Sunday, August 23, 2009

Seaside Activity in Morocco

I will begin this series of photos on seaside activity in Morocco with a photo that shows a dog who is not very active. He has found a nice spot for a nap, with an ocean breeze and shade from the clothes on the line. This photo was taken in the Anfa area of Casablanca, shown in more photos below. These photos show the real Morocco as this is not a tourist location but is a special place where locals go and enjoy the day.
Friends and families gather for a picnic on the beach next to an old seaside village along the Atlantic coast in the Anfa area on the south side of Casablanca. Our guide explained that women come here because it historically was regarded as a place to help with fertility. The location of this village on a rocky point reached by walking across a low sandy flat made this sort of like a Moroccan version of Mont St. Michelle.
Almost all of Casablanca is a modern city built in the 20th century, with the exception of the old medina district downtown near the port and this seaside village, which is several hundred years old. The Anfa district includes some very nice homes on the hills with views of the ocean. Churchill and Roosevelt met in Anfa during World War II. The Germans had broken the Allied code and know that they would be meeting in Casablanca, but thought the reference was to the White House, rather than Morocco.
This family on the beach allowed me to photograph them. The boy was a little shy at first, but enjoyed seeing his photo. It was great to see three generations of the daughter, mom and grandma together. The family invited me to sit down and have tea with them.
Here is the food that the family brought for their picnic. Tea, hard-boiled eggs and some bread were popular items for beach food.

Someone must have made lots of trips to the beach in this old motorcycle. It is such a vintage photo.

10 comments:

Lois said...

These are very interesting pictures Julie! I love the first one of the dog taking his nap. He looks so relaxed. I also like the family portrait. One of my friends is going to Morocco in the fall, so I will tell her about your blog.

brattcat said...

Another wonderful series of photos. Did you accept the offer to share tea with the family?

Thérèse said...

Very inviting local pictures!

glenda said...

Very interesting photos of the lifestyle and customs in Morocco. The dog in the first photo really has the right idea. I wonder if he is aware of how lucky he is?

Trojan Gayle said...

Julie! I love this new Blog! I have been to Morocco and your pictures are a flashback my trip!. looking forward to your future pictures.

Gloria said...

Julie, just loved the photos of your trip to Morocco 'cos it shows the real Morocco. I spent two fab weeks there myself some two years ago. Great posting!

magicpolaroid said...

wow beautiful marocco and his waves!

Tiago Ralha said...

I never visited Morocco, but i really enjoyed the photos of the post, especially the last one, which conveys the tranquility of the place, it seems to me that the bike is no longer used for a long time :)
The blog is amazing...good work!!

JM said...

The second shot is amazing! Love these constructions! Non touristic sites are allways a must.

Gunn White said...

Superb photos!
I will be back....

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