A trip to Essaouira isn't complete without a visit to the docks.
It's a fairly typical maritime setting. There were lots of boats.
Some boats were small.
Some boats were big. (Uh oh, this post is starting to sound like a poorly written children's book...)
There were TONS of seagulls. I'm serious. Think pigeons at St. Mark's in Venice.
The seagulls hang around hoping for a fishy snack.
There were piles of fishing nets.
And one gentleman stretching his net out.
See how long it is?
Some nets were being used to bring up fish. These fishermen are helping, uh, do something with the net.
Some of the fish were being sold just feet from the water.
Here are some of the eels/snakes/whatevers.
More fish sellers.
This woman was scaling fish. (I have a confession to make: I pretended to take a picture of the boats in the distance before re-aiming my camera at the last second. I feel terrible. But not terrible enough to not post the picture.)
I was a couple of seconds too late with this picture, but it was hilarious. The woman in the far left asked the man in the middle to move her sheet of fish for her. So he did. (Okay, maybe hilarious was an overstatement, but it still made me laugh. Something about this guy bending over and dragging a cloth of fish around...)
Essaouira also has a sea wall. Sea walls are of particular interest to me because one protects my home in Shishmaref. (Hey Shishmaref kids! Do you think we need a sea wall like this?)
Sea gulls like sea walls too.
Like almost everywhere else in Essaouira, the dock had awesome views.