The Joy of Souks

Browsing souqs (souks) whether in Morocco, Egypt or in Oman is always a fascinating experience. They are entirely different from western markets, hives of activity where haggling is usually not only encouraged but expected. Often bustling, especially in popular tourist destinations where visiting a souq is one of the one of the highlights of the trip. Alien experiences which allow …

Postcard from Essaouira, a Moroccan fish market

The fish market in the Moroccan city of Essaouira, is an alien place to most westerners and probably a place that many would not dream of buying anything from especially food for their own table. There is little doubt that it is unlikely the market has ever seen a visit from an Environmental Health Officer, it is an extremely grubby …

Postcard from the Moroccan 3 Amigos, Essaouira

I met these three guys outside an orphanage in Essaouira where a fundraising auction was being held. Seeing some of the young children was really heartwarming and it was great seeing the community get behind the project, buying various pieces of art. These guys were sitting outside on arrival, their colourful costumes immediately attracted my eye but their smiles when …

Fishing Boats – Vessels of Adventure and Romance

I love boats and fishing boats in particular, they portray a certain romance even though the profession they represent is far from romantic. It is an extremely arduous job as those that participate or even watch documentaries about fisherman plying their trade in tretches of ocean like the Bering Sea can testify. Small craft that are moored or sat on …