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*
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.