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Oct 23, 2016 - Marrakesh-Essaouira-Casablanca

23 October: Yesterday we passed through the area where most of the argan oil is produced. We stopped at one of the many women's cooperatives where we were shown how the nuts are prepared and ground along with the products, both cosmetic and culinary, they produce. We were able to sample the products and both of us really liked Amlou - the Moroccan version of peanut butter: ground argan nuts combined with honey from the argan flowers. We arrived in Essaouira on the Atlantic coast around lunch time. Our hotel overlooked the main beach; it...

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Sep 27, 2016 - Seaport of Essaouira (formerly known as Morgador)

A nice long walk occupied us today starting out for the ramparts which is where the Game of Thrones was filmed. It is closed for repair to the aging bricks-a total bummer for us as we were really hoping to see this particular spot. Oh well, we headed for the Scala or the where the old Portuguese canons are pointed out to sea. They could not be moved for the filming, so they built the set over the top but still kept very true to how it looks normally. We still got a few photos from a distance of the spot called Astapor where Daenarys sets...

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Sep 26, 2016 - Eve Branson Foundation and arriving in Essaouira

John and I spent several hours with the local director of the Foundation, Barbara, and visiting 2 of the programs. The first is one of the newest ventures-a woodworking program for boys. They have completed their training and are now starting to produce a variety of items to sell in craft markets. Several of the boys were there and eager to see who was interested in what they are doing. This program is housed in the barn that was originally used for the cashmere goats that Eve Bronson brought from northern England to provide wool for a...

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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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