Hotel Les Matins Bleus
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... port and surrounding streets, huge canons leering imposingly over the city. From the round tower we were standing in, two such canons, engraved with the monogram of Carlos III, faced out towards the incoming sea, set at perpendicular angles to one another. These two canons would have been the first line of defence during an oncoming attack, and thus, our guide informed us, a clever strategy was deployed to fool the enemy into the belief that the canons were of a stronger ...
... financial success in modern Morocco. We took pics of the beautiful stone lion, (who reminded me of Charlie) which commemorates the last wild Atlas lion that was shot in the 20s. It was carved by a German POW. We drove on across the plateau, higher, the forests retreating, now gentle downs where small flocks of goats and sheep were tended by shepherds. In Ifrane Farass told us to purchase some sweets, as he was taking us to meet some friends of his, a nomadic Berber family, ...
... full of interesting little shops. We spent a couple of hours walking around, Jen finally bought her targine which she was very happy about. We met up with Hamid about 3 for a late lunch. He took us to the fish market and for an absolute highlight of our trip we chose our seafood and one of the local restaurants cooked it up and served it to us, yum! Prawns, calamari, sardines, and belt fish fresh from the market, a feast.
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5) Learn some choice words in Arabic
6) Avoid here if you have dreadlocks!!7) You absolutely have to be stern and
confident. These people WILL take advantage of you in every way
possible given the chance. DONT give them the chance.
8) Do not give into pressure
9) The local parts are so much nicer
and cheaper. You will not get hounded here.
10) TAKE A MAN!!!!!
It also didn't help that I (Rebecca) was very sick for 24 hours and ...
... create complete chaos. I wonder what they thought when all us over 40’s appeared, pitched our tents in an orderly manner and plonked ourselves down for a cup of tea?
Tim and I walked into town, had a leisurely lunch on the main square and then re-explored the old town. Nothing much had changed. Still the same quiet shady streets lined with arts and crafts shops mixed in with the occasional music store. Essaouira is a music town and host to ...