This place hardly needs an introduction but the Majorelle Gardens are the gardens around Yves Saint Laurent’s home in Marrakech, now the YSL Museum. This place is an Instagram magnet – you will find a zillion photos of it on Instagram because it is bright, leafy and gorgeous. I am not an Instagram snob and love going to Instagrammable places so I ended up there.
So DJ and I walked there from our riad – its a 30 minute walk – and reached the gardens and stopped short. The line was insane. It went down the whole street. We also probably picked the worst day to go since it was a Sunday. Our original plan was to go to the museum and gardens on the same day but because of the long line we only made it to the museum on the first day and came back later to go to the gardens.
The How to Beat the Line Trick: sadly, we couldn’t actually use this trick since we didnt know about it when we started out. The gardens and the museum have completely separate entrances. For instance, the entrance to the garden came up first for us and you walk down the street and the entrance to the museum is at the very end. The interesting part is that the garden entrance has a really long line because either (i) people only want to go to the gardens, or (2) just didn’t know the museum entrance is separate and lined up at the first place they saw.
We saw the extremely long line at the garden entrance and just decided to skip it and keep walking down the street to see what else is there. Then we came to the museum entrance where the line was less than half so we decided to just check out the museum and come back to the gardens another day. When we went up to the counter the lady asked if we wanted the combined tickets or only tickets to the museum – so basically, you can skip the tickets line near the garden entrance, go straight to the museum entrance and take the combined tickets and just walk through to the garden and museum. Like I said, it was a fail for us since we wouldn’t have time for both before they close but this is definitely an easy way to decrease queuing time.
How To Get the Best Photograph: once you enter the gardens there are notices provided suggesting the way to go. We followed the path and walked around enjoying the greenery – it is definitely very refreshing and calm even with the many tourists milling about. Once we walked around the whole garden and took all the pictures, I was a little puzzled. There is a very specific angle where the main publicity photo for the garden is taken, basically this angle in the photo below:
And I could not figure it out.
I just couldn’t figure out how this was possible. It was easy to take the photos from the opposite end but I just couldn’t understand how to take this photo with the building at the back – and then we realised. That photo was definitely not taken while walking on the paved path. Yeah – we took a bit of a detour. We got to the opposite end of the building, there is a little round yard type area and skipped over the hedges to make sure we got this view of front of the blue building. Worth all the hiding and slinking we did.
Outfit details: white linen dress from Vero Moda (similar), brown belt from Levis (similar), brown camel leather shoes (worn here), round basket bag (worn here), straw hat from H&M (similar) and Rayban Aviators (similar).
DISCLAIMER: I do not know if you are permitted to do this. You may be told off or taken to Instagram jail or whatever. So it is upto you take the road not taken, decide whether to not you are taking that risk. If you tattle tale on me and say Anisha told us to do this, I will deny it outright. Like a good lawyer who can cover her tracks, you will notice I actually didn’t suggest you do the same and go off the path to take these photos so thats on you. On a serious note, as long as you are careful not to trample on any plants and bushes (there were none there actuallY) its all good in my book.
Thats all the tips I have and I just want you guys to enjoy the colourful pictures. Make sure you are following us on Instagram and please say hi and let us know where you are on Instagram as well. You can read all the other Morocco posts as well.
All pictures by DJ (I mean, except the one he’s in!)