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Monday, February 27

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I am counting down the days, minutes and seconds until my next big travel adventure (even though it is not happening until April).

First to Paris and then to Morocco.

I have been taking weekly French lessons to prepare.

In Morocco I have found amazing riads to stay in both Marrakech and Fez. I am beyond excited to experience the colors, textures and layers that Morocco has to offer. It has been on my short list of places to travel to for years.

I always love suggestions when I travel. So if you have a favorite cafe in Paris that is a MUST...or a tip on experiencing let me know about it!


Jennifer C. Webb said...

what a trip you have planned! The Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens is a favorite spot...for people watching, picnic or just to relax. And off the beaten path is the Museum of Hunting and Nature in the Marais. Still dreaming about the paint colors throughout the rooms

Karena said...

Grant I am so excited to see the photos and stories you return with!


Art by Karena

Stephanie McPeak said...

Which riads have you chosen in Morocco?

MJH Design Arts said...

Paris is my first love!! I do know that watching foreign language films gets my brain all prepped for when I actually get to my destination and then the words are ready to start flowing when needed. Have a great trip--I'm already turning green. Mary

Caitlin said...

This is going to be an incredible trip! I can't wait to see all of your pictures from both Paris and Morocco. Hope you bring back amazing treasures!

Ellie said...

The Cluny Museum in Paris!

Wayne David Hand said...


I was in Marrakech in October of last year. Having researched many Riads I came across one that stood out. I ended up staying there, and from the moment I arrived I knew I had selected well. It was built in the 17th century as a small palace. It has all the layers of craftsmanship for which the Moroccan culture is renowned . It's called Riad Sebban. I was so inspired I've started a series of small paintings from this last trip.

Best Regards,


Anonymous said...

Way too exciting!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Deyrolle museum if it's rebuilt.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Grant.

Here's a great cafe/shop you will love in Paris. Its called Merci shop. 111 Blvd Beaumarchais, 75003.

Have a great trip.
Ellie Oconnell

Anonymous said...

Deyrolle museum if it's rebuilt.

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Beth Dillard said...

I was in Marrakech last Sept. after the Maison & Object show in Paris..I suggest taking the desert trek if you are up for adventure as well as a trip to Essaouira on the can read my blog post on both great adventures
In Marrakech hope you are staying in the Medina ..go out to the new city to see the Yves St Laurent gardens..a must. Bon voyage!

My Notting Hill said...

I went to Morocco in 1974 (including Marrakech and Fez) so I have no current suggestions for you. Even though I was only 9, I do though vividly remember the experience, especially the open market where we watched a snake charmer and the medina. At that time, Morocco did not want tourists to venture way into the medina so my mother had to pay our guide extra money to take us through.

I hope you have an amazing trip. I know your photos will be great!

Lori said...

So jealous! I LOVE the tea room in Laduree rue Bonaparte in St. Germaine. Gorgeous and the macaroons don't suck either :)

Ideezine said...

I'm sure this will be a highlight in your lifetime and so glad we will hear all about it along the way. How exciting!

Brillante Interiors said...

Le Grand Colbert is a nice restaurant were Keaton and Nicholson met in Something got to give...true Parisian atmosphere.
The Marais district is the very best to explore
Marrakesch what can I say is just magic so are the other Imperial cities.

thermalhill said...

hi grant,

i enjoy your designs.

sounds like a great trip. highlights of my trip to paris last spring:

--absolutely wonderful, free, private 2-hour walking tour through Parisien d'un Jour aka Paris Greeters Register on the site and describe your interests and available times, then they send you a tour to fit your criteria.

--walk on the Promenade Plantee.

--i bought a little book on paris bistros that highlights ones with particularly strong "atmosphere" aka reeking of character.

bon tour!


Naomi said...

Mamounia - just because whether you like it or not - the bar is still a interesting mix of people and nice drinks.

Riad el Fenn - for the mix of modern art and classical architecture

El Yacout - for the "veritable feast" - go hungry

Toukbal - in the Atlas mountains but an hours drive away but you will feel like you are in Tibet. Would be a shame to go all the way there and not see the view and experience the mountains.

Bon voyage!

Anonymous said...

Please take LOTS and LOTS of photos and post them on your site!

Anonymous said...

Paris-Daniel Rose's "Spring" restaurant is an experience. Book now as its difficult to get a reservation.

Marrakech- Stay in Riad Kheirredine to enjoy Italian/Morrocan hospitality and very close to the souk. Visit YSL's Jardin Majorelle to be inspired by color both natural and created by man. Eat at Dar Zellij for great food and amazing ceilings.

Bonne voyage!

Gwen Books said...

If you are interested in taking a local cooking class this is a superb class: Maison Arabe is a lovely hotel in the medina, and they offer a cooking class at their private pool garden- an oasis! Ateliers de cuisine de La Maison Arabe
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