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The blue of Majorelle

My winter getaway in Marrakech end of January seems so long ago. I have been wondering whether I should share more Marrakech travel stories during this pandemic as most of us try to stay safe and healthy during this ordeal. Then I become aware that I started this blog as a journal. Therefore I have decided to keep sharing my stories and thoughts, even when they are not pandemic related. I am doing this not because I am ignorant or tone deaf of the current suffering and gloom hanging over us right now but it is my way of reminiscing how life was before COVID-19.

One of the tourist attractions in Marrakech is Majorelle garden. Once it was built by French painter Jacques Majorelle in 1922. The characteristically intense, ultramarine blue colour used in this garden is named after its first owner, Majorelle.

Majorelle garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

There was a plan to destroy the garden and replacing it with a new hotel complex at that time. In 1980 French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé purchased this property, saving it from the destruction. Saint Laurent and Bergé renamed the blue art deco style villa, originally called Villa Bou Saf Saf as Villa Oasis. They restored it in honor of the ideas of monsieur Majorelle.

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

Next to the blue villa there is a mini Berber museum filled with YSL and Bergé collection of Berber culture. It is open for visitors with surcharge but there is no photograph allowed. I entered this mini museum and was charmed by it.

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

One of the favourite spots among the visitors. You need to queue in order to make a shot.

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

Look at how well the local craft is integrated in the villa. Stunning isn’t it?

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

Also one of the favourite spots to pose, perhaps for the Insta or only for one’s own documentation.

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

In this garden visitors enjoy various species of plants from 5 continents, including cactus, bamboo and of course the oranges.

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

Oranges everywhere!

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

There are a fountain, a long pool and a water lily pond.

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

The long pool, framed by palm and bamboo trees. Be patient to wait for your turn taking pic from this point as the queue is long.

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

The water lily pool with a cozy gazebo.

Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
Majorelle Garden, Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

Visiting this garden I purchased the ticket online a couple of weeks ahead. That was an arrangement for visiting the garden, the Berber museum next to the blue villa and YSL museum 100 meter from the garden.

YSL Museum Marrakech

The entry

YSL Museum Marrakech

At the YSL museum there are the collection of his haute couture collections (yes, the Mondriaan mini dress and the world-famous ladies black Tux are on display) and some YSL drawings, pics and collages. It is forbidden to take pictures of the haute couture collections but it is more than worth it visiting.

YSL Museum Marrakech
YSL Museum Marrakech
YSL Museum Marrakech

3 thoughts on “The blue of Majorelle

  1. Love the intricate details of the architecture 😍. I don’t mind seeing more journal-like content like this, we’ve been inundated with too much information about the current situation so it’s always nice to escape for a while.

    • Yes, information stream COVID-19 related is 24/7 that is why I have decided to maintain this blog as its origin function for me : a journal. More travel stories are coming Dix, beware! 🙂

  2. Pingback: A secret garden | Chez Lorraine

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