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Travel Talk: The Many Colours of Morocco

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Travel Talk: The Many Colours of Morocco

Yves Saint Laurent's Moroccan Garden Legacy Autumn colours have been dispatched from where my stomping grounds in downtown Toronto. We're in a meteorological no man's zone, sandwiched between the last few gasping days of Indian Summer and the brutish arrival of winter. I've been yearning for something vibrant. I'm fatigued with the dull skies and overcast afternoons. I. Want. Colour. And I knew where I'd find it...somewhere. So I spent Sunday afternoon pouring through last year's travel pics, most of which haven't seen light of day or been viewed by the naked human eye since they made the leap from  camera to computer so many months ago. I finally located my folder titled "trip to Morocco", where I knew I'd unearth my long-forgotten collection of wildly colourful images of Jardin Majorelle, the 12-acre botanical memorial to the late Yves Saint-Laurent in the heart of Marrakech. [caption id="attachment_14145" align="aligncenter" width="330"] Marrakech, Morocco Wall of colour, Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco (Photo: Doug O'Neill)[/caption]

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The Majorelle Garden was designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s and then purchased by his compatriot, the renowned designer Yves Saint-Laurent, and his partner, Pierre Bergé, in 1980. They eventually restored the long-neglected garden and opened it to the public in 1980. In fact, the late fashion guru's ashes were buried  in the back garden after his death in 2008. Majorelle Garden is an incredible explosion of colour, particularly of Majorelle Blue, one of the signature hues of the oasis. It's a refuge from the chaos of this mad, loveable Moroccan city. Where the souks and riads are places to savour the scents and aromas of Marrakech, Jardin Majorelle is a feast for the eyes. [caption id="attachment_14143" align="aligncenter" width="330"] Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech Jardin Majorelle, a vibrant, beautiful memorial to Yves St. Laurent, Marrakech (Photo: Doug O'Neill)[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_14147" align="aligncenter" width="330"] Flower, Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco Flower, Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech, Morocco (Photo: Doug O'Neill)[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_14153" align="aligncenter" width="297"] blue pots and cactis Loving the 'Majorelle Blue' (Photo: Doug O'Neill)[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_14155" align="aligncenter" width="330"] terra cotta It wouldn't truly be Morocco without a touch of terracotta (Photo: Doug O'Neill)[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_14158" align="aligncenter" width="330"] A blast of purple A blast of purple in a yellow-blue world (Photo: Doug O'Neill)[/caption]

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And you? Have you ever visited an urban garden half as beautiful? Tell us about it!
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