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Ahlan from Marrakech

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I have waited a long time to visit this place, a city I associate with cultural depth and pretty colours, a place where I pictured myself as SJP, a dream I’m finally living in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco.

After spending two days here, the notion that Marrakech is an exotic place I’ve learned is far from the truth. It’s an idea portrayed to the Western world to encourage tourism, an industry that this country aims to build as it’s number one source of income over the next few years.

What I found most appealing is that from speaking to locals we were able to get an insight and an understanding if you may of how the city came about. As chaotic as it seems, the neighbourhood is really tight, it’s people are warm and friendly, their architecture is designed in a way to promote humbleness and simplicity from the outside (your interior home can depend on your wealth), an idea that wealth cannot define you nor differentiate you from the community, it’s an equal ground.

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There’s much to do and see here. The new city is nice to visit, but I encourage you to stay in the hub of the old city where you find the markets and the medina and the buzz that you expect to feel.

Overall, this really has been an incredible experience. I much love calligraphy, street art and mosaics, all of which you get to witness around the streets and in particular when visiting the holy places. Tea drinkers, this is your source of heaven!

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You can’t go wrong with …

I’m no foodie, but I guarantee that my recommendations are as valid as if I were Jamie Oliver.

The balmy days of late summer encourage a visit to the The Boathouse in Balmoral. The Market fruit plate and avocado + tomato on charred toast is the perfect option for a light and fresh breakfast.

Travel to Italy down Victoria Road and visit Mercato e Cucina, a place that combines an Italian delicatessen, wine cellar, bakery, butcher, groceries, all authentic in one location. As a breakfast option, I recommend the pan fried eggs & omelette – both delicious meals.

When feeling green, It’s the poached chicken and farro salad at the Coogee Pavilion and the Ramzey’s salad at The Ground of Alexandria that will leave you satisfied. This is true, they are both high in protein and drizzled with a green goddess dressing.

On the naughty side of things, modern chinese at Ms.G’s is often a popular choice amongst the trendy food eaters in Sydney.  After you finish picking the best of small dishes, make sure you be ‘The Boss’ and order this dessert to go with, I promise you won’t regret it.

Want to see more? visit the Food page for more options.

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She’s the man

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Featured in this month’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar is an article titled ‘She’s the man’ which touches base on the reverse roles of men and women in fashion. “With men becoming more feminine and women becoming more masculine, this androgynous development is allowing for one concise, powerful message from the designers” says Justin O’Shea.

Trends have evolved considerably over the decades, but if I were to nominate an era of poise and elegance it would be the 1940’s; a time where men dressed like men, and women dressed like women.

We live in a stretch of innovation, development, and initiative, which embraces the concept of individuality and one’s unique style, but we often forget that going back to basics is the trendiest form of self-portrayal.

Isn’t it just so damn fine when he’s dressed in a tailored suit and she’s in a classic black dress?

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