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Jorf Barmil

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  • Day94

    Die Küstenstadt Essaouira

    December 5, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Auf unserem Weg Richtung Casablanca legten wir einen Zwischenstop im kleinen Küstenstadt Essaouira ein. Schon unser erster Host in Genf hat von diesem Ort geschwärmt und wir wurden nicht enttäuscht. Essaouira hat einen sehr entspannten und entschleunigenden Charme. Obwohl das Örtchen eigentlich berühmt für Kitesurfing ist, war es die drei Tage die wir dort verbrachten ziemlich windstill und leider auch ziemlich wellenarm. Deshalb haben wir die Zeit genutzt, um....
    .... zu entspannen!
    .... wieder gesund zu werden (Christoph)!
    .... am Strand entlang zu spazieren!
    .... zum Friseur zu gehen, nachdem meine Haare so lang waren, dass ich mir am Gasherd im letzten Hostel aus Versehen eine Strähne versenkt habe 😅 (echt witzig nur mir Google Translator, aber ich bin voll zufrieden!)
    .... mal wieder ein paar Filme zu schauen.
    .... und uns auf unsere bevorstehende Ägyptenreise vorzubereiten ✈️
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  • May6

    Essaouira

    May 6, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    A 3 and a half hour bus ride from Marrakech brought us to Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. We knew we were going to like it as soon as we stepped off the bus, the air is much cleaner and cooler with the sea breeze, the white painted town is beautiful and the atmosphere is much more relaxed and easy-going. Essaouira, which used to be called Mogador, has a reputation as a hippy town, popular for water sports and once home to Jimi Hendrix.
    We did some exploring of the old Medina, where there are still hundreds of little shops on tiny streets but without the motorbikes which were always racing around Marrakesh which makes it much quieter and more chilled out. We had a falafel wrap from a little street food place and walked down to the fishing port to see the old city walls and all the little blue boats. Vera had an encounter with a live Lobster which was a little closer than she would have liked.
    In the evening we sat outside a restaurant for some dinner and mint tea and did some people watching. Ramadan is more noticeable here, most of the little shops close up just before sunset so that the people can break their fast as soon as the mosques start the call.
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  • May9

    Essaouira - Port and City wall

    May 9, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    In our last morning in Essaouira we spent some time at the Port, checking out the local fish market where (for a change) no one tried to sell anything to us. Extremely strong fish smell and lots and lots of seagulls. Then we headed up to the city wall built by the Portugese for some great views before going back to the riad to pick up our bags.
    Our bus was to Agadir but we were told to ask the driver whether he can drop us of at Tagazhout to save some time. (It is around 40 minutes north of Agadir.) He agreed to it so 2,5hrs later we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere by the main road to walk the last bit off to Taghazout. We had a couple of hours before sunset to go to the beach so Tom could dip in for the first time.
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  • Day5

    El Jadida e Essaouira

    April 14, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Deixamos Casablanca para trás em direção à cidadela portuguesa em El Jadida, património mundial da UNESCO. Campos de cereais, cultivados à mão e com arados puxados a cavalo ou burro, separam as duas cidades. Ainda é possível ver alguns acampamentos nómadas nesta planura sem fim. Rapazes montados nos seus cavalos ou burritos parecem atarefados neste domingo de manhã.
    É um sítio interessante, Mazagão - El Jadida agora. A cisterna portuguesa é imensa e acumulava água da chuva, num depósito abobadado de 34mx 34m, com uma profundidade a rondar os três metros. É um local belo e silencioso. Temos um ancião vestido de branco a explicar-nos a descoberta recente e o funcionamento deste tesouro português - 1906. O forno comunitário também nos é mostrado por um marroquino. Continuam a cozer o pão para as famílias que vivem na cidadela. Os panos de louça em cada tabuleiro de madeira definem a família que os virá recolher. Só é pena que estes guias fiquem maldispostos de imediato se não concluirmos a visita com uns dirham... Mas a cidade vale a pena a vinda e a vista para o mar, a partir dos baluartes portugueses, é magnífica.
    Separam-nos ainda mais de duzentos quilómetros de Essaouira. A temperatura ronda os 34 graus na autoestrada. A paisagem fica cada vez mais castanha, a assemelhar-se ao Alentejo em pleno verão. O país parece empobrecer a cada quilómetro. Toda a gente parece andar de burro e ainda vemos muitas terras a serem lavradas com a sua ajuda. Os arados são de lâmina simples, encavados nuns barrotes tortos de madeira. Em contrapartida, temos que ultrapassar enfardadeiras gigantes nas estradas que ondulam ao sabor das searas.
    Assim que entramos em Essaouira a maresia invade-nos e a maré baixa deixa todos os veraneantes à vontade para desfrutar da praia até bem depois do pôr-do-sol.
    Nada melhor do que terminar o dia a comer uns camarões e um linguado grelhados nos restaurantes dos pescadores ao pé do porto, seguida de uma volta pela atarefada Medina que começou a esmorecer lá para a meia-noite...
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  • Day10

    Essouira: die blaue Stadt

    October 10, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Nach der langen Rückfahrt von der Sahara habe ich einen Tag darauf die nächste Tour nach Essouira gemacht, die Stadt liegt idyllisch an der Küste Marokkos. Auf dem Weg hierher konnte man überall Ziegen auf Bäumen sehen, ein komischer Anblick, würde man es den Tieren doch gar nicht zutrauen. Auch konnte man sich auf dem Hinweg ein Bild von der Arganöl Produktion machen.Read more

  • Day7

    Essaouria

    November 1, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Nach unserem Aufenthalt in Casablanca, wendeten wir uns von Hektit und Trubel ab und fuhren gleich am Morgen weiter Richtung Süden in das kleine Fischerdorf Essaouira.

