at the Jardin Majorelle.
The Jardin Majorelle extends over 9,000 m², is one of the most enchanting and mysterious gardens in Morocco. Created over the course of forty years, it is enclosed by outer walls, and consists of a labyrinth of crisscrossing alleyways on different levels and boldly-coloured buildings that blend both Art Deco and Moorish influences. The French painter Jacques Majorelle conceived of this large and luxuriant garden as a sanctuary and botanical ‘laboratory’. In 1922, he began planting it with exotic botanical specimens from the far corners of the world.
In 1980, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, who first arrived in Morocco in 1966, purchased the Jardin Majorelle to save it from destruction at the hands of hotel developers. The new owners decided to live in Jacques Majorelle’s villa, which they renamed the Villa Oasis.
“For many years, the Jardin Majorelle has provided me with an endless source of inspiration, and I have often dreamt of its unique colours.”
Yves Saint Laurent
At these beautiful gardens we were approached by one of the guards asking us if he could take photographs of us! He then proceeded to direct us as if we were in a photoshoot, it genuinely was one of the most hysterical afternoons with a whole set of photos.. not convinced we were the best models but hey ho. Lots of fun and this cemented our love of Morocco. The colours, the people and most importantly the chaos. Our idea of heaven.
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