Majorelle Update

BY Lisa Lindblad

October 30, 2011

The sites of Marrakech can be seen in one morning.  While they tell a complex story that underpins much of what enchants travelers to this city – the architecture, craftsmanship, cultural diversity – what captivates here is the light.  Yves Saint Laurent fell under the spell of this red city and, with Pierre Berge, he bought a house and planted a wonderful garden, Majorelle.  The house and garden have long since been incorporated into a foundation and the latter is, perhaps, the most peaceful and well-tended public space in the city (there is an entry fee).  Attached to the garden is a boutique with Saint Laurent-inspired, and designed, pieces as well as a small museum of Berber jewelry, textiles and objects that has recently been renovated.  It is a little gem that shows off their collection to perfection.  Particularly wonderful is the jewelry collection beautifully mounted under a heavenly vaulted roof pinpricked with lit stars.

And there is always that blue…that gorgeous majorelle blue…

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I always forget just how beautiful, pristine and naturally rich the Bahamas are.  We travel halfway around the world looking for gorgeous beaches - Indonesia, offshore Southeast Asian islands, the Maldives - and on our own doorstep I believe we have the finest water and beaches found anywhere on earth.  Because the sand is so white, you have that gorgeous play of multi-hued blues ranging from powder to turquoise to deep navy.  Some beaches drop off deep providing great diving; others descend gradually toward a reef, offering children and lazy ones like me a natural pool.  From the Exumas' cays north to Nassau, Abaco and Andros, the Bahamas are the playground for fishermen, divers, snorkelers, vacationers - and naturalists.  Each island has its own natural offering: the Abaco parrot; a Blue Hole like the one above on Long Island; elusive manatees, dolphins, whales, sharks and sea lions, all of whom beckon scuba, free divers and snorkelers.  Over this wide spread of sea and sand there truly is something for everyone. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="8353,8352"]" ["post_title"]=> string(17) "Beautiful Bahamas" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(17) "beautiful-bahamas" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2017-08-18 09:14:51" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2017-08-18 13:14:51" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(31) "" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } }

Beautiful Bahamas