Catch of the Day
Essouira is a busy,noisy working Port and when the daily catch comes in, it's fascinating bedlam. While walking around I saw these men bringing their catch of the day on a wheel barrow, one was full of sharks and the other was full of the Swaordfish?? they then stopped at a wall, another group of men came and then they started bargaining. They were seriously doing business, somehow I felt they did not want me around. This man bought this fish I don't know if this is a Sword fish but it was huge and seemed very heavy. I asked if I could take a picture, I was allowed to take 2, i took this one and the other one was of a Sharks head. At the fishing docks the people do not want to be photographed especially the women.
Greedy Sea Gull
The first thing you first notice when you enter the gate to harbor in Essaouira are the Sea Gulls. Hundreds of them but somehow it does not seem to bother the fishermen, they just go on doing whatever they are doing. Despite the abundance of fish, the seagulls stay a respectful distance,they wait until the waste is thrown away then they just dive down or walk to get their beaks full. This Sea Gull's eyes was bigger than his beak, he was having a problem swallowing his lunch.
Photo 3 The Fishermen
After a few tries they finally was able to pickup the whole bundle and bring it to the boat, this whole procedure took a long time,I stayed around because I was curious how they would accomplish this task. In the men time I took different pictures, there was always something going on near by. This is a short story of a fisherman's day at Essouira.
The fishermen of...Es
Photo1... This colorful smelly fishing port of Essouira with rows of deep blue boats bob in unison, and miles of red fishing net sit in large lumps along the wall where fisherman rest, repair and catch up. I was amazed to see all these men so hard at work. While I was just hanging around watching and I saw this man pulling and tugging with this enormous fish net, what I did not see at the moment was that 3 other men were doing the same...............
Honest Working Fishin
Just outside the old walled city of Essaouira, past the orange juice stalls lies the fishing Port of Skala. Rows of deep blue boats bob in unison and miles of Red fishing net sit in large lumps along the wall where fisherman rest, repair and catch up. The harbor is open in the middle filled with all sizes of boats and hugged by two piers reaching out on either side, wide and long and full of fishermen at work. It was a bit misty when i took this picture.
Sundown on Essaouira'
The sun had just set on Essaouira's beautiful beach. The two men you see on horses are beach patrol policemen, they patrol all day. In the evenings you see many people (locals especially) taking walks on the beach. Here two women just sitting having a chat under the public showers.
Ait Ben Haddou
Located in the foothills on the southern slopes of the High Atlas in the Province of Ouarzazate,is the site of Ait-Ben-Haddou, the most famous ksar in the Ounila Valley. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986 The Ksar of Aït-Ben-Haddou is a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. It was the perfect location for filming many famous movies, "Laurance of Arabia 1962","Jesus of Nazareth" (1977),"Jewel of the Nile" (1985),"The Sheltering Sky" (1990), "Kundun" (1997), The Gladiators and many more. The Maleh River (meaning Salted River) runs in front. At the time that I was there the river was very dry, you an see the river bedding in the foreground.
The South Fountain Of
The Fontaines de la Concorde are two monumental fountains located in the Place de la Concorde in the center of Paris. They were designed by Jacques Ignace Hittorff, and completed in 1840 during the reign of King Louis-Philippe. The south fountain commemorates the maritime commerce and industry of France, and the north fountain commemorates navigation and commerce on the rivers of France. This is the South Fountain. The Fountains in Paris originally provided drinking water for city residents, and now are decorative features in the city's squares and parks. Paris has more than three hundred fifty fountains, the oldest dating back to the 16th century. Took this photo in the blue hour.
Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) is a cabaret built in 1889 by Joseph Oller, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof. The Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world.
Camel Steak or Soup ?
Anyone with a weak stomach, don't look at this photo. While walking through the narrow streets of the souks in Fez , is like going back to the medieval age. Hard to believe only 3 hours away you are in an entirely different world. Our local guide said, come with me and you can make a great photo. When I saw this I did not want to refuse as I might offend him. I took this picture with one eye closed, my stomach churned.
Zaanse Schans the..
Zaanse Schans is a fully inhabited, open-air conservation area and museum located just a few miles north of Amsterdam. Here you can get a vivid impression of the Dutch way of life in the 17th and 18th centuries. The area consist of authentic houses, a historic shipyard, a pewter factory, a cheese and dairy farm, a age-old grocery store, clog-making demonstrations, and above all, lots of windmills. I decided to take a picture on the land side instead of the water side, the setting sun and snow on the ground gives a nice effect
Yesterday I posted photo of Bab Oudaia. When you enter the grounds of Bab Oudaia you immediately notice the Andalusian influence. Everything here reminds one of Spain, walls uniformly covered with lime, blue everywhere, the cobbled streets, the massive doors to colored moldings and wrought iron. The Kasbah Oudaia stands out within a beautiful and quiet residential area surrounded by white and blue painted houses decorated with flowers. Kasbah Oudaia has become a haven for artists, attracted by the beauty of the site as much as by its soothing tranquility.
