Essaouira was a surprise for several reasons. We knew it had been a fortified trading post for the Portuguese. The ramparts are regularly used in filming.

These cannon were filed in Orson Welles’ postwar production of Othello:

As you can see, there was a sea mist - apparently quite a frequent occurrence at Essaouira. It’s caused by a collision between the cold air from the Atlantic and the warm air from the land. We were expecting the local economy to be based on leather. But actually, it seems to be marquetry. These table tops are examples:

Here is a shop interior:

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