Alex McCord

Alex discusses the difference between this trip and her last to Morocco and the ladies' treatment of the staff.

on May 26, 20110

And away we go!

What a trip -- a clear line was drawn between the blondes and the brunettes, for better or worse, beginning with the flight to Marrakech. I was sad to see that the dumping on Ramona, and to a lesser extent Sonja and me, began even before she arrived. Let me tell you about some of the lead-up.

We all pitched in together to get ready for the trip, including emailing websites of riads (villas) back and forth. When Simon and I visited Marrakech before, we stayed at the Hotel Mamounia, but with the ladies it wasn't practical to stay in a hotel. We'd all be isolated in our rooms with no places to gather together, so a riad was the way to go. I think the first place we looked at online scared everyone -- and we looked at a few that were not conducive to a girls' getaway. Also, the original itinerary had us landing in Casablanca and taking the bus halfway across the country. I'm completely up for adventures, but some of our group are less willing to give up their creature comforts and honestly even I didn't want to ride the bus.

Bottom line, I think everyone was a little anxious about going on this trip together, whether it was about the destination or the travel partners, or both. Was Ramona asking a lot? Yes. Was she asking for anything beyond what our trip advisors assured all of us we would have? No. I'm sure it was fun for LuAnn and Jill to snipe about her being a diva, but everyone was told to put in their own requests, so complaining about it afterward is a little disingenuous.

So, the three blondes arrived and found the car. I was sorry that we didn't get to see the long conversation the driver and I had about how the city had and hadn't changed in the years since I'd been there; I was trying to reassure the girls. Oh well. We arrived at Jnane Tamsna, which is in La Palmerie district and was beautiful beyond measure. The staff were fantastic, despite constantly being harangued by the ladies. Pop quiz, who tortured the staff the most that week? Hint -- not Ramona.

We all dove into the mint tea, the traditional daytime beverage of hospitality, and tried to stay awake. It had been a long flight, and since it was important to talk and spend time together while flying, it was hard to sleep so I think both shifts of travelers arrived tired. I excused myself and passed out for a few hours. Ramona and Sonja couldn't sleep, and decided to take a drive over to the Mamounia, which is where many New Yorkers and Parisians stay. We had talked about it on the way over, and once the girls came back, they were completely refreshed and on board with the trip. They had run into people we all know, gotten the "lay of the land," learned that the riad we were staying in was top-of-the-line and first rate, and were ready to have some fun.

77 comments
pape
pape

Alex, loved you since the first episode. Just don't let those other women push your buttons. You are genuinely classy and smart, please stay that way and let those other women fight their own fights.

maryjay
maryjay

I love u Alex, I think ur the only NYC housewife with any sense of maturity. I would like to mention that Sometimes when u try to tell Kelly or Lu Ann what u think u choke, the way to fix that is by looking at them breathing and just let the words flow don’t over think, just go with it. Focus on u not any of them because u live in N.Y and u should know better than to trust any of them, u and Simon are happy and that is all that matters.They still in high school, Love u big fan..

PLHogan
PLHogan

Alex, I have said it before, I love you AND Simon. You are two very fun, witty, and respectful people. As always, your behavior was beyond reproach. I can't wait until tonight when I can see what got you on your soapbox (last episode of the "Moracco" trip). Didnt it make you laugh how Luann kept saying Moracco like it was a city. She really is a dumb bunny.

Jcluv
Jcluv

Hi Alex, LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!!!!! I am sorry the new Thursday episode is starting will write later!!!!!! christine

Rathi
Rathi

I had to read your blog first since you are always so perceptive and honest. Thanks for taking the time to give a between the lines look at the show.

Tessie22
Tessie22

Alex, I loved the scene where you (finally) went and got the wood for the fire. It's exactly what I would have done!

Reneeda
Reneeda

Alex, I think you are my favorite housewife after Bethany! I love how real you are and how down to earth you and your family are. I admire your relationship with Simon and your kids. I only hope that I will have that someday. I feel that out of all the girls I can relate to you the most. You seem like you come from humble roots and are genuinely a realistic, lovely, and brave woman. I hope that you find all the happiness you deserve and that you continue to speak your mind. I can relate to you in a lot of ways and I feel like sometimes (like me) you choose your battles. I think that, that is what a wise person does. More Power To you! Blessings and love!

AV
AV

Alex - you are still my favorite housewife. I agree that you are the classiest of them all, by a long shot. I am still loving a "thug in a cocktail dress" and will use that term in DC.

