I should really be at home, getting ready for my forthcoming exhibition in Stockholm, but when someone dangles a trip to Morocco in front of you it would be rude to say no, wouldn't it?
So here I am, soaking up the smells, sights and sounds of the souks of Marrakech. Thanks to the ubiquitous roof terraces I've even managed to enjoy some sunshine while sipping delicious, sugar-sweet fresh mint tea.
One place I have particularly enjoyed is Le Jardin Secret, the secret garden, which I discovered today. Tucked away behind a wall, just a step away from the craziness of the medina (the old town), it's a compact, tranquil oasis of fountains and manicured gardens laid out in Arab-Andalusian/Moroccan style. It only recently opened its doors to the public and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
The mosaic flooring - see above - will stay with me for a long time. The green and sand coloured layout of the gardens was perfect, and a real contrast to the much more vivid colours of Marrakech street life on the other side of the wall that you can no longer hear, only imagine.
I shall be sure to return to this place on my next visit to Marrakech, which I hope will be soon.