Bab Oudaia Rabat
Bab Oudaia is the principal gateway to the Kasbah – one of the most striking sights in Rabat and certainly one of the most beautiful external Moorish monuments. The gate was built by the Almohad Sultan, Yacoub al Mansour, in 1195. Its purpose was more ceremonial than defensive, designed for a grand entrance into the Kasbah and its souks and the nearby Sultan palace. The basic feature is the arch, composed of three different designs: the basic horseshoe, a check-and-shoulder design and finally a band of geometric ornamentation.
Angry Donkey ??
The Souks in fez is like a glorious maze ,it is amazing those narrow streets and what goes through. The donkies, with baskets on both sides laden with wood shavings or other loads walks down the narrow alley, shoppers, themselves carrying bundles of the day's vegetables or a chunk of freshly slaughtered lamb, yield right of way, even horses fully laden pass through here. This Donkey however did not want anyone getting too close. I think it is a funny picture.
Todra Gorge is a canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains, near the town of Tinerhir. Both the Todra and neighbouring Dades Rivers have carved out cliff-sided canyons (Arabic: wadi) on their final 40 kilometers (25 MI) through the mountains. The last 600 meters (1,969 ft) of the Todra gorge are the most spectacular. Here the canyon narrows to a flat stony track, in places as little as 10 meters (33 ft) wide, with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 meters (525 ft) high on each side. The tiny glacier stream is something of a misfit, the river which once filled the gorge must have carried a lot more water. The scenery is spectacular,it was not easy to get all of it from top to bottom, had to go in the water.
Winter in Amsterdam..
Going back in time???? No, this was Amsterdam on Saturday 11th February 2012. Had a day out in Amsterdam with my son, it was so wonderful to see all these people having fun skating on the canals. I took this photo against the sun so the people looks look silhouettes and decided to give it a sepia tint. I think it looks like a photo from an old album.
Sunset at the Zaanse.
Zaanse Schans is a fully inhabited, open-air conservation area and museum located just a few miles north of Amsterdam. It was a beautiful winter day today, so i went there for a visit, typical Dutch winter scene with all the windmills. After having pancakes the sun was setting creating this beautiful scene.
This was one of our guides in Erg Chebbi, he was very funny always making jokes ( with eyes and hands) Before I mounted my Camel I made a few photos of the surroundings and I was just about to make a photo of him when he took off his turban and put it on his Camels head. Made a funny picture, I think.
I made this photo of this friendly happy go lucky fellow when we made stop at the Dades Valley. At the moment the bus stopped he came up to the door before we even stepped out, he was trying to sell his shawls,he had this big smile on his face, of course I asked him if I could make a photo he was very happy to do so.
Fascinating Dunes of.
Erg Chebbi dunes cover an area 30km long and around 5-10km wide. Situated near the little town of Merzouga they are renowned for their great height and size. This vast pile of sand that stretches east into the Algerian Sahara has dunes that reach heights upwards of 50 meters. The fine sands of the dunes are shaped by the winds into all kinds of fascinating ridges and patterns. Seeing this was one of the most fascinating experience of my life.
Nature's work of Art
Winter in Holland What can I write about winter that every one does not know. It can give a lot of problems, frozen pipes and windows,disrupted transportation and you need to wear lots of warm clothing but there is another side to it BEAUTY........ I took this and many other photos early Saturday morning, it was a winter wonderland.
The Dades Valley
This beautiful landscape is the Dades Valley ,a winding band of green set against a backdrop of extraordinary red rock formations. The strength of the colours will never escape your memory. The valley floor is kept green and fertile by the Dades River that flows through it giving life to a huge variety of colourful fruit and nut trees. Dadès Valley, is a valley of the Dadès River and lies between the Atlas Mountains and Anti-Atlas mountain range.
Womens Prayer Gallery
It is known that the Hassan 2 Mosque can accomodate 25.000 people, 5.000 of those are women. They are only allowed to the women's galleries which is made of beautifully carved of dark wood,cedar and beech wood lining which is painted with reddish tones to contrast with the pastel colours of the the exquisitely carved stucco. This is a photo of the stairs leading up to the Gallery.