Kim Hinnkle
Kim Hinnkle

Alex,

You are the only one with true class. Keep being yourself!!

sacb
sacb

Alex - I think that you are a closet brunette...you are so in the real world. After watching previous episodes....do you not see that Ramona and Sonya are out of control. They act like two frat queens. I am no longer a fan of Ramoma and Sonya.

cheygrl
cheygrl

Always love you, Alex. You're real and wrote a very genuine blog about arriving in Morocco. I'm glad that you didn't go with Sonja and Ramona when they left the house during lunch. That was rude. Don't get too caught up with "blondes vs. brunettes". It appears that Sonja and Ramona could drag you down.

Janet P
Janet P

Another week where you are my favorite. Can't wait for next week.

Jade333
Jade333

Love you Alex! Don't listen to the negative!

sassybaby
sassybaby

Alex, You were tough to handle last season,but this season you are really settling into yourself. Bravo(no pun intended)! I know that you are trying to be fair about things with the trip, but like others I have to say that Sonja and Ramona had terrible behavior. I truly felt bad for you when you were in the car. You have never struck me as the type of person who would have said the things that Ramona did. I felt that you had to be uncomfortable. Yes indeed, Sonja and Ramona seem to be glued to each other but I have to wonder if that has anything to do with the Suck up to Ramona Singer act that Sonja has going on. What the heck is with that!! It is really ridiculous for anyone to find any excuse for the unbelievably horrible behavior of Ramona. Where is all this realness that is supposed to be happening!?

rmgnm
rmgnm

Alex, of all the women on this show, you are the only one with any sense of what class is.

Bonnie L
Bonnie L

I loveeeed you in this episode. The old, sensible Alex came back! I was so happy that you were not playing into the drama, or the ignorance of Sonja and Ramona.

sane kelly
sane kelly

Alex, You are so much smarter than these other women its not even funny....Hugs!

teach!
teach!

Alex, you have a real gift for seeing the truth in a situation and call it out and offer your own reflection on even your own faux pas. Very refreshing to read your blog, I look forward to it weekly and find myself in your agreement... the truth always prevails!

HOUSEandGARDEN
HOUSEandGARDEN

In some ways I feel sorry for you on this Morocco trip. You clearly arrived on team blonde, yet, you are being shunned by the tight-knit-girl-bond between Sonja and Ramona. they love each other so much. THAT'S GREAT!! but I don't see you fitting in their little club. Looks like you are back on season 1...trying to please, and with few true allies. Sorry to say, you brought it on yourself.

Boston Kate
Boston Kate

Thanks for the lowdown. I think that you are the one who should have written a book on manners and etiquette.

Alexfan
Alexfan

Love you, Alex. You have class, elegance, kindliness, loveliness and worldliness; and, not to be unkind to the others, you are the only such "lady" in this cast (now that Bethenny left). All the best to you and yours.

Teres White
Teres White

Alex you just say thing the way they should be said and I like that keep it up honest is refreshing hehe

Elayna
Elayna

We understand you have found your voice. I only wish you "used" it to put Ramona and Sonja in their collective place en route from the airport to the riad. They sounded like bigoted, spoiled American tourists. No wonder we have a bad image abroad. Comments like those are the reason most of the world does not fancy to American tourists.

Bambieyes
Bambieyes

Alex, you are by far my favorite of all the housewives shows combined! You're down to earth, classy, authentic, eloquent, and always consider the feelings of others even in when someone is being aggressive towards you. I find it interesting when people keep saying you've "found your voice" just because you're speaking up more. I thought you were being yourself all along. There is a such thing as knowing when to pick your battles. What's also interesting is, you're the youngest of ALL of these women and you're more mature than all of them. They should take a lessons from you on how to behave like a lady.

Cmae
Cmae

Hey Alex! You continually amaze me with your honesty, respect of the other ladies, and your ability to handle all of the BS that is being spilled out by the other ladies. I am thankful for your presence on this show and hope you continue to be a calming force in this storm of chaos. I would like you to tell LuAnn about class, Jill to listen to others, Kelly to get some confidence, and the new lady(who I do not like and am unimpressed with) to get some humility. You own all of those attributes and you have the right to tell these ladies there place. I swear sometimes I feel when I am watching RHONYC that the ladies are all fighting for screen time and will do the cattiest thing to get it. I am happy when you are on the screen and now it will not be a cringe inducing moment. Best of luck to you, Simon and the chums. Keep being you, it is a positive thing!

Kathy from NJ
Kathy from NJ

I think you are great and very genuine. I think you really try to friend everyone if you can. Ramona is just a little "off the beam" this season. What is with LuAnn?? She has a bit of a nasty streak for someone who claims to be so cultured. Does no one else see that? Her nasty side seems to get a little stronger each season.

liz williams
liz williams

Alex, really like the growth from first season to this one. You are your own woman and I am pleased to see how you and Simon continue to promote yourselves in a positive manner. It's obvious you love and respect each other.

