Tales from Marrakesh … because that’s where it all began.

Hers was the first blog I ever read. 

My Marrakesh pink door from August 2008 post

We’d been to Morocco briefly in 2007 and it was one of those places that gets under your skin.

My Marrakesh pink door August 2008 Maryam Montague

The sort of place you leave, wanting more.

 

So a few months later, back in Australia, I googled Marrakesh and stumbled across her doorstep … and into her world.

My Marrakesh pink door August 2008 Maryam Montague

I was entranced.

I remember writing to her at the time “Who are you? This person who has made me lose half a day trawling the internet?”  It was like being lost in the souks. You’d walk down one alley, then you’d spy something beautiful or challenging and head off down another…and another. One day you’d be in Marrakesh. The next Mali or Yemen or any other country where her work as a human rights activist took her. And meanwhile she was raising a young family and building a guesthouse in an olive grove on the outskirts of Marrakesh.

 

Our own visit to Morocco was life changing in its own way too.

We visited during a particularly ugly period of anti-Muslim sentiment in the Australian press. Visiting Morocco reminded us, and showed the kids, that people are people the world over …

 

Steve had one of the best moments of his life on a quiet beach at Oualadia.

Steve riding beside Darcy

Only he would stumble upon a stallion in full regalia and turn it into a scene from Lawrence of Arabia.

Steve riding stallion

Our 10 year old son, who spent the first 24 hours feeling completely out of his comfort zone, discovered that all it takes to break the ice and create new friendships is a rugby ball in an alley.

The owners and staff at our little riad cared for Maddy when she was sick and looked after us all, to the point that when we were sitting at the airport waiting to fly out, Maddy and Darce were both teary about leaving.

 

Like I said, it gets under your skin.

 

And don’t even get me started on the colours and the smells and the food and the architecture …

 

I’ve been designing this new site for weeks. I’ve been thinking about it for months.

I’m sooo excited to see it go live.

And I just really wanted you to be a part of the moment Maryam. It’s my way of saying thankyou because your blog, that blog, My Marrakesh is where it all began … four years ago when I stumbled across your doorstep.

It’s my benchmark.

I hope I do you proud.

 

And I hope you all like the new design. Thank you for following along so far.

And a final thankyou to Libby at  Crimson Pear who’s been fiddling with my back end whenever she’s had a moment in recent days ;)  Thanks lovely. You’ve been very gentle with me. I did warn you about the perfectionist gene didn’t I!  haha

Margaret xxxx

 

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    14 Comments

    1. Posted 5 September 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Well, so incredibly flattered really. Thank you. (And I think you’ve seen already, that this blogging business is life changing in so many ways.) I will look forward to visiting your pretty space online.

      • Marg
        Posted 5 September 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

        You’ll always be welcome Maryam. Thanks for popping by.

    2. Posted 5 September 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      A beautiful post to match a beautiful new design. I so look forward to going to Morocco – so intoxicating. Congratulations Margaret and well done Libby! Mel x

      • Marg
        Posted 5 September 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        Thankyou Mel. Do it, do it, do it !!

    3. Posted 5 September 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Love the new site design. It goes well with your fantastic photography and great writing. Look forward to seeing and reading more. You really capture the beauty of Marrakesh.

      • Marg
        Posted 5 September 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Ashley. I’d like to take credit for the pink door pics but those are Maryam’s. I asked her permission to use them for the post. They’re from one of my favourite little posts of hers in August 2008. Thanks for the kind words. x

    4. Janeen
      Posted 5 September 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Looks bloody brilliant Margie – congratulations! Libby may be able to fiddle with your back end but only I can suck your toes. xx

      • Marg
        Posted 5 September 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

        bahahaha hilarious. I’m lost for words on that one. What do I say? aahhh funneee. (in joke)

    5. Posted 5 September 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      Well it does look fabulous and I’m fairly certain I was aware of the perfectionist gene. I’m glad we got it over the line and thanks for the shout out.

      • Marg
        Posted 5 September 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

        You can fiddle with my back end any day Libby !

    6. Vic
      Posted 7 September 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

      I am sitting here perusing your site with tears streaming down my face. Marg it is beautiful. It is moving. It is really something special, and you should be very proud. Thank you to Maryam for inspiring you to inspire me. I’m off to grab some oysters, get under the doona and maybe stare at a star or two xx

      • Marg
        Posted 7 September 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

        awww Vic. Thank you x Happy tears I hope. Do it all. Do it now :)

    7. Posted 11 September 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      I’ve been wanting to go to Marrakesh for years and funny thing is I was inspired by that very same blog several years ago!! I just haven’t made it out there yet but hope to get there in a year or 2. Nice blog.

      • Marg
        Posted 11 September 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for swinging by Maria. I hope you’ll keep in touch.

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