I hopped across Berlin, Paris and Morocco for a fun getaway. Packing for my trip required major planning because it was snowing in Berlin, but 80 degrees in Morocco. Stuffed with shaggy coats and flowy bohemian dresses in my Winton CalPak Luggage, I made my way out to my first stop, Berlin. I underestimated how cold Germany would be and was definitely not prepared (I don’t think I know how to dress for weather below 50 degrees tbh).
Besides the snow, Berlin weirdly resembled Silver Lake. 6000 miles away awaited local general stores, baristas pouring latte art, and rustic wooden open spaces. My favorite brunch spot was an adorable place called Factory Girl. We got the cheese plate, which also came with a platter of bread, hazelnut spread and syrups. The super cute owner gave us dessert on the house! I’m not sure what it was but it had vanilla custard and berry compote, and was probably one of the best dishes I had during the trip.
The urban, artsy district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg with endless amounts of museums, cafés and theaters was also another favorite. I visited East Side Gallery, which is the remaining Berlin Wall and now covered in original artwork by 118 artists. Don’t forget to stop by the currywurst stands! They are everywhere in Berlin and a must.
I get weirdly excited about spaces with sleek modern architecture and Berlin’s grand central station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof was stunning! It’s huge and clean and has 6 floors of shops and cafes. I feel like it could’ve been a shopping center itself. While waiting for our train to the airport, we wandered around the station eating more currywurst and Belgian waffles.
I fell hard for this city and its beautiful cobblestone streets. Every corner of Paris was breathtaking even though it was constantly grey and engulfed in a thick layer of fog. I stayed at Hotel Ares Eiffel, which had a Versace bathtub and Hermes toiletries (yes please!)
I went to check out the shops at Le Bon Marché and ate lunch at La Grande Épicerie next door. I spent way too long browsing the aisles of charcuterie, fancy cookies, and chocolate.
There are boulangeries and fromageries within and you’ll just want to stay and eat your weight in beautiful pastries and macarons. Can you tell I absolutely loved this place?
We had lunch at a local crepe stand, Au P'tit Grec, and took the subway to Jardin des Tuileries. I loved strolling through the garden and it’s perfect for an afternoon breather. The garden has a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower and Gran Rue. When I come back in the summer, I definitely want to have a picnic here.
Dinner consisted of foie gras ravioli and French onion soup of course at Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie.
I honestly don’t know how the French stay in shape with all the amazing food and patisseries in every corner. I think I ate enough cheese plates to last me a lifetime.
Saved the best for last! I was looking forward to Marrakech the most and it’s been on the top of my list for a while. I highly recommend staying in a riad, which is a traditional Moroccan house and resembles a palace. They’re usually cheaper than a hotel and have more history behind the buildings.
I stayed at the gorgeous Riad Kaiss due to the close proximity to the main square and its beautiful space. Riads have majestic courtyard gardens where you can enjoy Moroccan mint tea.
They take their tea seriously here and it’s a sign of hospitality and friendship.
Marrakech was so photogenic and all the colors were mesmerizing. I was so excited to go to the Souk and hoard Moroccan goodies. I found beautiful handmade rugs, leather poufs, and spices. It’s almost overwhelming with all the stands squeezed into narrow alleyways, but the mad frenzy made for a fun experience. I’d get claustrophobic if I went back all the time and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
There were stray cats everywhere and it felt like cat island! Although cute, we were told by locals not to pet them because they have fleas.
I got fresh squeezed grapefruit juice from a juice stand for less than a dollar and ordered avocado salad at an adorable place called Henna Art Cafe. You can get henna while eating lunch at this peaceful rooftop spot.
On our last day, I wanted to visit the major palaces so we stopped by Bahia Palace and Jardin Majorelle, where the ashes of Yves Saint Lauren rest. Jardin Majorelle is such a vibrant electric blue and has a wonderful cactus garden. Yves Saint Laurent and his partner owned the space so it’s a great way to see his preserved work, especially for fashion enthusiasts.
This trip was such a dream and thank you so much CalPak for allowing me to bring back enough goodies from three countries! I was so surprised the luggages were able to hold everything on top of my outfits. Saved me a bunch from not having to ship my Moroccan rugs home and it made traveling such a breeze! My body must be in such a confused state from going back and forth from the snow to the desert.