Travel and Treasure

So I’ve been a little quiet on the blog for the past week or so but things have still been ticking away in the background. I’ve contributed to a guest post about beauty on the road over at Heels In My Backpack – so go check it out (after you’ve read this post of course!).

And I’ve been gaining some inspiration from the world around me, so please feel free to follow me on twitter and pinterest – let me know you found me through my blog and I will follow you back!

In my last post I mentioned this gorgeous necklace I bought while on honeymoon in the Maldives. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a little while knows I love a good souvenir, so I thought I would showcase a few of my travel gems.

This necklace, being a honeymoon memento means alot to me, so I try not to wear it too often because I’m scared of breaking it or losing it, but when I do wear it, it does attract a lot of attention.

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Although there isn’t a particularly fascinating story behind it, other than I happened upon it while in the island gift shop, I thought I would share it as it’s so unique and reminds me of that special time.

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I’m normally one for quirky costume jewellery rather than expensive jewellery that I will probably break, and while I don’t stroll down the street jingling like Mr T, I am a typical female when it comes to jewellery shops – stood agaze at all the sparkly pretty things around me. I’m like it in shops at home and I was like it in the souks of Marrakech.

It sounds completely cliché to refer to the souks as ‘Aladdin’s cave’ but that is pretty much what they were! A labyrinth of small stores packed to the brim with tea sets, jewellery, pashminas, spices, leather, shoes… so much colour and chaos it is easy to become distracted. I ended up buying 3 bracelets in Marrakech.

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The multi-coloured one came from a fixed price store at the entrance of the souks, but for around £5 GBP who could argue! The pink one was a hasty purchase to use up some dirham, but what makes it interesting is the hand symbol on it is the Hand of Fatima –  which is said to bring protection and good fortune.

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My favourite of the three bracelets is the silver one. This is one I haggled for in true Moroccan style. Although I don’t think I’m ever taken very seriously as a customer, with the help of hubby (who is from the school of ‘don’t ask, don’t get’) managed to get a decent price for it that both I and the seller were happy with.

We didn’t stop at bangles, we took home a tagine and a couple of pashminas too (some were gifts)! All in all I had fun in the souks and urge all you jetsetting magpies to not miss them when in Marrakech!

11 thoughts on “Travel and Treasure

  1. Of all my travels, Morocco was the best for shopping…. well maybe India… I think I wlll tie them for first place. And I am a jewellery addict too so love this post as well as the colour purple background. A visual feast… 🙂

  2. I love the necklace. The details on it are so intricate. it reminds me of old fashioned charm bracelets, ones that you used to get before they became mass produced. It’s beautiful. I saw some beautiful olivina earrings when I was on holiday in the Canaries and didn’t buy them as they were quite expensive. I’ve always regretted it as I’ve never seen any as nice when I have returned and wish I’d just bought them. Beautiful holiday jewellery can hold such nice memories.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  3. I LOVE picking up jewellry on my travels – although just like you, I can be a little hesitant to wear it in case I break it! I can’t wait to go to Marrakech next year and go rummaging for some more pieces to add to my collection 🙂

  4. That pic of your silhouette next to the gorgeous blue water is incredible! 🙂 We were in Maldives just after you guys on our babymoon, but spent our time on one of the local islands – Maafushi. We visited a resort island on a day trip, and would love to have that experience one day too…for a special date, like you guys. Maybe an anniversary or something…hard to justify the price otherwise, isn’t it?

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