Posted by: Stephanie Tuck | June 23, 2013

Magical Morocco

The lush colors of the textiles of Marrakesh. Eye candy at every turn.

The lush colors of the textiles of Marrakech. Eye candy at every turn.

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beautiful inlaid enamel spoons sold on the street in the market for $1

beautiful inlaid enamel spoons sold on the street in the market for $1

Melanie and I have our faces painted with kohl in an apothecary

Melanie and I have our faces painted with kohl in an apothecary. We bought buckets of local Moroccan Oil!

I just returned from my second trip with Escape To Shape, an adventure travel/fitness company  I LOVE. The first time I traveled with them was to Istanbul last summer and in June, I went to Marrakech. To make things extra wonderful,  my dear friend, the lovely and excellent Alex McKay, came along.

So Marrakech. WOW. The colors were so bright, the beauty so lush, the scent of roses lingered in the air  – I’m not sure words will do the trick in describing the sensory overload of being in the ancient city. It’s a place I always wanted to visit as the aesthetic so appeals to me, and it did not disappoint.  I may just let some photos tell the story.  In keeping with this blog, we did more than just explore –  we also exercised about two hours a day – one yoga  class and one fitness class (somewhere between bootcamp and sculpting) lead by the excellent Kiya Knight (Kiya Fiya, if must know…and she made us burn!) We stayed in Marrakech mostly and spent one day hiking in the Atlas Mountains.  Escape’s Erica Gragg did another fantastic job picking fabulous/amazing hidden spots to visit and we all felt simultaneously out-of-our element (in a thrilling way) and totally taken care of. Was rather a perma-grin week for us all. Thank you, Erica, Kiya, Francesco and thank you to new pals I met who were so generous with their stories and their hearts. Ah travel, it does a body – and soul – good.

Where’s your next adventure? xxxooSteph

Kiya's workouts are no joke.

Kiya’s workouts are no joke. This was one stop on her make-you-cry circuit.

Handmade crafts are everywhere in the market. Alex and spent an hour in here. Heaven.

Handmade crafts are everywhere in the market. Alex bought three lamps in this store…and surprised me with one! A treasure. Heaven.

Erica outside a restaurant in the walled city. The streets are narrow and the world opens up behind beautiful doors. Homes and restaurants have gardens and atriums and you eat outside

Erica outside a restaurant in the walled city. The streets are narrow and the world opens up behind beautiful doors. Homes and restaurants have gardens and atriums and you eat outside

Bellydancing with my friend Lusann in a riad. Zumba comes in handy...

Belly dancing with my friend Lusan in a riad. Zumba comes in handy…


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  1. Woohoo!!!! This is so so so beautiful! Beautifully written, beautiful photos, beautiful girl! BTW, first day out of bed TODAY for me. Wow, that was a virus indeed. xoxoxo

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  2. Steph! Thank you for this wonderful post. For a few brief moments I was transported back to that magical week we all created together in magnificent Marrakech! So looking forward to ‘taking off’ with you again! xoxo

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  3. […] special experiences wherever she goes. (This is my third trip with her, including Istanbul and Marrakech – all amazing.) This time home base was the charming and historic UNESCO site and former […]

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