Hitchcock in Marrakech: Luxurious interior tucked away in the medina

marrakech interiorThis is from a morning when Peyton and I stole away together to walk through the covered souks on the Rue Riad Zitoun el Kedim in Marrakech: a busy little market street in the medina, just south of the Jma el Fnaa, crammed with wonderful textiles shops next to meat stalls and hardware nooks, dappled sun light coming through the awnings above, mopeds and the occasional donkey cart of strawberries. I’ve been down this road many times but Peyton had new eyes: “Could we go in here just for a moment?” she asked gesturing to an ornate doorway. We went through the doors and down a tiled staircase into an elegant foyer- such a contrast with the souk outside. We followed elaborately tiled hallways and found ourselves in room upon room of a luxuriously decorated restaurant. Turns out this is the same restaurant featured in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much with Doris Day and Jimmie Stewart (the one where she sings Que sera sera).

If you’d like to practice watercolor sketching on-the-spot in Africa Moroccan Sketchbook 2015 will be May 4-8, registration is open now through March 5.