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We arrive at the gate of Villa Mandarine. The moment I step out of the car the fragrance of orange blossoms is the first greeting; It's such an intoxicating scent. A beautiful garden, colored lanterns and a brick path lead us to a tiled mosaic entryway to reception where, Mohammad, our guide, greets us with a welcome drink and the key to our room.


The setting of this hotel is in a mandarin orange grove; hence, the name and the fragrance of orange blossoms which permeates the air. The garden, courtyard, mosaic tile, woodwork and art is a wonderful blend of Moroccon and French design. The pool invites us to take a dip after our journey from New York. Later in the day we attend a welcome meeting which brings our travelling companions together for an introduction as well as some words of wisdom from Mohammad about Moroccon culture and some do' and don'ts while in Morocco.




There are 12 of us who gather, once again, for a Welcome Dinner in the hotel restaurant. We have choices for dinner: Lobster tartare with mango and avocado, Moroccan Harira and garnishes, Leg of suckling lamb with sweet garlic, Chicken Tajine and for dessert: Milk pastilla or chocolate mousse. Of course there is wine, mineral water, tea and coffee. Foodies that we are, we try it all .... Delish!


Posted by Linda Fluckiger 06:06 Archived in Morocco

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Stunning photos, as usual. And great food descriptions. Sounds like another epic trip for you and Rick.

by Tina Gordon

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