Not the kind of Monday people normally associate with blue.
Let's talk beautiful Moroccan blues.
Except for the news out of Paris this morning that fashion guru,
Yves Saint Laurent passed away. Ironic, I was going to do this
post about the coastal village Essaouira in Morroco, (About a three
hour drive from Marrakech) where the landscape changes to
white sands splashed with vivid blues.
The same vivid blue known as Majorelle Blue after the famous Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech that Yves Saint Laurent so lovingly restored. May he Rest in Peace.
Forest of Thuya wood with Essaouria in the background.
Thuya is similar to cedar in that it looks the same
and smells a bit like it. Essaouria is known for its carved
boxes and furniture made from Thuya.
A fishing port on the Atlantic, Essaouira was founded by
the Portuguese in the 18th century.
They are known for their sardines and eels. (UGH!)
And everything is blue, blue, blue! (even the cars)
Rooftop terraces and restaurants are the norm and it is
a painter's paradise. I fell in love with the whitewashed walls!
Rumor has it that it used to be a Pirate's Cove and a 60's
Party town for the likes of Jimmy Hendrix. It now attracts
windsurfers from all over the world.
Didn't do a lot of shopping, just picked up a few pottery
pieces and a CD titled "Desert Blues". I thought that
If you travel to Marrakech, I would suggest you visit
Essaouira. I liked the Spanish influence and the
people were very friendly. The shopowners don't
exit their shops to pull you inside like they do in
Marrakech. It is a much more laid back ambiance.
Hope you enjoy the photos and here is wishing
you a beautiful Blue Monday!