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ESSAOUIRA - A CHARMING FISHING VILLAGE IN MOROCCO

6 Week Trip


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OUR TRIP TO THE SAHARA DESERT WITH HABIB, BORN AND BRED
BERBER NOMAD WAS PHONOMINAL! I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE
TO SHARE MY APPRECIATION FOR ALL THAT HE DID FOR US :)

HABIB IS A BERBER NOMAD WHO GREW UP IN M'HAMID ON THE
EDGE OF THE SAHARA DESERT. HE USES HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THIS
PART OF MOROCCO TO SHARE WITH TOURISTS LIKE US.

OUR TRIP WAS LIKE A GIFT FROM A LOCAL AND NOT JUST PAYING
TO BE SHOWN AROUND. IT WAS SPECIAL.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING MY STORY YOU WILL ALREADY
KNOW THAT HABIB WAS THE MOST AMAZING HOST.
NOT ONLY DID HE KNOW ALL THE SHORT ROUTES, BUT HE ALSO
MADE OUR TRIP EXTRA SPECIAL - LIKE MEETING A BERBER NOMAD FAMILY
AND SHARING MINT TEA IN THEIR CAVE.
LIKE SHARING A MOROCCAN FEAST ON THE FLOOR OF HIS
FAMILY'S LIVING ROOM IN M'HAMID ON THE EDGE OF THE SAHARA.
LIKE TAKING US TO HIS CAMPS IN THE SAHARA AND MAKING A BED
SO THAT WE COULD SLEEP UNDER THE STARS.
AND MUCH MORE......

IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT MY SAHARA DESERT
TRIP PAGES.... AND YOU ARE THINKING OF DOING SOMETHING
SIMILAR.... THEN PLEASE DO HAVE A LOOK.

SO HABIB.... IF YOU READ THIS.... I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A BIG
THANK YOU TO YOU, HAITE YOUR ADMINISTRATOR, YOUR
EXTENDED FAMILY AND YOUR DEAR WIFE WHO WAS A
PLEASURE TO MEET :) xx

~~oOo~~

TODAY..... WE WERE HEADED OUT TO OUR FIRST VIEW OF THE
NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN.

OUR DESTINATION ESSAOUIRA IS A CHARMING FISHING VILLAGE
RIGHT ON THE COAST.

HABIB, EVER SURPRISING WAS DRESSED TODAY IN WESTERN
JEANS AND TOP. I SUPPOSE THAT HERE HE DOESN'T HAVE TO
ADVERTISE THAT HE IS A BERBER NOMAD.

WE HEADED OUT OF MARRAKECH THROUGH BUSY SUBURBS,
AND NEW SUBURBS.

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ON THE WAY WE STOPPED MOMENTARILY TO TAKE A FEW
PHOTOS OF GOATS IN TREES.

YES THE LOCALS HAVE MANY INGENIOUS IDEAS ON HOW TO
SCROUNGE OUR TOURIST DOLLARS.

I HAD ACTUALLY SEEN THIS BEFORE IN MY RESEARCH SO I
KNEW IT WAS A TOUIST SCAM. THE LOCALS PLACE THEIR
GOATS STRATEGICALLY IN TREES AND THEN CHARGE TOURISTS
LIKE US THAT STOP FOR A UNIQUE PICTURE.

HABIB.... EVER THE SMART.... 'I'M ON TO YOU ..... SCAMMER.'
PULLED UP...... WOUND DOWN THE WINDOWS.....
WE SHOT OFF A FEW QUICK PHOTOS.... AND WE WERE ON OUR
WAY :))

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I GUESS YOU HAVE TO BE SELECTIVE IN TO WHOM YOU GIVE
YOUR TOURIST DOLLARS TO.
HERE.... OVERLOOKING ESSAOUIRA... WE STOPPED BRIEFLY
TO HAVE OUR PHOTO TAKEN WITH A CAMEL. NOT THAT WE
HADN'T BEFORE.... BUT THIS LOOKED LIKE A GOOD CHANCE
TO HAVE A GOOD PHOTO.

AND SURE ENOUGH.... WE MANAGED TO HAVE THIS NICE GUY
TAKE OUR PHOTOS THAT LOOK PRETTY GOOD :)

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AND CHEERS TO YOU TOO MATE.... SORRY, DIDN'T GRAB YOUR
NAME.

ESSAOUIRA

THANKS TO ANGELA (angiebabe on virtualtourist) FOR THE TIP :)
WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR DAY OUT TO ESSAOUIRA... ARRANGED
AT THE LAST MINUTE.

THIS QUAINT LITTLE FISHING VILLAGE IS WELL KNOWN FOR THE
FISH MARKETS IN THE HARBOUR, A WELL PRESERVED FORTRESS
ON THE ROCKS, NICE VILLAGE MARKETS AND PLENTY OF CAFES
AND RESTAURANTS TO ENJOY A LONG ALL AFTERNOON LUNCH.

FISH MARKETS

SELF EXPLANATORY. WE ENJOYED A SLOW STROLL AROUND THE
BUZZ OF ACTIVITY HERE. BIG TRAWLERS WERE COMING AND
GOING LIKE US AUSSIES CALL PITT STREET SYDNEY ;)

FRESH FISH BEING PREPARED FOR SALE AND PLENTY OF
BATERING HAPPENING. PLUS SOUNDS WHICH REMINDED ME OF
A HOUSE AUCTION. ALL HAPPENING AT THE HARBOUR
FISH MARKETS IN ESSAOUIRA :)

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MORE MARKETS

I ENJOYED A WANDER THROUGH THE MARKETS HERE. THERE
WERE NO HARASSING HAGGLERS LIKE IN MARRAKECH. WE WERE
ABLE TO BROUSE WITHOUT ANYONE HASTLING US.