    Essaouira ist ein verhältnismäßig moderner Ort direkt an der Küste mit kleinem Fischerhafen, langem Sandstrand und einer sehr gemütlichen Medina. Trotz vieler Touristen ist die Atmosphäre eher entspannt und ruhiger als in den großen Städten.

    Auf unserem Weg von Casablanca nach Essaouira fuhren wir entlang der Küste. Wir nutzen das wunderschöne warme Wetter und machten einen Stop an einem verlassenen sehr schönen Sandstrand um ein wenig marokkanische Bräune zu bekommen. Einen weiteren Stop machten wir zum Essen in Safi, die Stadt mit einem der größten Häfen in Marokko und bekannt für ihre Fischer, dementsprechend wurden wir auch blöd angeschaut als wir 2 Gerichte mit Hähnchen bestellten, die extra für uns von auswertig geholt werden mussten. Das erklärte auch den für Marokko doch sehr saftigen Preis. Gut gestärkt ging es dann aber weiter nach Essaouira, treffsicher haben wir uns dort auch den teuersten Parkplatz gesucht, waren aber einfach froh angekommen zu sein da wir gefühlt den Großteil des Tages nur im Auto saßen. Also gab es Abends nur noch ein Brot mit Avovado im Zimmer und sind dann schnell eingeschlafen. Am nächsten Tag als wir zum Auto kamen sahen wir dann wie beim Einparken jemand gegen unseren Wagen fuhr, jedoch mit einer Gelassenheit als ob nichts passiert wäre grinste er nur und ging einfach seiner Wege. Hoffentlich kriegen wir keine Probleme mit der Autovermietung.
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  • Day32

    A long stay in Essaouira

    January 1, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Next stop is some summer sun on the beach at Essaouira and a Norfolk reunion with Pete, who has flown out to see me between Christmas and new year.

    So after a quick catch up on news, we get our priorities sorted and look for a place to show the Liverpool v Man City game. We end up in this back street bar watching the game and get speaking to a Senegalese guy called Adam. We buy him a couple of drinks as we hear about Senegal and how he is in Morocco as a musician. Through broken franglais, a couple of small beers and an hour of time it seems Adam is now our lifelong friend.  After then buying him dinner and seeing where he lives and quite firmly refusing to tell him where we are staying, we still can't decide if he is really friendly, scrounging, or a bit dodgy. After seeing him play a terrible rendition of 'jamming' by Bob Marley we decide he is mixture of the first 2 options. So harmless, but we can see that if he sees us we will not lose him for the whole day.  So for the next 3 days in Essaouira we play this ridiculous game where we pick our routes to wander based on if we can see (or are likely to see) Adam.

    I also learnt from Pete the way to deal with persistent shop owners trying to sell you stuff is to just say "je suis russe". Most of the shop owners speak Arabic, Berber, French, English, Spanish and German...but not Russian. However Pete's pasty skin allows him to pass for Russian, but for me they all just speak to me in Spanish.
     
    Finally I need to apologise to Pete as the last couple of days I was a bit rubbish having got a mild mixture of heat stroke, manflu and dodgy stomach. I finally left the picturesque but tiny town 6 days after I arrived! I never want to suffer the nervousness that is a cold / dodgy stomach mixture. Every sneeze felt like a risk!
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  • Day21

    Chaim Pinto Synagogue

    January 11 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    The Chaim Pinto Synagogue, an historic site in Essaouira, Morocco, formerly known as Mogador, Morocco, was the home and synagogue of Rabbi Chaim Pinto. Although there is no longer a Jewish community in Essaouira, the building is an active synagogue, used when pilgrims or Jewish tour groups visit the city.Read more

  • Day21

    Thuya tree

    January 11 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    The handcrafted goods made from the Thuya tree, a rare hardwood with a delicious fragrance that can only be found in this part of Morocco.

    The Thuya (Araar) is a genus of evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family Cupressaceae, containing only one species, Tetraclinis articulata, also known as Sandarac or the Barbary thuja, endemic to the western Mediterranean region. It's native to northwestern Africa.

    Thuya Burl. Thuya wood (pronounced two-ya) is from the Thuya tree (Tetraclinis articulata in Latin, and Araar in Moroccan). This biblical tree is a conifer from the cedar family, and is exclusively native to Morocco. ... The burl has a deeper color, a more concentrated aroma, and a fascinating grain.
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  • Day34

    Essouria, Morocco

    May 12, 2016 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    What a nice place this is. Staying at a riad called Chakir in the Medina. It is a really nice place and close and handy.
    Did a tour with the group and guide of the city, this was a good experiance.
    One of the places we went and had a drink at and I highly recommend is Taros near the water. We sat on the very top and wathced the sunset. It was cold and they gave us ponchos to wear which obviously encouraged us to stay longer. The beer was on the dearer side but not unreasonable. The atmosphere was great with live music playing as well.
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