I arrived in Essaouira earlier today. It’s a busy town; there are lots of tourists around. It’s that kind of place, the first firmly-on-the-tourist-trail location I’ve visited in Morocco.
Date || May 2, 2014
It’s nice here, a large part of the attraction I guess.
My first look at #essaouira #morocco http://t.co/X9cgC4WM4K #travel #ttot #dmbtravel #travelphotography
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Essaouira, a 60s Moroccan hippy haven, is a small town but it packs in a lot – a bustling fishing port, a lazy beach, & a late 18th-century UNESCO-listed walled medina, the town’s main event. The medina is a labyrinth of narrow streets & alleys full of shops, workshops, cafes & colourful, whitewashed houses with heavy wooden doors & clay pots. I’m here for a few more days so I have ample time to (attempt to) photograph it. I went on my initial amble this afternoon armed only with my iPod, letting myself be guided solely by sights, sounds, smells & intrigue. Surprises abound around every corner, and then some. This place is one hell of an assault on the senses. Photographing it is going to be exhausting.
– UNESCO commenting on Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador)
Date || May 3, 2014
One of the highlights of Morocco thus far has been the accommodations. Tiles & lots of colour are the definite order of the day.
Date || May 4, 2014
I was right. Essaouira is an exhausting place to photograph. I’ve had a busy last few days, a few days I’ve which I have been made to feel totally inadequate as a photographer. Be warned – Essaouira will do that to you. Here is some of what I could come up with.
More Hard Work Ahead || Marrakesh Bound
I’m leaving tomorrow, saying goodbye (for good) to the Atlantic coast. I’m heading inland to Marrakesh, about 2 hours east of here. I read up on it – Marrakesh – today while sitting in one of the many cafes I frequented here in Essaouira over the past few days. Seemingly mayhem is what Marrakesh serves up on a daily basis, a city of ’mind-boggling distractions’ according to Lonely Planet. Oh boy. That’s going to be hard work too.
One more #essaouira #breakfast before leaving for #marrakech #dmbtravel #travel #morocco pic.twitter.com/cvt3HBMA0F
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