag has been growing I've been thinking it would be lovely to create a way to celebrate this little corner of community that has emerged. So, I thought it would be really lovely to collaborate with people making products and brands that fit together with the story behind Go Wildly & Slow. 

A few weeks ago over on Instagram, I announced the first of what will hopefully be a fairly regular giveaway project. Together with Jessi from Refined Bohemia I am giving away a beautiful Afternoon Light necklace to my favourite Go Wildly & Slow photographer from June.

I'm sure it will be super hard to find a winner but I'll definitely enjoy going through all the photos and getting a peek into people's slow adventures 

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go wildly and slow giveaway

Refined Bohemia

Based in Germany, Jessi hand makes a delightful range of jewellery for Refined Bohemia. Her pieces are all inspired by her love of the outdoors and the world around her. Past collections have been inspired by the seaside, the journey of the lone wanderer or the places we call home. She takes her lead from nature and the wilderness to make beautiful delicate pieces of jewellery.

It is such a joy to scroll through her website. It is also so very perfect for Go Wildly & Slow. 

Each piece comes thoughtfully packaged with hand stamped tags and postcards of Jessi's own photography. Each item, made with love, feels like a gift to receive and makes wearing it even more special. 

Personally, I don't wear loads of jewellery so I appreciate how simple and understated a lot of her work is. I've been wearing my Afternoon Light necklace pretty much nonstop since I got it and I'm now seriously considering getting some for my wedding jewellery as she has a great bridal range too.

Collaborating with Jessi for the first #gowildlandslow giveaway felt like a lovely match and I'm so exciting to share her work with you and send the lovely Afternoon Light necklace to my favourite post from June.

refined bohemia giveaway

Giveaway Details

If you'd like to get involved in the giveaway you still have 2 weeks. All you need to do is tag your slow outdoor adventure posts on Instagram with #gowildlyandslow and make sure you're following me and @refinedbohemia.

If you need some inspiration check out the Go Wildly & Slow page here or on Instagram

I'm really looking forward to seeing all your posts, Good luck! 

Go Wildly & Slow February: Self-care as an act of resistance

I can't believe it's the 16th of February! I've been super busy and got struck down with a cold twice in the last few weeks. Pretty much the whole month of February has passed me by!

But, better late than never I'm thinking about my focus for going a little slower this month. It has of course been a pretty hectic month already. I'm three months into a new job, working in a new area of London and I'm spending way more time on the tube than I would wish on my worst enemy.

As a result, my self-care routine is pretty non-existant. Gone are the days when I would make my own homemade moisturiser and hair conditioner. 

I'm thinking this month (or 2 weeks really) as the weather is not looking likely to brighten up anytime soon I will brighten myself up with some self-care. 

One of the girls I follow on Instagram said "self-care is warfare. Showing yourself love is an act of resistance".

I think that rings so true in this day and age when everywhere we look we're being told we're not enough.

Especially at this time of year, when all the ridiculous beach body adverts start popping up. Have you seen the "can you keep up with the Kardashians?" advert yet? It gives me an instant cluster headache every time I see it. Who even thinks of these horrendous ad campaigns? 

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If like me you're feeling the end of winter blues and life has taken a bit of turn for the hectic here are a couple of things to try to help slow down over the next few weeks.

Go Slow

  1. Have early nights - This is obvious! But I always watch just one more episode on Netflix or scroll endlessly on Insta.
  2. Charge my phone downstairs! - I've been trying to make this a habit for a lifetime but I really want to kick the terrible habit of sleeping with my phone by my bed.
  3. Wake up early (break up with the snooze button)- There's a theme here but basically good quality sleep is lacking in my life right now and I need it back.
  4. Dance around the kitchen to a favourite song - Because nobody does this enough
  5. Paint your nails - I haven't done this for so long and I forgot how much I enjoy it. But if that's not your thing do one thing that is just for you, that makes you happy.

I think self-care is really important especially in this crazy time that we live in. Personally, I feel physically exhausted by all the heinous things going on in our world. I feel it is more necessary now to first look after myself, to ensure I am strong and healthy in mind, body and spirit in order to wake up every day and face the world.

In our times to practice self-love is an act of resistance and defiance.

As usual, I'm sharing Go Wildly & Slow moments over on Instagram with #gowildlyandslow. Join me by tagging your shots, I love seeing all your snaps.

N x