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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira November 14th 2010

After spending a few relaxating days in the Atlas Mountains we travelled to the coast at Essaouira being a journey of about 4 hours. Parts of the journey were across desert and the arid landscape reminded me of Kuwait, in the Middle East ,where we spent some time many years ago. Essaouira, also known as Mogador, is a most likeable seaside town which is dominated by the medieval-looking battlements surrounding the medina. It reminded me so much of St Malo in Brittanny with parts of its town wall being adjacent to the sea. We stayed in a very friendly riad known as Riad Watier situated conveniently in the medina and where we had two enjoyable evening meals round a large dining table with other guests. Good to exchange travel stories. A trip to Essaouira is not ... read more
More of the port
The battlements
The port from the battlements

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira October 6th 2010

We wander down to the fish markets to have a look at the seafood coming in off the boats. On the shore is a row of little street restaurants where for 150 dirum ($19) you get 4 scampi, 1 fish, a pile of calamari and a pile of prawns, salad, chips and drinks…..oh and a groper (but that is the next tale). The fish is then cooked on the fire inside and served fresh. Delicious. The English couple opposite us were very quite and short on conversation needless to say we filled the gaps and when pressed they admitted to " being uncomfortable around fish". Oh well, poor them,,,, time to focus our attention on our large pile of seafood. On our way out we are offered a photo in the "kitchen" in we jump to ... read more
Girl 2 gazing
Fishing boats
Dinner at Elixer

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira October 4th 2010

WARNING: GIN INTAKE MAY EFFECT THE CONTENT OF THIS BLOG!! SECOND WARNING: AS WE DRANK MORE GIN WE TOOK TURNS AT WRITTING!!! We set out again for our last day of driving but today we are recharged from our gorgeous resort and full of hope as we are heading towards the sea. This drive Rochelle manages to stay awake and takes on the role of DJ Rochelle, spinning the tunes for the Abdullah's times two, who continually ask for house music but really want Take 40 and Bryan Adams. Luckily R has a lot to choose from on her iPod - which turns out to be worth a small camel! We round a bend and catch our a first glimpse of the coast line, we can feel our blood pressure dropping as the sea breeze hits ... read more
Fish man
Agadir coast

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira September 10th 2010

The clocks in Morocco were set back an hour. We had no idea! We were an hour early to camel riding yesterday; however due to the language barrier we thought the lady told us the wrong time. We went to dinner pretty late last night (or so we thought). When we got to the restaurant we were surprised it was pretty empty. It was packed by the time we left. We set the alarm for 9am this morning as we wanted to attend a cooking class which started at 10:30am. We didn’t have reservations so we called this morning. I woke some guy up and I thought he said to call back in 10 minutes. When I called back, he didn’t speak English so well, so I asked someone in my riad to translate. Basically I ... read more
l'Atelier Madada
l'Atelier Madada
Spice Souk

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira September 9th 2010

We decided it was time to see the real thing... camels and their weird looking toes. We went to a ranch that housed both camels and horses. We decided to do a 2 hour camel ride along the beach. We strolled along the ocean for about 45 minutes. We stopped and hung out for a bit in the sand. It was a deserted beach (it was beautiful so I am not too sure why). We got back on the camels and headed for the forest area. This is when we both started feeling bad for the camels. They were walking on tons of stones, branches, while tripping here and there. I was holding on for dear life at times. The beach was a super sweet ride; however the second half wasn’t so easy. Our camel tour ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira September 7th 2010

We made the decision to take the bus from Agadir to Essaouira. We showed up at 8:30am. At 9:00am, everyone started to board. We were informed our tickets were to Marrakech, not Essaouira. Ahhhhh. Deep breaths. I ran up to the ticket guy and he remembered us from 2 days before when we purchased our tickets. He rushed downstairs and got us on the bus. Ten minutes later, he asked us to get off the bus as it was fully booked. He asked that we wait for the 10:30am bus (different bus company), but if it doesn’t show up, he will pay for a car (as he was fully aware he made a mistake and printed us the wrong tickets - my bad for not checking). At 10:40 I find the ticket agent. He claims to ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira February 1st 2010

So we arrived back in Marrakech about 7:30 PM on the 30th and Ibrahim helped me find the hotel I had booked for the night (it was near the bus that I had booked for the next day). It was over my usual budget but a bit of heaven with central heat and hot water! I have discovered that my limit for roughing it these days is pretty much 3 days! and was very happy for the shower. Weather has been tshirt warm during the day but down to freezing or below at night. No heat and lack of warm water makes it uncomfortable, but as you can see the countryside has been worth it. Early on the 31st, having showered twice :), I boarded a bus to Essaouira (pronounced Ess - weara) which is on ... read more
My Very Own Terrace
From my terrace
More from my terrace

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira December 30th 2009

Geo: 31.5093, -9.76345... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira December 19th 2009

Geo: 31.5093, -9.76345Bad sleep ... exhausted last night, but couldn't get to dreamland until after 2, and I was up before 7. I tried falling back asleep but soon gave up, and crawled out of bed not long after, still fatigued. The fatigue was short-lived, as the lack of hot water in the shower definitely shocks the system! It wasn't really the lack of hot water ... it was that the only two choices were cold water, or ice-cold water!Mary was just getting ready by the time I was done, so I headed over to the bus station to check schedules for today's journey to Essaouira. The vibe was completely different today, as our late arrival last night meant the streets were quite deserted - there definitely was a buzz in the air. Strange smells, scooters ... read more

Essaouira is an oasis in all the ways that Marrakech is not. The sea breeze eases the scorching heat in even the narrowest alleyways, the locals are wealthy enough that they only hassle half-heartedly, and the accommodations are top notch. Ironically, this is where myself and friends have endured some of the scourges of Morocco: bedbugs, stomach bugs, and belligerent street confrontations. But, at least we were able to retire to some relative comfort afterward. The only complaints I can muster up about this town is that it is perhaps too perfect. The Frenchman who works at our hotel described it as being "like a movie." Indeed, the smooth, clean brickwork in the streets seem to be transported from a Hollywood set and all the alleys and squares buzz with legitimate extras, despite the tourist enclaves. ... read more

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