Sunday, October 17, 2010

More Morocco Photos

Camels in front of the modern side of the river. We walked across the rocky riverbed to get to the ancient city.

Dave on a terrace overlooking an ancient adobe village on a hill side. This old settlement has been used in lots of movies. Especially the Jesus movies. We walked across a wide dried up river bed to go climb into the old city. It is a UN Historic Landmark w/ official status and all.

Up into the Atlas Mountains. Mostly very dry except for the valleys where lots of fruit trees and are and vegestables are grown. Lots of sheep...very Biblical looking.

Daniel said the water table in Morocco has dropped from something like 20 ft to 65 ft. Everything is much drier and many streams and rivers are dried up what once ran all year. Now they only run when the snows melt. Wells must now be dug much deeper. I am really convinced that there are way too many people in both countries we visited on this trip. I do nto know how they grow enuf food for the population in Morocco. Ditto Spain. Madrid now has 4 million people, all around the city are miles and miles of futuristic prison-looking high-rises, that look like the ones you used to drive thru to get into Chicago. (I think some of them are now torn down , but it used to look like a space movie to me.) I remember Barcelona being the same....I was told that the TV and such promotes birth control and since it is a socialist government that they do anything they can to irritate the Catholics. We don´t see people going to church here at all so I don´t know if the old Catholic notion of tons of kids is alive and well or not. But there are too many people everywhere. I am glad I wont be alive in 50 years.

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A bicycle fish peddler rode down the street calling out his wares. He and/or his bike-shop smelled to HIGH HEAVENS of old dead fish and cats followed him all the photos to see a little bigger. I didnt want to upload them too big or it would take forever in this hotel lobby.

Me, Ouidad, Daniel and his daughter Manu and a big delicious dinner of couscous with veggies and chicken in Daniel´s home.

Stuff for sale in the old city market. A lot like it was in Jerusalém. Pretty claustrophobic.

Didnt buy anything there. Was just not up for a 30 minute haggle in very foreign languages and that is the only way. Time is of no matter in Marrakesh, so they consider the selling process just that, a process.

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The old city part where there is a big open area where snake charmers, monkey trainers, and various entertainers hang out and put on a show. One of the big attractions for locals are the story tellers, where you see a crowd of people gathered around...lots of smoke in the air from vendors selling stuff cooked on small charcoal fires. Hard to breathe there.

One of the mosque towers near the old city part of Marrakesh.

Dave relaxing on the sofa on the inner terrace of the upstairs guest area at Daniel´s house. Note the cement floor. It is an old hex tile floor.

Ok--finally got it by way of a lot of work-arounds. And the Spanish version does not have the links to post, etc, in the same location as the English version, so you can´t just guess BTW.

This is a photo of a dead tree along the street and on top of the wacked off truck are crane nests. So it is made into sort of a sculptural thing. This was in a very clean, nice small city , Uarzazate, near the motion picture hot-spot of Morocco. Lots of Biblical and Ben-Hur type films are made in the area. Some Russell Corwe gladiator film was made there and one of the locals we met had his "crew" pass framed in his mud house and photos of himself and R.C.

Attempting to post more photos but dammit all google accounts redirect immediately to the Spanish version and I cant figure out which link is the new post one and one is to report the blog as offensive and I dont want to hit the wrong one !

Friday, October 15, 2010

Marrakesh Photos

One photo here is of a modern Marrakesh house, everything is the same color, new and old. Everything !

The whole work force plus us posed for a photo out front. Daniel is the one in the "centerfold" pose.

Outside at the factory we had hot tea and cookies in the shade.

At the Syba Tiles factory

This is one of our mold patterns , it is a very complicated one.
On the floor are the tiles that Daniel is making for us. He is almost done with the tiles for the order.

Inside the factory it is amazing that they get so much done in so small a space. Very well organized.

Here we are standing outside of Syba Tiles in Marrakesh. Me on left, the factory director, Danile the factory owner and Dave.

More photos from Marrakesh

Donkey carts are mixed in with regular traffic. And on one pays any attention to the lines on the road.

The outside of Daniel´s house.

Photos from Abroad

Dave on the outer terrace. We had sunny days every day.
The inside part of the terrace outside our bedroom on the top floor of the house.

Daniel´s daughter in the fairy winds (upside down) and the fairy skirt that we brought her.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hello from Madrid. Dave got the little laptop to get online so maybe now I can post some photos. In Marrakesh I just didn't have time. We shortened our trip there by two days to allow for more time in Spain.
We love Spain. And there is so much to see.