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We spent the day exploring Essauoira, starting with the ramparts surrounding the city and gradually working our way inward on narrow streets flanked by all sorts of interesting shops including many that featured the work of local artists. The shopkeepers here are very friendly and most aren't outwardly pushy... though I've never seen so many creative strategies for trying to separate tourists from ...
... mending nets and even still trying to sell the last of the catch. Overhead is the cry of sea birds as the wild sea lashes the man made stone wall that protects the harbour. It is quite a spectacle even when things are calm. Cats and kittens look healthy as food is plentiful and they sleep on upturned boats and are not at all bothered by the sea birds. There is plenty of food for all. Eugene managed quite a feat to get us a room at a Relais and Chateaux Hotel, Heure Bleue ...
... take our chances and walk down the dark alley to see what else we could find.
Happenstance pulled us in as a bright blue light read "HOTEL". We lugged our bags inside and asked to see a room.
It was perfect. Comfortable, condensed, continental breakfast and not only a shower, but one with a tub.
In sum, don't always believe what you read. I guess it's just another lesson in journalism.
... are leaving early in the morning.
I realized that this is a pretty boring entry, sorry guys. Barring any mishaps on the way home tomorrow, this will probably be my final entry before my last entry of only photos. It means a lot to me that you kept me company along my travels. Thanks for being there and reading along!
p.s. I need a manicure and pedicure so much; it looks as if I let a camel chew on my ...
... comes from the seeds of this tree once the Argan nut is broken and digested by (or chewed and spit out by) goats. That's right, goats eat the nut, poop out the seed and women collect the seeds and cold press them like olives to make high quality oil, or heat them to make lower grades of oil. We saw it all happen. Goats. In. Trees. The photos are hilarious, but google it if you can't wait for late February when we get home. Next stop, Sidi Ifni! ...