Amanda of MarocMama sent me a private Facebook message just last month:
“I met the owner of [Josephine Baker’s former riad] a few weeks ago at a restaurant [here in Marrakech] and remembered you posting about Josephine Baker in Paris….”
Holy couscous, Batman!, I thought immediately, my heart racing.
“Whenever you make it to Marrakech again, you could stay in her home.”
OMG. OMG. OMG. I was spinning.
In the early 1940s, at the invitation of the Pasha of Marrakech, Josephine was invited to live in Morocco in a traditional Moroccan home (called a riad) that was connected to the Pasha’s palace, which has been Marrakech Museum since 1997, and where they both still stand today.
So guess what I did?
I reached out to the delightfully enthusiastic British owners of Riad Star – Lucie and Mike Wood – and arranged a stay in the fall of 2014 during one of my annual extended Paris visits. *twirling*
And then guess what else I did?
I arranged it so that one of my [lucky] guests on my Paris 2014 trip for women will win a 3-night stay on her way back from Paris. (And no, it doesn’t hurt that it’s OBG Adventures‘ five year anniversary or that I’m having a Josephine Baker themed fête in Paris to celebrate either.) *twirl*
Of course, I plan to chronicle the entire experience, much like I did when I visited Josephine’s former château in the Dordogne Valley in 2012. (Photos can be found here.)
So needless to say, November can’t get here fast enough. For me or for the lucky lady that will accompany me to Morocco later this year.