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Apr 13, 2011 - Off to the seaside

Only four of us are continuing on the last part of the tour – a couple of days in Essaouira. (The others are Justin and Mag). Unfortunately our guide does not accompany us. We meet our driver at 8.30 am. A very sad farewell to Atika, our guide. She is an amazing strong lady. 32 years old and still single. Very religious, which is not surprising. She only took to wearing the scarf six years ago. She is the youngest of her family and the changes in society can be reflected in that her 2 eldest siblings had no education at all and she, as the...

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Oct 17, 2010 - Essaouira day 2

Sunday is the general day of leisure even though Friday is the Muslim sabbath. However, we did manage to keep ourselves busy. We got up an hour later than usual (8AM) and had a leisurely breakfast on the rooftop terrace of the hotel.The sun was shining and it was comfortably warm. The views of the sea were spectacular as you can see from the attached photos. Then we met our driver who took us to see 2 Jewish cemetaries in the area. At one time, 40% of the population of this city was Jewish. They were mostly merchants, jewelry makers and...

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Oct 16, 2010 - Essaouira

It is now Saturday and time to leave Marrakesh and move on to Essaouira, which is a beach resort on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. It was a 3 hour drive on a 4 lane “super-highway” where the fastest legal speed limit was 60 m.p.h. and sometimes as slow as 12 m.p.h. so the progress was not so swift. The only significant stop we had was at a cooperative where Argan oil is produced. Have you ever heard of argan?? We never heard of it so now we had a learning experience that we will share with you. Argan is a tree that grows a small fruit that...

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Apr 15, 2010 - At the coast again.....

Hi all, We're back at the coast....but we don't have real beach weather.....it's more a sand storm, the inside of the camper (RV) is very sandy..... We visited Essaouira, a very nice town with lots of shopping possibilities in the medina, the ancient town centre ! Into town a Morocan who lived and worked for 40 years in Weert drove us there for free. His children still lived in Holland an he will be visiting them in 2 weeks. He even invited us for dinner, but due of other plans we couldn't go there. Love & blessings, Dini & Bert

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Feb 26, 2010 - Last three days - Essaouira

On Tuesday evening, when we returned to the hotel from dinner in Marrakesh, we said farewell to three of the group who were leaving the tour at that point and, on Wednesday morning to our guide Tariq who, after escorting us to a local bus, would also be going his own way. The remaining six of us travelled on the local bus to Essaouira, a very picturesque, Portuguese fishing village on the Atlantic coast. The bus ride was about three hours and we arrived at midday. The hotel was a few minutes walk from the bus station, through the...

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Oct 29, 2009 - Sara of Arabia

Salam~ Hello to you from the misty sea-side town of Essaouira, Morocco!!! Excursion so far has been quite the adventure! On Saturday we drove all day through the low Atlas mountains way down to the Sahara desert to the town of Erfoud. We quickly unpacked and gathered up stuff for overnight and then got onto four wheel drive jeeps and drove way out into the desert to some tents. The Moroccan men who were driving the jeeps loved to speed through the desert sand and quick up tons of dust! It was an adventure! We arrived at the campsite right...

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Aug 23, 2009 - Essaouira, Morocco

After the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, a break in the quiet seaside town of Essaouira was welcome. The bus journey here was painful. A poorly air conditioned bus and a road under construction made for a long 3 3/4 hours, but the freshness and coolness of the air on arrival quickly refreshed us. Strong winds make one end of the beach ideal for kite surfing and wind surfing; we watched very talented kite surfers perform amazing stunts and sail along at incredible speeds. The water was freezing, so a dabble of our toes in the edge of the...

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Feb 23, 2009 - the beach

So i finally made it to essaouria. So much for keeping this trip journal up to date. this is actually the first time ive been online since I got here. I am having a wonderful adventure here. I even slept under the stars in the Sahara.....saw one of the girls from our group get thrown off a camel!....tried to walk barefoot through an ice cold river but i couldnt take it so i turned back and jumped on a donkey for 2bucks instead. This morning we were hiking in the high atlas mountains surrounded by cliffs covered in snow and now I am at the...

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Jul 9, 2008 - Essaouira

Another walk this morning through the village and then around the surrounding district. After lunch we made our way down the mountain and then went on the bus to Essaouria. This is a seaside town and is so much cooler than the rest of Morocco. After having experienced days in the high 40's it was strange to see people wearing jackets.

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May 21, 2008 - Essaouira, heading to the beach!

After a few great days in Marrakesh, we decided to go to the beach. We took a bus to Essaouira, and rode 6 hours through mostly desert to reach the ocean, and white sandy beaches. After being bombarded by touts offering their riads we looked at a few and settled on one with a great view for 30 euros a night. The town and vibe was more small town, although the merchants were just as determined to get you in their stores, so expect a fair bit of hassling. The town is encased in city walls like a fortress for the most part so there are no...

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May 13, 2008 - Essaouira

Hello Finally have time to update everyone. We are in Essaouira, a popular wind surfing and beach town. However, because it is good for windsurfing it is not so good for the beach or leannas hair. It is the most modest beach weve seen. we thought it because we are in a Muslim country but soon realized that it is because of the cold wind. We met a camel herder named Ali who, of course, has a brother in quebec and he soon became our friend and tour guide as we walked five kms down the beach to Bordj el Berod, a crumbling ruins of an old...

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Feb 11, 2008 - Essaouira

We went to Essaouira for four days and ended up staying eight. Living in an apartment in one place for a while was a welcome break from travelling. The kids hired bikes and felt safe enough to ride around. Thanks to Oli we met an inspirational English family who have been travelling off and on for three years. Simeon is a muso who has written songs with Nick Cave and had dinner with Kylie Minogue. He has also written an animation which is currently showing on TV. Miranda is a brilliant photographer who is working on a number of extremely...

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