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Essaouira

Morocco, 17. December 2017
Day 9 - An earlyish start today. I asked to see if we could leave our 2 large duffel bags at the Riad as we didn't need them in Essaouria and we would be coming back to Marrakech for the remainder of our stay in a couple of days anyway. He said it would be fine which was a big relief for us. We had to go back to our original Riad for breakfast which was by far the the best breakfast since we've been here, Pain au Chocolat, pancakes and a Pistachio flavoured yogurt which was one of the best things I've ever tasted!! A taxi ride to bus station and we were in luck, there was a bus leaving in 5mins. It was the comfort bus though which cost us an extra 30 dirham each, but for comfy chairs that reclined and wifi you couldn't complain. It was roughly a 3 hour journey with a 20min stop about half way. The scenery didn't disappoint either, a very bleak and baron landscape followed by lush green wooded areas with Orange plantations. It was very bizarre, but not the most bizarre thing we would see. I had heard of the famous 'Goats that climb trees' I just wasn't sure where abouts it was was when all of a sudden the bus decided to slow down nearly to a stop when I saw a tree full of goats! To me my life felt complete! We arrived in Essaouria which was as windy as I heard it was and walked to our Hotel about 5 min walk. Essaouria is a very small relaxed city compared to Marrakech which suited me and Leanne just right. Being able to walk down the streets and actually look at stuff without being hassled was very nice. We had dinner in this tiny little square which just had restaurants and we decided to the little sea shack on the side where the waiter genuinely looked like a pirate. Leanne had just had a couple of fish balls from a little stand, she had a shrimp ball and Cuttlefish ball which she made me try and I did! Very proud moment for me as I hate fish, I didn't enjoy it too much either. When sat waiting for dinner we noticed 4 tiny kittens playing in the restaurant which gave us much entertainment as they were very cute, I did wonder if we potentially could take one! I asked the pirate waiter and he said that they actually belonged to the restaurant which came to a bit of a surprise, because Essaouria seemed to have the most cats and dogs on the street I've ever seen in a city before. So far so good, we both really like it here and we have a full day tomorrow here, mainly on the beach as the beach is beautiful and then got for an explore and see the ancient walls where scenes from that little show which I doubt many people have heard of 'Game of Thrones' was filmed.

Essaouira

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