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A fishing village, winery & argan oil

Morocco – a land of surprises.
From Essaouira, after another short art lesson from Karen on the roof, we set off in a van to a small fishing village, Moulay Bouzerktoun.  It was hardly a village, I thought we were lost!  Very few homes, and only one boat! But very picturesque, and we got some great sketching in of the (one) blue boat and the rugged coast.

Moulay Bouzerktoun boat

The one and only boat we found

Moulay Bouzerktoun building

This building looked abandoned, but had lots of interesting textures

Moulay Bouzerktoun building

Next was the Val D’Argan winery, owned by a Frenchman for a fantastic lunch with wine, of course. We met the owner, and after lunch, relaxed by the lovely pool. Oh right, we sketched too!

Val d'Argan orange tree

Val d’Argan orange tree

Val d'Argan plant

Val d’Argan plant

Val d'Argan pomegranate tree

Val d’Argan pomegranate tree

They still use a camel to plow the grape fields, and we were lucky to find him for fun sketch opportunities!  I drew fast and furious, thinking this would be my only camel sketch opportunity. (Little did I know what the future held for me!)

Val d'Argan camel

Val d’Argan camel

Val d'Argan camel

Val d’Argan camel

Val d'Argan camel

Val d’Argan camel

Val d'Argan camel

Val d’Argan camel

Val d'Argan camel

Val d’Argan camel

On the return trip, we stopped at a place where they process and sell argan oil products. Fascinating to watch women working and fun to shop for souvenirs!!
Our dinner tonight was at “The Patio” a restaurant with delicious food. The candles and sheer curtains all around made for an arabian nights kind of atmosphere!

PS – I forgot to mention my new vocabulary learned from the British artists – ‘blimey’ I already knew, but ‘crikey’ was so much fun to say! I’m sure they were tired of hearing it from me!