La Femme d’Art à Marrakech

King Mohammed VI* opened an eponymous museum for contemporary and modern art in Rabat last week.  The king and his wife Lalla Salma invited Vanessa Branson to the museum’s inaugural dinner.  The King used the occasion to present Vanessa – the veritable woman of art in Marrakech – with the prestigious Ouissam Alaouite medal in celebration of her contribution to the Moroccan art world.

Jack Lang, president of L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, is the dark-haired gentleman sitting on the right.
Musée Mohammed VI d’Art Moderne et Contemporain


* if you’re like me and breath a sigh of frustration when confronted with roman numerals, I looked it up for us – VI means the sixth.

Innovative Marketing Strategies


I love it when the Marrakechi shop owners get creative with their marketing strategies; this still life is a pleasant departure from the aggressive pleading you get in the medina.

“This way, this way.  English?  In here please.  Morocco bags.  Just here please.  I make good price for you.”                                                                                                                         –every shop owner in the medina


ostriches are immune to lung cancer