Mar 31 2015

by Heidi Leon Monges

March favorites

LMP concept store vitrine

Morocco's coastal city, formerly known as Mogador

March marked our last days living in Marrakech and our move to La Côte Bleue (France). Feelings are still unsettled. With every new city we pin on our expat life map, others challenges arise. I am still struggling trying to make this place my new home, but overall life is quite pleasant over here (and to live in a home by the Mediterranean sea does help ;) ).

LMP concept store in Pernes les fontaines

March bests

Essaouira for the day with Moroccanguides. What a beautiful seaside old city! We were captivated by the endless deep blue. Our hosts, Laura and Nour were so helpful showing us the best spots and in general  they made of this experience a great one. Choukrane (more on a coming post).

We spent our last week in Marrakech at La Mamounia (just as we started) and boy, that Palace-Hotel always gets me. Either the elegant decor, those dreamy gardens or its swanky Spa, this deluxe hotel has been engraved in my heart.

Solo night-walk through Djeema el-Fna. The crowd, the smells coming from all those food stalls, oh and the always scary snake charmers. It really is a place you must visit at least once in your life. #travel

New life chapters in La Côte Bleue. Sunny (but windy) days with friends by our tropezienne terrace watching windsurfers is da thing over here. #thesimplelife

La Joyeuse Clique! A stylism Master Class by ultra-talented Dutch duo: stylist Anouk B + photographer Marjon Hoobevorst. The two-day class was held at La Maison Pernoise, a fantastic concept store-café-happening-place created by Lau Casalil at the cute Pernes-les-fontaines. Will tell you more in a coming chronique.

My latest coup de coeur: las hermanas Ärce, two sisters  that create the most beautiful food and photography in Spain, either their website packed with delish recipes, their ig feed or their Vogue España collabs, all are exquisite.

We’re eating our weight on cheese, baguettes, saucissons and wine, and when none of these are involved on our meals, there’s seafood and fish to calm our appetite. I am so not ready for bikini season.

On Instagram, I just can’t get enough of the clean, aesthetic universe of Raphaël Liais, a French-Moroccan architect I had the chance to meet in Marrakech. He’s someone to watch closely if you’re interested in Arts, Culture & North Africa.

During my stay in Pernes-les-fontaines,  I slept at nearby La ferme des Sablons, a lovely rustic old farm now turned into a chambre d’hôtes. Adorable Fréderique made of our stay a sweet one.  We also dined one night at L’Auberge du Marché,  a bistronomique-like restaurant owned and managed by Hèlene & Sébastian Duhoux, great food at affordable prices and one fourchette according to Michelin Guide.

How about you, which where those special moments during March?

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  1. Veronique says:

    It was nice to share some moments with you during this month. Wish you’ll have many happy days in your perched nest nearby the mediteranean see ;-)

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