DEAR DIARY / by freelance life style journalist Holly Byrne
I woke up at:
Sunrise, it was the coolest and the quietest time of the day in every city I visited. A calm before the chaos (and the summer heat) kicked off felt like such a treat.
My favourite breakfast spot was:
Any street vendor with fresh-from-the-oven Khobz, (Moroccan round bread).
I ate too many:
I enjoyed more vegetable tagines than I can count, but surely there’s no such thing as too many vegetables?! I did, however, completely over indulge in coffee – Nos Nos is the Moroccan caffeine staple and literally translates to ‘half, half’ so it’s half espresso, half milk.
I stayed at:
Riad Due in the Marrakech Medina, a small but stunning four-room boutique hotel with the most exquisite service I have ever experienced. And a rooftop to die for!
My Morocco pinch me moment was:
Wandering through the Yves Saint Laurent Museum and Jardin Majorelle. It’s been on my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember and it was so surreal to finally be there.
My favourite spot to visit is:
LRNCE Studio for the most incredible ceramics, textiles and art – I really needed a bigger suitcase… or Morocco’s picturesque ‘Blue City’ Chefchaouen
I wrote in my Travel Journal at:
Fes after feeling wildly inspired by the artisans who hand-craft Moroccan zellige tiles and mosaics. I’d mentally designed my dream bathroom while learning and watching how these beautiful tiles are made.
My favourite dinner spot was:
Nomad in the Marrakech Medina – the most delicious lamb!
I will always remember:
Watching the sunset over the Sahara Desert in Merzouga after a short camel ride through the dunes.
My Travel Journal came in handy for:
Keeping track of my expenses, especially for tracking any work-related costs that I’d need to claim later.
My number one travel hack is:
Paying a little bit more for flexible bookings is worth it. The less concrete your plans are, the more exciting your trip will be.
See the rest of Holly’s travels HERE and shop her Travel Journal HERE.