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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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Apr 14, 2011 - A special day

We rise early, breakfast on the roof. This morning still a slight mist – not as bad as yesterday. We walk to the port and have a lovely morning watching the fishing boats come in and unload their catch – we enjoy the activity, the colour, the shouting and the noise – all good-natured. Dozens of men on each boat. They are mainly unloading sardines and the trays are passed from one to the other until finally loaded into trucks and covered with ice. Some times these ‘lines’ are over two or three boats as there is no room for them all to berth....

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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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