MARRAKECH: THE RIADS: PART 2
The house plans, as Jade discovered when entering an abandoned riad in her 1920 adventure, The Serpent’s Daughter, was basically the same for all houses. This is what enabled her to reconnoiter her mother’s prison before entering it.
Interior beauty was accomplished through colorful mosaic-tiled fountains, marble pillars, ornately chiseled plaster cornices, and beautiful doors strengthened by bronze-work. Rooms above the first floor also bordered these courtyards, with a balcony overlooking the beauty below. Most ancient houses were not designed with lower floors, because of old beliefs that jinni haunted the dark underground places, but a few houses did have sunken storage rooms.
NEXT WEEK: INTO THE ATLAS
NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter. The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com