Two days in Marrakech:
|Entrance to Maison Tiskiwin|
|Arch detail in Bahia Palace|
Then my travel companions and I set off on a three-day driving adventure to Guelmim before joining a drawing group in Essaouira.
Day One - Marrakech to Taroudant over the High Atlas:
|Driving over the Atlas mountains - an enterprising cafe |
owner has positioned an old van to hang over the cliff.
Naturally travelers stop to take pictures and have
refreshments in the cafe.
|The Hotel Palais Salam in Taroudant is set into the walls|
of the Kasbah.
Day two - Taroudant to Guelmim:
|Breakfast by the turtle pool at the Palais Salam.|
|Evening meal at Maison Nomades in Oasis Tighmert,|
just outside Guelmim.
Day three - Guelmim to Essaouira:
|Early morning visit to the camel and livestock market in |
Guelmim which is close to the border of the disputed
territory of Western Sahara. There were traders from
several countries and tribes.
|Traders wearing Jallabas|
|Lunch at Chez Josephine, just North of Agadir.|
After our arrival in Essaouira on the Atlantic coast we had six whole days to draw and have fun:
|The Port of Essaouira - from the sea wall.|
|The old jewish district in the North West corner of the medina.|
|Paint and steel on the side of a boat|
|Hand painted - small fishing boat|
|Courtyard in the medina|
|View from Cafe Glacier towards the mosque. |
(This was done on a pre-prepared page with Moroccan
newspaper and sprayed henna design.)
|Camel waiting to give a ride to a tourist like me.|
|Drawn from the back of my moving camel:|
team leader Diane on her trusty steed.
|The back of my (moving) camel's head.|
|Boz riding ahead (done from my moving camel).|
|Boat being painted|
|Early morning on the harbor: a fishing boat arrives with|
a catch of sardines. The crew stand in a semi-circle to
pull and stack the nets.
No photos allowed - my sketchbook is the only option!
|Another view of the fishing net action: the nets are being |
carefully pulled over the winch and stacked.
|A new fishing trawler being built. The wooden ribs on|
the underside are still visible.
|Looking down from the raised sea wall: fishermen hook |
the bait for the next voyage.
|Moroccan tea. The strange padded figure is in fact a|
heat-mitten for the hot handle of the tea pot. Drawn on
paper used for wrapping large cones of solid sugar.
|Young men at Cafe Glacier|
|A camel sticker, purchased from a stationery store in |
the medina, applied to a piece of vintage wallpaper
pre-pasted into my sketchbook.
|The Portuguese architectural style of the port.|
Then back to Marrakech for two days:
|Dar Mouassine - the cool dipping pool.|
|Dar Mouassine - terrace detail|
|Dar Mouassine - shadows through the window grille|
|Final night in Morocco - dinner on the terrace at Dar Mouassine.|