How We Met: Esther Freud & Alexandra Pringle

'I gave her a kiss and suddenly thought, "I hope she doesn't think I'm a mad lesbian"'

Souk it up: The marvels of Marrakech

Regal opulence now combines with the hectic bustle of the souks in Morocco's most alluring city – and new flights are about to make Marrakech even more accessible

Moroccan protesters demand limit on royal powers

At least 2,000 protesters gathered in a square in Morocco's capital on Sunday to demand that King Mohammed give up some of his powers and clamp down on government corruption.

Cooper Brown: Planning the rally

My bust-up with Prince Harry has made the minor tabloids. One of them called me “a little known American journalist”. This is what I hate about the UK. I’m better known than the guy who wrote the piece, but he has to get all snarky on me because his life is a failure.

Ten top...half-term deals

1 France: Seven nights at the two-bedroom Hameau de Peemor Pen in Brittany costs £50 per person per night, based on four sharing, saving 40 per cent. Ferry included. Contact lagrange-holidays.co.uk.

Travel agenda: Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; La Villa in Marrakech; Ben Fogle at the Royal Geographical Society

Today: Visit the new exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. "Cinema in the City" is a study of how cities are represented in film, from San Francisco, to Rio de Janeiro; until 27 February ( mfa.org).

24-hour room service: La Mamounia, Marrakech

Before the proliferation of riad hotels in Marrakech's medina, the go-to address in the city – for those who could afford it – was La Mamounia. This art deco landmark, opened in 1923, was as synonymous with the "red city" as the snake charmers in Djemaa El Fna square. But as the years passed, the wrinkles began to show and when the hotel closed its doors in 2006, the grand old lady of Marrakech was in dire need of cosmetic enhancement.

Stay the night: Riad Villa Blanche, Agadir

Morocco's fashion for traditional riads has taken a new turn down in Agadir, says Adrian Mourby

Net profits: To get the true flavour of any city in the world, head to its fish market

Culinary culture, brisk business and weird wildlife collide

BA to launch Gatwick Marrakech service

British Airways is to start flights between Gatwick and the Moroccan city of Marrakech in direct competition with budget airlines, it was announced today.

Travel challenge: A short break in Marrakech

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a long weekend in Marrakech. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling on 16 October for four nights.

Stay the night: Royal Mansour, Marrakech

Mohammed VI issued an edict for a sumptuous hotel, and lo! It came to pass. Adrian Mourby reports
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