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  Back to normality after my exciting day out

Riad Kaiss interior_claire Leggett

I am still immersed in painting Marrakesh despite painting in Birmingham (UK). I have focussed some work on the beautiful building we stayed in when we visited two years ago.

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Years ago I had kept a cutting from a magazine showing where the chef Yotam Ottolenghi was filming his latest TV programme because it looked so beautiful and so Moroccan.

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  That wonderful place is Riad Kaiss.

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Literally every corner is a picture, every piece of furniture is a work of art.

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Every door, tile or piece of stoneware an exquisite sculpture.

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Every meal, every flower display and every furnishing, was inspiring the visual senses in some way.

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We booked a half day with the chef to learn how to make Moroccan pastries (we haven’t since!) and I was delighted to just get a look at the gorgeous quirky colours of the kitchen and the tiles.

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Another cook-book called Colours of Maroc has since been published, also photographed in Riad Kaiss. Check that link for an almost identical (but better photographed) image of Cornes des Gazelles on those tiles. Great minds…

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It was a cool, quiet haven to retreat to after a few hours bustling in the souks.

Riad Kaiss _balcony_Claire Leggett

I like this little tin foil painting as it conjures up my memory of its dark, quiet coolness.

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And if you ever go to Marrakesh then I highly recommend you do stay there.


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