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Nov 28, 2014 - Essaouira

I did not talk to you about roads and driving here in Morocco ... big challenge again ! And, by the way to end with my thought about unknown situations, this is what I look for in such trip. So driving here is also a question of nnégociation. There is no real limit for the lanes, between the street and the street side and there are many king of vehicules and plus orinus quantity of light du ring the night on cars. There are very big holes also and when there is a signal you have already discovered it by yourself. Roundabouts could be like...

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Nov 2, 2012 - Entry 15

11/2/12 Essouira, Morocco I haven’t had a chance to write in a while, so I’ll be doing three entries in a row. A few days ago we arrived in Essouira from Gibraltar. It was a rough passage, so finally being anchored was nice. The town here was pretty cool, but we had to be careful. There was a lot of poverty and we bartered prices in most shops. I was also offered a variety of drugs in a variety of locations around the town, not something I am really use to. It was my first time in Africa so I thought it fitting to ride a camel. I was...

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Oct 26, 2012 - Entry 14

10/26/12 Roughly 15 Nautical Miles off the coast of Morocco First time in the Atlantic Since yesterday at about midnight, life has been nearly hell aboard Argo. We’re stuck in some kind of odd weather formation, and moving at a speed of about 3 knots. The swells are about 10-12 feet high with the bigger ones getting to be 15-20 feet in height. By far the largest waves I have ever seen in person. This voyage was scheduled to be 3-3 1/2 days, but at the rate we are traveling, our eta is 4 days from now at the earliest. People are seasick, we...

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Jun 5, 2012 - More Morocco

Morocco has a varied landscape - snowy peaks of the Atlas mountains, high rugged rocky mountains, fertile, green oasis valleys where rivers flow, Atlantic coastline of fishing villages and ports and the shapely sand dunes to the east.  Fossils abound, showing that Morocco was once a seabed. Within the valleys, there is a system of water channels for irrigation, where a variety of fruit and vegetables flourish.  Date palms, pomegranates, almonds, figs, walnuts, plums, apples, apricots, peaches, cherries, oranges, nectarines.  Right now...

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Nov 17, 2011 - Enchanting Essaouira

No rush this morning. We had to be ready at 9.15am for an orientation walk of Essaouira with a local guide. The weather was good, around 18 degrees, overcast with a watery sun peeking through the clouds once and a while. The orientation took us to the fish harbour (port) where we saw men unloading their catch of sardines from that morning. There are special boats for the sardine fishing - they are all blue. Lots of seagulls and cats around! We also saw women hanging around the men. Our guide told us that the fishermen will give some of...

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Nov 16, 2011 - From mountain (Aroumd) to sea (Essaouira)

Waking up in Aroumd with loads of blankets on us and just the sound of a rooster. Facing the morning with its cold air took some courage. The view was amazing though with a bright look at the snow capped mountains so close by. Breakfast was served outside on the terrace and it was a very good with a hot omelette. We had to eat the omelette fast otherwise it got cold on the plate! Because we had the morning free and thus did not have to take a bus ride with no bathroom into account, we drank loads of tea. Brian was feeling better but wanted...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Seafood feast in Essaouira

The seafood in Essaouira is fantastic. We are staying in a Riad which is a traditional Moroccan bed and breakfast. A Riad is multi level accommodation with a fountain on the ground level in the centre and rooms are around the outer on each level. So from each room you can look over the balcony down the centre over the fountain. We have just finished a seafood platter which was great. 2 of our tour members are having birthdays so we celebrating with cake and gelato - hopefully liquorice!!!! The gelato is apparently the best in the country!!...

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Oct 14, 2011 - Essaouira, Morocco

October 14 After leaving Agadira, we continued on and stopped at an Argan oil cooperative where we got a demonstration of how the argan oil is made ... quite labour intensive. We arrived in Essaouira late afternoon and said our farewells to our mini-bus drivers. We had about a 10-minute walk to our restored Riad in the Medina of Essaouira. A Riad is a traditional ancient nobleman's house unique to Morocco that has become very popular with travellers as an oasis of escape, charm and tranquillity from the hustle and bustle of the Medina. Our...

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Jun 21, 2011 - Inspiration strikes

Rick: You're being cheated Spend most of the morning researching where in Fes I should stay, and not having much luck, go to one of the cafes near to Orson Wells Square and have a mint tea. As I'm reading my guidebook (a Frodders one, the only one I could get from the library), I look at the Casablanca part which I'd discounted as it sounds like a hole, when I read the entry on 'Rick's Cafe' and how they show the film there every night, and suddenly it hits me that I have to watch Casablanca in Casablanca. It's my all time favourite film...

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Jun 20, 2011 - The streets of Essaouira

Ugarte: Can I please just cash my chips? Pretty lucky huh? Get two more nights for not too much more after a little pleading, the prices going up due to the impending festival, which also explains the increasing number of dreadlocked and brightly attired backpackers in town. Head back down the beach to Ocean Renegade via the ice cream stand and sit in a deckchair again and read my book, and thus pass two or three hours. I'm joined by one of the guys staying at the riad, a Swedish bloke with an untidy blond beard, dressed in almost...

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Jun 19, 2011 - Taking it easy

Senor Ferrari: Might as well be frank Monsieur; it would take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca and the Germans have outlawed miracles Undisturbed by snorers, muezlin calls or the heat, manage an unprecedented nine hours of straight sleep. Pick up laundry then get a ticket for El Jadida, first bus of the day on the 22nd, hopefully to get a train straight to Fes. Walk through the stalls and shops east of the medina, hanging around behind a group of hijabed women as they discuss the merits of beauty products between themselves and the...

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Jun 18, 2011 - To the sea

Emile: Would you like to place another bet sir? Jan: No, I guess not. Rick: Have you tried '22' tonight? I said '22'. It was a long night, with noisy formers and a muezlin call at dawn so loud, I thought they'd piped it into the dorm specially. The Supratours bus makes short work of the road to Essaouira, the first view of which as you come round the corner of an overlooking hill is spectacular. The Supratours bus terminus is right outside the main gate to the medina (Bab Marrakech) and I walk around, batting off the hustlers and touts, an...

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