Stay partial. Romana and Jill have been friends for years and I think Jill can handle mean girl Romana.

Ashleybash
Ashleybash

ALEX, You are my favorite. Keep on being you! :)

Oh My Geeze
Oh My Geeze

Love the fact that Alex's personality is being highlighted more and more each week. She puts those moral bottom-dwellers to shame.

KatNJ63
KatNJ63

I know Bravo marketing has sided you as a "blonde" in this battle, and your loyalty to that side is admirable, but.....you have got to admit that Ramona and Sonia purposely lied about going to that hotel, saying they wanted to relax by going for a drive, and not saying their true intention, just so that they could ditch the others, and have lunch at that 5 star hotel. If they had told of their true intentions, one or all of the others may have wanted to tag along, and they did not want that, so they lied. Let's be real here Alex. Don't gloss over their questionable behavior please.

Cindy
Cindy

I find myself reading your blog first when I want a more accurate or truthful picture of what has happened. Thank you!

houseviewer
houseviewer

what is wrong with having some class! Use your voice of reason when need be, not all the time!

EJP
EJP

Thank you for being your calm self. I can't believe how much sniping I've seen this year from the ladies. I think everyone should have taken a nap and drunk lots of soothing mint tea.

Joyce E Clark
Joyce E Clark

Alex--you and Ramona are my favorites! I feel you two are the only truly confident and authentic women who are comfortable being themselves. Everyone else plays to the cameras!

Martha from GA
Martha from GA

Alex, I find your message to be genuine and calming. There also seems to be a lot going on that we don't get to see. Please continue to call out those people who play dirty. One little thing, what lipshade are you wearing when you met with Sonja to resolve the misunderstanding about speaking at the marriage equality march? It seems to be a shade of berry with just a bit of brown. It looks wonderful on you.

Praz2 of VA
Praz2 of VA

Alex, you are wonderful, respectful and can be anyone's true friend. I am glad that you have a voice this season. You know when to speak and when not to speak. Girlfriend, Ramona, needs to take some lessons from you. Don't get me wrong I like her too, but she needs to calm down.

Amber44
Amber44

your becoming my favorite! I like how you genuinly dont want to be catty or hurt others!! you must have a clear mind ...the other cast members?? I'm not so sure

Eve4ever
Eve4ever

Alex, You did exactly what I would have done, jsut go get the wood and place it in the fire place. You were great.

lanlan
lanlan

Alex,

You continue to be the voice of reason and logic at all times. Love you and Simon!

bravo fan in pa
bravo fan in pa

ALEX, YOU HAVE THE PATIENCE OF A SAINT! TRULY YOU DO.... THE WAY YOU KEEP YOUR COOL WITH RAMONA AMAZES ME. SHE CAN BE SO OFFENSIVE AND NOT EVEN BAT A LASH.... I THINK YOU OVERLOOK A LOT WITH HER BECAUSE YOU WANT TO KEEP THE PEACE. I REALLY RESPECT THAT IN YOU!

ViewerMariakp
ViewerMariakp

Love you and your interviews and just calling it like it is!!!

housewives fan
housewives fan

Alex you are truly amazing - you are beautiful, strong, classy and just likeable!!! Love you and I agree with the viewer who said you should appear on Bethanny's show more often - the two of you are absolutely wonderful!!!

bkraf
bkraf

Alex, This season you seem to find who the real you is. Last season was over the top with you and the need to find your voice. I think all of N.Y. heard it when they didn't want to. You seem to speak up when theres a need this season but not jump into everyones face at every comment. You also seem to know that maybe you did go a little too far last season. As far as the trip went, you can not really think their behavior was justified? They treated every one like lower class citizens. Get more fire, do this, where's my pino etc... They were an embarrestment to all of America and even you seemed embarrest. Jill is a good person and why is it OK for everyone to talk about everyone and yet you jump all over her for everything you and the others do as well. Yes she may open her mouth at times, but so do YOU. At least she apologizes for it. Please don't go into the big mouth mean Alex like before and stay true to yourself. Look at both sides and realize there is fault on both sides. Everyone liked Ramona before but she is out of control

Julianna M
Julianna M

Love you Alex. The voice of reason and most down to earth. And boy do we need down to earth this day and time.

Kathy Anne
Kathy Anne

Love the new Alex! You are the only one who sees things clearly.

vintagehomegirls
vintagehomegirls

Alex is the best! You should write a book on Class ! You have it from head to toe.