I BOUGHT QUITE A FEW GARMENTS. A COUPLE OF BATIK ALL IN
ONE JUMP SUITS WHICH I STILL WEAR WHEN I WANT TO BE
COMFORTABLE :) ALSO A COUPLE OF WHAT WE CALL 'POO CATCHER
PANTS' LOL. YOU KNOW.... THE ONES WHERE THE CRUTCH IS WAY
DOWN LOW. HEY.... STOP LAUGHING. I LOVE THEM ;)

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OH AND I SAW A COUPLE OF CD'S THAT I RECOGNISED....

TINARIWEN

I BOUGHT A COUPLE OF CD'S AND HUBBY AND I ENJOY LISTENING
TO THEM ON OUR ROAD TRIPS BECAUSE THEY HOLD SPECIAL
MEMORIES OF SPEEDING THROUGH THE SAHARA DESERT TO
AMAZING LOCAL MUSIC :)

IMAGINE....... FANGING THROUGH THE DESERT.... HABIB HAD THE
MUSIC TURNED UP .... AND WAS PLAYING THE TUNE ON HIS STEERING WHEEL...

I WAS IN THE BACK SEAT.... PLAYING THE MUSIC ON MY KNEE LOL ;)

ALL WHILST SPEEDING TOWARDS THE GREAT DUNES OF CHEGAGA!
THIS MUSIC ADDS TO THE VIVID MEMORIES OF OUR WONDERFUL TRIP
TO THE SAHARA :)

CLER ACHEL

MATADJEM YINMIXAN

TIME FOR LUNCH.

RESTAURANT RAMSESS

BEING IN A FISHING VILLAGE, WE WERE ITCHING FOR SOME FRESH
SEAFOOD. AHHHH..... RESTAURANT RAMSESS.

FOOD WAS GOOD AND TASTY..... HOWEVER I AM AFRAID THAT FRESH
PRAWNS ARE FAR BETTER.

WE REALLY ARE SPOILT IN AUSTRALIA FOR OUR FRESH SEAFOOD.

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THE SCALA KASBAH

BUILT IN 1765 BY A FRENCH ARCHITECT AS PROTECTION FROM THE SEA.
THE FORTRESS WALLS HAVE CANONS WHICH ARE A MIXTURE OF
PORTUGESE, SPANISH AND DUTCH.

I THOUGHT THAT THIS KASBAH WAS VERY WELL PRESERVED.
I PARTICULARLY LIKED THE STONE WORK. IT MADE FOR SOME NICE PHOTOS.

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WE WATCHED SOME TEENAGE BOYS FISHING OFF THE ROCKS FOR A WHILE.
I THINK THE CONDITIONS WERE A BIT TOO WINDY TO CATCH ANYTHING.
EVEN THE SEAGULLS LOOKED A BIT PUT OUT BY ALL THAT WIND.

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HUBBY SPENT A BIT OF TIME TRYING TO GET THAT GREAT OCEAN
WAVE ACTION :)

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AND LOOKING BACK AND UP I SPOTTED WHAT LOOKED LIKE A
GREAT PLACE TO STAY. IMAGINE THE VIEW THEY WOULD HAVE!!!

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WE HAD A BIT OF TIME BEFORE HABIB PICKED US UP.
WE VENTURED ACROSS THE ROAD TO A CAFE WITH BEACH
VIEWS AND HAD A COUPLE OF BEERS WHILST WATCHING THE
LOCALS PLAY FOOTY ON THE BEACH, AND SOME BOATING.

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ON THE WAY BACK TO MARRAKECH WE STOPPED BRIEFLY TO
TAKE SOME PICTURES OF AN AMAZING SUNSET!!
BEFORE REACHING MARRAKECH AFTER DARK.

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WE HAD BOOKED THE IBIS HOTEL WHICH IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR
TO THE TRAIN STATION AS WE WERE PLANNING TO HEAD BY TRAIN
TO OUR LAST DESTINATION IN MOROCCO.

HABIB OFFERED INSTEAD TO TAKE US. WOW! COOL!
EXCEPT ON THE WAY BACK A LAST MINUTE FAMILY SITUATION
CAME UP AND HABIB COULD NOT TAKE US.
SO HE ARRANGED TO HAND OVER TO ONE OF HIS STAFF TO
DRIVE US.

SO WE UNFORTUNATELY HAD TO SAY OUR GOODBYES :(
BUT I SAY IT IS NEVER GOODBYE. THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT TIME :)

THE IBIS WAS CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE.
IF YOU PLAN A TRAIN TRIP HERE AND WANT TO BE NEAR
THE TRAIN STATION, THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND THE IBIS.
IF YOU ARE A TRAIN BUFF.... THEN ALL THE BETTER :)

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SPECIAL MEMORY...
COLLAGE OF HABIB.

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NEXT STOP AND LAST IN MOROCCO - CASABLANCA.
JUST ONE DAY OF RELAXATION BEFORE FLYING TO SPAIN FOR
THE LAST 2 WEEKS OF OUR BIG 6 WEEK TRIP.

Posted by aussirose 01:48 Archived in Morocco Tagged trees travellerspoint fishing beach in village morocco essaouira goats songs 2011 aussirose tinariwen

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A lovely tribute to Habib. If ever we go back to Morocco I will certainly contact you for his details (I only wish I knew about him before our much less successful day out of Marrakesh last year!)

And seeing Essaouira with you is a bit of a treat too, as we came here just after I broke my foot on our previous trip to Marrakesh. I was determined the holiday wouldn't be a total washout and I did love this place but of course I could only see a fraction of it.

by ToonSarah

Thanks for dropping by Sarah :) Yes any trip with Habib is well worth it.
Hugs.

by aussirose

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