May 10th – Essaouira, Morocco
A full day of free time in Essaouira to explore to our hearts content – and it rained. No, wait, it poured…
But, there were some breaks in-between the cloud bursts and we headed out twice to walk the streets and narrow back alleyways. I have become enchanted by this seaside artist enclave and both Tim and I could see us returning to spend a week or two here. Perhaps renting an Airbnb in or near the medina.
As much as we loved Marrakesh and the desert, this may be our favorite place in Morocco. For those who are considering a trip here, please make sure Essaouira is on the itinerary as many of the tours do not include it. If you did not read yesterdays post, we shared a lot more pictures and impressions. Check it out here.
I was looking for a small wooden box that I could put on a night table beside my bed. I wanted something large enough to hold the argan oil and lotion I had purchased the day before, but would be out of sight and out of the light during the day.
We had so many amazing boxes to choose from, but like Goldilocks, it had to be “just right”. I wanted some black in it, an inlay pattern with burl on all sides, not just the top, deep enough to hold the products, but not too large that it would take up too much room on the night stand. And of course, the price needed to be reasonable!
I am very pleased with my find. It even has some mother of pearl in the design, with a tray which I will remove and a lock with key. The pleasant young man who helped us explained that it took three full days to make. The grand total???? All of $30! Such a bargain and I was able to make room for it in my luggage.
I have done more shopping on this trip than on the last 10 combined, but I am delighted with my purchases; fossil plate, fossil pendant, silver and blue stone necklace, argan oil products and now this box.
I have not really mentioned the cats much on my posts, but suffice it to say that there are cats EVERYWHERE in Morocco. Almost every shop has at least one, and about one in three doorways you will find a cat crouched down waiting for his or her
owner roommate to return.
What I have loved seeing is that the cats are friendly and not shy with strangers. They are right at home here and part of the family, landscape, and city. They are treated with kindness by everyone. Fed by many and mostly sleek and healthy looking.
I took dozens of cat pictures through out our time here, but of course it was the kittens who always captured my attention.
Our friend John loves different doors, and I know he would be ecstatic here. Everywhere you look, there is a different size, color, texture, pattern and design. Here are just a few we snapped today.
But in this artist village, you can expect to find freedom of expression everywhere, whether through painting or graffiti.
Back at our hotel, we climbed to the roof terrace for a quick look at the view. We are only a couple of blocks from the ocean and inside the medina. Perfect location! In warmer (and drier) weather I could certainly envision having a glass of wine up here and enjoying the setting.
This evening, we shared a glass of wine and a light dinner while viewing a Gnawa music performance and dance.
Overnight: Hotel Dar L’Oussia, Essaouira
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for freedom of expression. How often I am entertained, enamored, shocked, uplifted, soothed, or have my day brightened by the talented and imaginative people who share their artistic creations with us.