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Published: March 6th 2017
Day 2 - Essouira by day
I slept like a log last night, as always! I was warm and comfy. The bedding here reminds me of being a kid. They use heavy blankets; you can feel the weight of them. It offers a feeling of warmth, but also security. It's strange how little things can send your mind and thoughts back in time.
I woke up naturally at 8.30. I snoozed until about 9.00. I finally got up and started considering the day in front.
I set the shower water running. The instructions on door recommend running it for ten minutes to get hot water. Fifteen minutes later, the water is still tepid! So, I took a tepid shower. It's not the end of the world; I have definitely had colder!
I knocked on Ella's door, perfect timing, they are both just about ready to go too. We set off to the square in the medina for breakfast.
Chakib and I was walking along; leaving Ella behind haggling over a pair of sunglasses, when we bumped into Christina, a friend of Ella and Chakib.
Christina is from Kent; she is currently house sharing with Ella and
Chakib in Tamraght. All four of us went for breakfast. We opted for the set menu, with personal variations! I had freshly squeezed oranges, cheese and onion omelette with bread, and a nous nous. A good start to the day.
After breakfast we headed off to the harbour. There is a lot of improvement work going on; noticeable changes since my last visit.
As we walked along, the sun is warm, but the breeze is strong, and due to the breeze, the smell of the fresh fish and various sea foods completely fills the air.
It is really noticeable how the mass of seagulls are simply floating on the wind, rather than making their own efforts into flying. We walked right to the end of the harbour. We did consider climbing up the wall to make our return walk on the top of the wall. Only Christina actually managed it!
We continued our walk down, and along the. Each. The wind has died down a bit at this side, not enough for Chakib to remove his jumper!
On the way back we stopped for a rest, and a drink, iced tea, don't mind if I do!
After a long, lazy relax by the beach; we set off on our walk back to the medina.
We perused the colourful shop fronts, with all their wares on show, spilling out of the doors and windows. I have. Even looking for a pair of, replacement, short boots. I love the ones I have, but my short ones are just about warn through.
We found some, but I have decided to think about the purchase, at least until later tonight.
The sun has been present, and warm today, even with the breeze. Therefore, the walking does tire you out more than it would normally.
We found a nice roof top terrace overlooking the square, for another, very welcome, coffee break.
As we drank our coffee, we agreed on what to do later this afternoon. Ella and Chakib are driving over to The Sofitel Spa Hotel for their date afternoon because Christina and I wanted to go for a hammam. Plans made, we went our separate ways.
Christina and I got booked in at Mumtaz, which is where Judy and I went last time I was here. So for 250 dirham we got washed, scrubbed, massaged
and lathered including a hair wash with head massage. It is something that everyone should do. When all done, I felt ridiculously loudly clean.... and invigorated.
It's so worth every penny of the £20 cost!
Ella contacted me just as we were finishing. We were being washed and scrubbed for nearly two hours!
We all met back at the hotel to get sorted for dinner tonight. After about half an hour, we set off for dinner. The problem is that there are so many places to go to eat, it's hard to choose where to go! We finally decided on a restaurant, dinner is ordered!
It doesn't fail, an easy day, yet so tired.... again.
When I get back to the hotel I'll be getting packed ready for the morning leaving Essouira. We are leaving at 9.30, after breakfast.
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