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Jan 26, 2018 - Essaouira

Day 12 - Friday 26th January We’ve decided not to stay on in Marrakesh for another night but to move on out to the coast again to Essaouira. Before leaving though we headed out early, too early as it happened, to try & log a couple of geocaches in the souk behind the square. The whole place was pretty deserted at 8am as we entered the warren of alleys in the souk. All the shops that had been overflowing with their wares last night were closed and apart from the odd person or donkey cart we were all alone in the dark alleyways as we...

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Jan 14, 2018 - Laid back on the Atlantic

Essaouria is a laid back city of about 90,000. We arrived in time for a spectacular sunset and a good Moroccan dinner featuring live musicians who would now and then leap into action as dancers. The dance steps reminded me of hip hop. We sat next to our leader during dinner. What impressed me was how he ate his fish: he ate literally everything of the fish except the bones with no utensil aid. I had never seen anything like it and was inwardly happy I had ordered beef tagene. Our leader Mohamed (his spelling) is of Berber descent. As his...

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Second Time Around

Oct 14, 2017 - To the seaside--Essaouira

Saying good bye to Marrakech, we headed out this morning around 8:30. As we near the end of the tour, it seems like it's gone really fast! We drove through the countryside, stopping a couple of times for bathroom/rest breaks. Lunch was on our own at a roadside stop. I'd made a sandwich at breakfast so had that but did buy some cookies for the bus. As we came toward the coastal area, the landscape changed again to areas of dry sand mixed in with lush irrigated green spots. Our first tourist stop of the day was to take pictures of the...

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Oct 8, 2017 - Sunday Oct. 8: Essaouira

Oct. 8, Sunday My hotel room was very loud last night… street noise for Sat. night partying. But I really did not care… I felt a part of Morocco!!! Fell asleep around 1 am, to be wakened around 6 by the early calling to the Mosque. I will try to capture the sound tomorrow morning!!! It lasted over 30 minutes. We took an early morning walk around 7, to capture the beautiful light and watch the town and waterfront awake. We met a nice man who spoke good English, and wanted to practice. I learned all about boat construction: Eucalipse wood for...

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Oct 7, 2017 - Essaouira, Morocco

Travel to Morocco was without incident. The planes were on time and I was met by our driver (pronounced… E-Mad) around 1 pm. His English is very good, and we have a great 14 passvan/bus to take us around Morocco. I checked into our hotel, and have a wonderful room… about a mile away from the front desk. I sunned and floated around one of the two great pools, and had a Casablanca beer, while I waited for the other 3 in my group to appear. Vicki, Terri and leader Karen arrived about 5. We decided to dine in the snack bar at 6 and go to bed...

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May 21, 2017 - Marrakech to Essaouira

Copy and paste the link into your browser to see photos. https://goo.gl/photos/vbyUocuenfhoMcEC7 Saturday 20th May. Away from Marrakech on a fantastic and very cheap toll road to Essaouira. Easy for our drivers, but quite dull compared to the scenery on the way to Marrakech. The one completely and utterly amazing thing we did see (and we stopped on the hard shoulder as others had done in front of us) was goats that climb trees to feed....that was such an incredible thing to witness. We were all so so glad we had seen it and it's one of the...

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May 19, 2017 - Essaouira

Friday 19th May 2017, Essaouira The Windy City was again ...... windy. We had a morning city tour and were glad to finish. There are lots of fishing boats here so I guess fish must be a local industry too. All boats were in and fishermen doing on shore tasks, as - you guessed, there was too much wind. Plenty of kite surfers out though. We thought of buying a carpet as a memory of our trip. There are more carpets here than grains of sand in the universe. We thought something traditional would be good. Too hard. We have no idea so spent...

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May 18, 2017 - Marrakesh to Essaouira

Thursday 18th may 2017, Marrakesh to Essaouira This was an easy day. Late start, straight roads and plenty of stops. Each town we approach the guide gives us brief description of local activities and sights and then whether it is a poor or rich city. The city we had lunch in was described as poor. Chris and I are trying to give up lunch so we walked instead. Yes it was a very poor town. Beat up cars, so much dust, rubbish, dilapidated buildings and cars from 50 years ago that had not been maintained. People were friendly though. Nearly...

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Oct 23, 2016 - Marrakesh-Essaouira-Casablanca

23 October: Yesterday we passed through the area where most of the argan oil is produced. We stopped at one of the many women's cooperatives where we were shown how the nuts are prepared and ground along with the products, both cosmetic and culinary, they produce. We were able to sample the products and both of us really liked Amlou - the Moroccan version of peanut butter: ground argan nuts combined with honey from the argan flowers. We arrived in Essaouira on the Atlantic coast around lunch time. Our hotel overlooked the main beach; it...

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Sep 27, 2016 - Seaport of Essaouira (formerly known as Morgador)

A nice long walk occupied us today starting out for the ramparts which is where the Game of Thrones was filmed. It is closed for repair to the aging bricks-a total bummer for us as we were really hoping to see this particular spot. Oh well, we headed for the Scala or the where the old Portuguese canons are pointed out to sea. They could not be moved for the filming, so they built the set over the top but still kept very true to how it looks normally. We still got a few photos from a distance of the spot called Astapor where Daenarys sets...

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Sep 26, 2016 - Eve Branson Foundation and arriving in Essaouira

John and I spent several hours with the local director of the Foundation, Barbara, and visiting 2 of the programs. The first is one of the newest ventures-a woodworking program for boys. They have completed their training and are now starting to produce a variety of items to sell in craft markets. Several of the boys were there and eager to see who was interested in what they are doing. This program is housed in the barn that was originally used for the cashmere goats that Eve Bronson brought from northern England to provide wool for a...

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Nov 28, 2014 - Essaouira

I did not talk to you about roads and driving here in Morocco ... big challenge again ! And, by the way to end with my thought about unknown situations, this is what I look for in such trip. So driving here is also a question of nnégociation. There is no real limit for the lanes, between the street and the street side and there are many king of vehicules and plus orinus quantity of light du ring the night on cars. There are very big holes also and when there is a signal you have already discovered it by yourself. Roundabouts could be like...

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