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12th November 2020

The charms of Morocco
We know the sadness of leaving Essaouira. Morocco remains one of our favorite travel experiences. I still think about a chicken apricot tanginess dinner with had that makes my mouth water. The architecture and people are lovely.
6th November 2020

Casablanca
I presume it was a tourist bus to show such an old film as Casablanca. Notwithstanding the quality of any film on a bus I prefer to look out the window and see the World go by while others look at their mobile phones, films or read. That's just me I guess, otherwise I feel I am missing out. Love this pic, a fitting image for the myriad of memories you must have of such a wonderful Morocco trip.
6th November 2020

Casablanca
Thanks for your comment, Dave. I know I've mentioned numerous times that we were with a tour group, and toured by bus. Also in this blog I mentioned that the movie shown on this occasion was the first and only time that the monitors were used except to show us maps. As for the movie, I believe it was shown to rev up our anticipation of arriving in Casablanca. And believe me, the scenery between Essaouira and Casablanca was nothing to write home about especially when compared to the landscape we had previously scene during drives. Thanks for reading and I'm glad you like that photo!
3rd November 2020

Casablanca
I've never been particularly keen to visit Casablanca as I'm aware it's quite modern and would look very different from that old film - plus, Humphrey Bogart wouldn't be there! But that mosque looks beautiful and really worth seeing so I may have to revise my views :) I'm so pleased you opted to do the tour so you could share all these great photos of it!
3rd November 2020

Casablanca
Thank you, Sarah. It's true that what we saw while in Casablanca does not resemble the movie of the same name at all. If you go to "Rick's Cafe" though, it wouldn't be difficult to image that Humphrey Bogart might appear at any moment! We did not visit Casablanca's medina though wished we could have! Still I think this city has enough to offer in the way of sights for a visit. The tour of the Hassan II Mosque was definitely worth the price of admission (though rather dear compared to other sites that charged admission) and shouldn't be missed. As beautiful as the mosque is, unfortunately it has already experienced structural issues because of its position on the ocean. So you should plan a visit soon! Thanks for complimenting my photos!
2nd November 2020

Hassan II Mosque
The mosque in Casablanca is hands down one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. The hotel I stayed in in Casablanca was about a block from the mosque, and I would often walk through the plaza on my way back to the mosque, and I got a great view of the minaret from my room.
3rd November 2020

Hassan II Mosque
Thanks so much for reading my blog, Karen. I thought the mosque was extraordinary too, and I especially thought that about the minaret! How lucky to have a room close enough to be able to enjoy all that beauty from your window!
23rd September 2020

the siren call of the sea
A lovely blog Sylvia. Listening to Elton John while reading as you meandered drawn in by its charm you describe so well. Gnaoua music may not be everyone's cup of tea but Denise & I know well that music feeds the soul. Some of our most special moments have been locals playing their music in exotic locales the memory of the experience which endures. If I have bought a CD while there and then hear their music back home, it is rarely the same, but if it transports me back there...that's gold!
23rd September 2020

the siren call of the sea
Thanks for your nice comments, Dave! I agree about the memories of music connecting you with a particular place; if I ever hear Gnawa music again, I'll always think fondly of our time in Morocco.
18th September 2020

We love Morocco
We share your love of water and Essaouira. Such wonderful seafoods and great music. It is a part of the world that is absolutely charming. I came home with luggage full of argon oils. Beautiful colors, foods, architecture and the people are wonderful.
19th September 2020

We love Morocco
Thanks, Dave and Merry Jo! Isn't that the truth!?! If I brought home everything that I wanted to, I definitely would have needed an extra suitcase! I love the intricate carved tables, rugs, scarves. I think the argan oil/creams and silver jewelry were hits with my family. But, have to say maybe the red sand we brought home from the Sahara (found the perfect glass bottle/silver trim there to keep it in) might be my favorite souvenir!
18th September 2020

Wonderful read
What a wonderful read this was. As I explained in a previous conversation, I have a very good friend who lived there for many years and has persuaded me to visit once the pandemic is over. While reading your blog I felt like I was there with you.
18th September 2020

Wonderful read
Thanks for your visit and lovely comment, Natalie! Of all the places we visited in Morocco, Essaouira was my favorite. That's not to say I didn't like the attractions of Marrakesh. Maybe because of where Essaouira is, located next to the ocean, it has an easy going, unhurried sort of feeling which makes you want to relax. Life really seems simplier. Hope you will like it if you visit there.
18th September 2020

Wonderful read
What a wonderful read this was. As I explained in a previous conversation, I have a very good friend who lived there for many years and has persuaded me to visit once the pandemic is over. While reading your blog I felt like I was there with you.
17th September 2020

Words and pictures ...
... come together beautifully for another chapter in your Moroccan journey. You must keep a wonderful travel log to retain the memories of so many sights, sounds and experiences.
17th September 2020

Words and pictures
Thanks, Lesley. I try to write down the day's activities in my travel journal everyday if I'm not exhausted, but I also fill in some gaps by looking at all my photos which I take tons of. Plus, I guess travel is so important to me that I just remember a lot of details. My husband always jokes, "how can you remember that!" I might not remember where I just put my reading glasses, but I can remember small details of a trip usually.
17th September 2020

Essaouira... oh my heart!
Sylvia, I can't tell you how much I loved reading this. You have captured the ambiance of the place so beautifully. We absolutely loved our few days in this amazing spot and could so easily return for a much longer stay. Your words took me right back and I felt I was walking those lanes, ports, squares and ramparts once again... looking in the shops, patting kitties, feeling that strong salty breeze and wondering where we should eat! :)
17th September 2020

Essaouira...oh my heart!
RENanDREW, your comments are far too kind but so much appreciated! I remember from your own Morocco blogs how much you enjoyed your time in Essaouira. I liked nearly all the places we visited on this trip, but I wished we could have had just another day or two in Essaouira to enjoy all that it had to offer and because it was my favorite!
16th September 2020

I loved Essaouira too ...
... but sadly being on crutches I didn't get to explore properly. It's great to see it through your eyes :) I like the sound of the shops you went to and really enjoyed seeing your colourful photos!
16th September 2020

I loved Essaouira too ...
Thanks, Sarah! Essaouira was my favorite place for the reasons I mentioned and I'm glad we had a good amount of free time there. I think It's such a shame you were on crutches when you visited here. If I remember correctly you still saw a lot while in country. I actually hope I can return to Morocco one day, but like you say, there's still so many new places to see. Thanks for your visit!
16th September 2020

Essaouira
I've heard so many good things about Essaouira that I'm not surprised that you fell under its spell Sylvia. Your posts are always like a picture essay, which I have to admit, I'm a sucker for :-)
16th September 2020

Essaouira
Thanks for your visit and the kind words, Malcolm. Essaouira has a decidedly different feel than every other place we had been to in Morocco. It's difficult to pinpoint, but I really believe it has something to do with being next to the ocean and how that makes people feel. We didn't explore the modern side of the city because the old medina is where all the historical character and charm are. I really hope you enjoyed this blog!
12th September 2020

Essaouira
Ah, Essaouira! Definitely one of my favourite places in Morocco! I look forward to reading about it. Wonderful to read about the process of Argan oil production, and your cooking class 😊 Well done on producing your own Moroccan feast 😃
13th September 2020

Essaouira
Thanks for your visit, Alex. I love travel days where there's a number of varied things to do --- this day being one of them. I have to give the tour company a lot of credit for the itinerary they put together!

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