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Marrakesh, parched by the sun and bathed in a dusty light giving way to colors subtler and more seductive: intoxicating red, pink and yellow; mesmerizing blue in a sea of cool mint green and turquoise, and the distinctive shade of Majorelle blue.

The spirit of Marrakech fervent in the artists’ imagination. Henri Matisse and Yves Saint-Laurent fell in love with it instantly. An Oasis of color and fragrance: orange, fig, pomegranate and olive trees; roses and bougainvilleas, cypress and palms.

Slipping into dresses so fabulous. Dazzling giant rings embellished with sparkling gemstones. The Oriental spicy perfume: balmy, woody and powdery. Passing through a Moorish-style entrance into a lobby with white Moroccan arcades to Jardin Majorelle, a botanical garden that has the power to make us dream. So invigorating and fresh, restored as a gift to the city by Yves Saint-Laurent.

Stars that reflect infinity, the message is always love.

Looking at the world through the sunset in your eyes, wrote songwriter and singer Graham Nash on a trip there from Casablanca in 1966, traveling the train through clear Moroccan skies. I’ve been saving all my money just to take you there; I smell the garden in your hair. Wouldn’t you know we’re riding on the Marrakesh Express.

They’re taking me to Marrakesh!

French Lessons: Yves and Henri, they're taking me to Marrakech

Nash and Crosby, Marrakech Express

Marrakesh Express is a song recorded by Crosby Stills and Nash, which they released on their 1969 self-titled album. Author and composer of its music, Graham Nash.

You may also enjoy A Woman’s Paris® blog, The streets of Marrakech, by Jennifer Haug, world traveler and ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Marrakech writing about the French influence in Morocco and her teaching experience there.

Automobile road rallies in France (Camille du Gast Crespin, Michèle Mouton and Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, Moroccan desert), by Barbara Redmond covering the women who compete in a nine-day, off-road adventure in the sandy dunes of the Moroccan desert. And “Coeur des Gazelles,” the money generated from the race to help finance doctors providing medical care for people in the remote areas of Morocco.

In search of the perfect Moroccan slipper, by American writer Lisa Rounds who tells of her adventures in the North African neighborhood of Barbès in Paris searching for the perfect slipper in red, of course, for a Cosmo photo shoot. Her story of “living the dream,” working for a publishing company in Paris.

French Impressions: an interview with Alice Kaplan, author and professor of French at Yale University. Ms. Kaplan shares her new book, Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, on the process of transformation. By entering into the lives of three important American women who studied in France, we learn how their year in France changed them, and how they changed the world because of it.

A Woman’s Paris® Discovering French elegance and personal style

We are captivated by women and men, like you, who use their discipline, wit and resourcefulness to make their own way and who excel at what the French call joie de vivre or “the art of living.” We stand in awe of what you fill into your lives. Free spirits who inspire both admiration and confidence.

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. — Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971) French fashion designer whose pursuit of simplicity made her an important 20th century figure in fashion and founder of the brand, Chanel.

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Fine art paintings of Paris

Fine art prints of paintings by Barbara Redmond of famous streets and places and gardens of Paris. Printed on archival 100% cotton paper, each print is signed and dated. Or email Barbara at barbara@awomansparis.com. Free shipping in the continental U.S.A.

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