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Essaouira



Essaouira
Introduction

1. The Harbour

2. Town walls

3. In from the town walls

4. From gate to gate

5. Streets in red and blue

6. Shopping streets

7. Shopping

8. Around town

9. The Craftsmen

10. Happy tourism

11. At night

12. The Ramparts

13. The Skala

14. The cliffs

15. Houses near the sea

16. Aerial view

17. Castles made of sand

Practicalities




















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ESSAOUIRA
Castles made of sand

Essaouira, Morocco

What exactly inspired Jimi Hendrix to write his Castles Made of Sand (from the album Axis Bold as Love (1967)) is not 100% certain. But according to local stories the ruins of the old fort known as El-Berod is the thing. The only problem with that story is that Hendrix visited Morocco for the first time a year and a half after the release of Axis Bold as Love.
A short exploration around the area reveals a royal summer pavilion. Further in land, there is the Berber village of Diabat. It is nothing extraordinary today, but stories tell that both Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens spent time here.





By Tore Kjeilen