After filming the lead in my new film, Still Waters, which meant 12 hour days, 6 days a week in the century’s coldest ‘Spring’ in London, more than I desired, I required a hot sunny get away.
So I sat down and I booked a one way ticket to Morocco and I hoped for the best!
My first stop was surfing in Taghazout, a small village outside of Agadir where the waves were the ocean started to unravel the knots the London life had woven around me.
A week later I left and headed down south to the rural Berber villages of South Morocco where the desert meets the ocean. Before dinner at sunset I wandered down the beach and found breath taking red arches where I bid the day goodbye and welcomed the cool darkness of night, a break from the desert heat. Enshallah ("If God Wills" in Arabic.)
From the South I moved inland and north up to the ‘Paris of North Africa’ - Marrakech. Finally able to don my shorts and sandals (it was rude to the Berber people to show so much skin publicly) I hit the souks and the spice markets checking off my ‘must have’ list for cooking and crafts. The best find so far was the black cumin seeds, which you put in a small piece of cloth and sniff and it clears your sinuses and cures snoring! Best £5 I ever spent!
I’m writing this now from the rooftop of Riad Kitula, a beautiful understated and elegant private riad that is available to rent at the owner’s discretion (http://www.riadkitulamarrakech.com) and as my trip comes to an end, I can’t help but stroll through my calendar and wonder when I will have a few days to come back again.
Note: Margo is wearing looks from the Leon Max/Maxstudio Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. Shop Now
Written By: Margo Stilley