Morocco surprised me in every way!
I thought Moroco was all about camels, couscous and desert but I couldn't have been more wrong! Marrakech has countless parks and the buildings show intricate designs and powerful colors. I especially loved the beautiful doors and gates of the various buildings. People are very friendly and everyone speaks English!
Did you know that designer Yves Saint Laurent used to live in Marrakech? You can visit his incredible blue house surrounded by a lovely and colorful garden.
The souk was bustling but no one was pushy. The food was INCREDIBLE and very vegetarian friendly. We took a trip to the ocean to visit the city of Essaouira, which apparently used to be hippie-town where Jimmy Hendrix briefly lived.
We went on a sunrise hot air balloon ride (my first) and it was an incredible experience! Floating across the tree tops of olive trees and seeing the sun rise in the distance was absolutely breath taking.
We also took a day trip to the Atlas Mountains and I didn't not expect to see this many shades of green! No wonder Richard Branson chose this place to build one of his vacation residencies.
This trip is yet again evidence why traveling will expand your horizon and shatter any preset notions you have into pieces.