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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira October 21st 2018

October 13th, 2018 Altight! Here I am writing again. I would have done so in the car last night, but the road from Essaouira to Agadir was unexpectedly winding and narrow. In the dark and in the backseat my stomach rebelled. Yup, I came very close to upchucking my supper. Also, the day in Essaouira was so all consuming both mentally and physically, that my brain turned to oatmeal by the end of the day. So let’s back up. Essaouira. Ok, so I told you already that seeing too many tourists irks me. I mean, if I wanted to see white people everywhere, I’d stay in Canada. Sorry my white peeps, but we are a boring and entitled bunch; a glaringly obvious fact when you observe “our kind” in non-European dominated countries, taking in the local ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira September 23rd 2018

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware - Martin Buber I woke up a few times in the night and admired the fog shrouded moon out the window. We left the curtains open to try to get as much cool night air in as possible. The fog really rolls in in the evening, and the temperature drops markedly. Except in our room which stays quite warm. I was hoping to sleep in and have a leisurely morning, but about 7:30 Susan said she thought she better go to the doctor. So I hopped out of bed, threw some clothes on, and sent a message to Abdul. While I was waiting I thought I better grab some breakfast, so I had a pancake and yogurt. I brought Susan a couple of small containers ... read more
Essaouira hospital
Susan at the hospital
Susan and Abdoul waiting for the doctor

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira September 22nd 2018

Greetings from the town of Essaouira (pronounced ”Essa-weera”), located on the Atlantic coast. Unfortunately Susan is sick. She started to feel not very well last evening at dinner (we left the restaurant early) and went right to bed when we got back to our riad. She had some yogurt for breakfast, but didn’t enjoy the pancake, Moroccan crepe, and fried egg as I did. I sure like their homemade yogurt and fresh orange juice. We headed out about 9:15, for our drive to Essaouira, a drive of about 3 hours including stops. I don’t think I mentioned that the buildings in Marrakech are mostly all constructed with a pretty pinkish stone. We travelled through the Ville Nouvelle, quite a nice area of Marrakech. It is now just the 8 of us in the minibus so we ... read more
Goats in trees
Goats in trees
Argan product cooperative

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira February 27th 2018

From The desert to the mountains...this time it was the High Atlas . We stayed the first night in another UNESCO site . Ait.Benhaddou...a kasbah that has been lived in since the 1600's . Several hundreds of people would have lived there and farmed the flat lands that surround it . Because it is still in such good condition it has been used in many films over the last 30 years . Atlas Film Studios are located in the nearby town . "GLADIATOR" "BABEL" and "GAME of THRONES " have all bèen filmed there. The next day we ciontinued into the mountains .We actually drove through a pass that was 2300m and really cold and windy . Not all that different from home.We were headed toward a mountain village that would have involved an up hill ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira December 22nd 2017

Dec. 22nd – 25th Well, from here on out this whole things slows to a crawl and we drop into the sleepy beachside vibe of Essaouira. We slow roll the alleys, stopping to dig on street food and street cats. We climb across the rocky sea wall surrounding the ancient walls of the fortress that contains the medina and marvel at the coast, the Atlantic and the seabirds. The tide is starting to come in and around each curve the wall keeps coming and an entrance back into the medina is not visible. It’s a high wall with parapets and some cannons that we are given to believe is where Calisi first addressed the Un-Sullied. Game of Thrones is so good that this actually feels like a historical location! UNESCO is going to have to open ... read more
breakfast on the terrace
entering the medina
dentist

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira December 21st 2017

We wake up in the morning in time to get out by 9:45 to catch the 10:45. We explain Steve’s inability to stay in Marrakesh to Yamina and she is totally understanding… or thinks Steve is a basket case and doesn’t mind losing the drama. Either way, she wishes us well, feeds us breakfast and Moha helps us get our luggage to the square to pick up petit taxi. We thank her by giving her our sole bottle of red wine we've been carrying since Spain. The bus tickets are cheap, the ride is about 2 ½ hours and off we go. These buses have been a pleasure both here and in Spain. The legroom is fine, the seats are comfy and there haven’t been any really loud talkers or crying babies. We stop for lunch ... read more
Port boats
port nets
Worker

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira December 20th 2017

Na ranajky kupena marocka loksa a smer plaz. Tu len lehnenie a citanie knihy. Slnko dobre pieklo ale fukal studeny vietor, nakoniec som sa musel obliect a v plavkach som vydrzal len neaku tu hodinku. Po dlhom relaxe smer bus stanica na opacnej strane mesta. Tu zistene,ze bus smer agadir ide po 10/00 kazdu chvilku. Cestou nazad sa este zastavujem na polievku, ktoru zapijam s cajom. Zrejme ma tu natahli na cene, bo ked mi vydaval 5dh uplne ich smaril na stol. Na ubytku mensi oddych a opat smer plaz a zapad slnka. Zapad uplne super, po zapade prechadzka skoro az na koniec plaze. V prechadzke pokracujem aj po nocnej medine. Tu zapadam na swaramu, donisli mi ju bez hranolek a bola aj volaka mensia. Nuz tak to je ked clovek ide jest v turistickej zone. ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira December 19th 2017

Ranajky mali byt od 8/00 ale 8/30 este nikde nic. Ani domaci Dvere zamknute, zacinam prehladavat izby na prizemy, mam stastie hned v prvej. Spi tam jeden z obsluhy. Odomyka mi dvere, peniaze nepyta, ja sa ani nehrnem mu ich dat, bo sak neni su ranajky nebudu peniaze. Takze po gratis ubytku smer bus na vlakovu stanicu. Na Arset El Bilk naskakujem do busu c.14, ktory ide okolo vlakovej stanici. Vodicovy platim 4dh, dostavam listok a usadzam sa. V buse dost skolakov. Skolacky tu maju ako uniformy take biele dlhsie bluzky. Po vystupeny z busu mi ostava este 1,5 hod. Oproti supratours stanici zapadam teda na ranajky. Davam si to iste co sofer busu, polievku, chleba a samozrejme nesmie chybat caj. Ten si uz ako rodeny marocan parkrat prelievam z pohara nazad do cajniku. Najedeny si ... read more


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, ... read more
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Day 1 a Travelling to Essouira It was a fairly early start today. Ross took me to the train train station at 5.50 for the 6.20 train to King's Cross. It was an easy trip down; a bit of snoozing, a coffee, then more snoozing! I've given myself lots of time to get across to Luton airport, so no rush! I sat for a while outside St Pancreas Station.....strange! There is a huge bird cage with a swing hanging from the centre. I didn't even notice it until a lad sat on the swing and started to work it forwards and backwards.... Whilst whistling! Then it registered in my brain, it's a human bird cage! Is it weird? Or is it art? To me, it became art when he started swinging! Then my eyes, or maybe ... read more
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Candy King surprise
Chakib tasting his first Battenburg




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