Thursday, May 29, 2008

Moulay Bouzerktoun


One of my absolute favorite places in the world is Moulay Bouzerktoun which we first visited ten years ago. It is a tiny village on the coast some 25km north of Essouira. Now it has a tarmac road leading to it - then there was just a cart track.


It might be nice to live in a miniscule cottage there.



The beach is huge and desolate and we collected sea urchins. A farmer and his sheep and goats walked behind us towards the village. There are perfect sand dunes.



The mosque and the tomb of the saint seem almost to tumble into the Atlantic.
The three fishing boats are the very traditional blue.



The water was good for paddling but it was too cold to swim.



There is a rather lovely cafe high up overlooking the ocean and all the wonderful buildings.
Surfers come here in RV's - but not very many of them.



I wonder what it will be like ten years hence? One hopes it stays the same. This picture is looking south towards Essouira.

16 comments:

My Castle in Spain said...

it feels like going back into time...
beautiful and serene scenery..

where is it Elizabeth?

My Castle in Spain said...

Essaouira...of course

(missed your post below, sorry!)

(here too, it's cloudy..sniff)

Have a lovely day!
(do you have any fish in the blue little restaurants on the port ?)

christine mercer-vernon said...

elizabeth, i am continually amazed by this magical land you live in. there is an 'untouched by the modern age' look to it that is mystifying and beautiful. and i have never seen sea urchins that big, i thought they were gourds at first!! lunch overlooking the ocean would be a treat in such a location!

lisa said...

Today, coincidentally, I made a still life in my garden on Long Island with a sea urchin and geraniums.... not quite as compelling as on a lonely beach in Morocco...

Karen Cole said...

Sigh.....

...those blue boats, that blue sky, the water.

I dream of Morocco.

High Desert Diva said...

The sky is so blue...we've had clouds and rain here in the Oregon desert for the last week. I miss blue sky.

Do the sea urchins wash ashore with the spines already off? Or did you pick them off?

Betsy said...

Have you seen my blog entries on sea shells? Well....that photo of sea urchins just amazes me! I've never seen anything like those!
They are huge...incredible!

willow said...

Some of your pix remind me of a bible story book.

That blue is incredible!

Marja said...

Yes it would be great if it all would stay the same. It is absolutely stunning. This is probably not in Marakesh The urchins look huge

Honour said...

your miniscule cottage seems dreamily ideal .... all the writing that place could inspire!

Elizabeth said...

In answer to some comments - I'm afraid the sea urchins were rather small!
I was just lying down when I took the shot and the camera angle made them bigger.
These I found without spines on - empty and full of sand.
It IS a wonderful beach - but needs some clean up too.
Yes, lots of things about Morocco - especially the countryside are very Biblical indeed.
Morocco is often used in Bible movies.

gryb said...

looks beautiful, a great escape....

Greyscale Territory said...

What magic pics! They really seem to capture quite another world! Almost dream-like! Love the colour tones on the walls of the house!

Gemma

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Hey Harriet said...

Such incredible beauty. That's a place I'd sure love to visit. Problem is that I'd not want to leave!

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