We are heading off on a day trip to Tatouen today, a port town just a few miles south of Gibralter… full report later. But before we leave for the day I thought I’d post a few night pictures of Chefchaouen from last night.
First the view from our rooftop meal, taken at about 8:00pm. The orange-lit fortress on the left in the upper picture is the Akasaba, known to you as the Casbah. Every city has one, and they have varied in historical function, e.g. an army barracks. We visited this one yesterday and it was unremarkable, primarily a small local historical museum.
After dinner we walked through the main square. That’s Steve on the left and Thumper in the middle, walking next to Alice at right.
The souk conforms pretty well to the stereotype of an Arab market, all twisty passageways and insistent vendors. The stand in the top photo is a nut vendor.
The passageways are filled with feral cats, by the way; the town is overrun with them, and we had one or two visiting us during dinner. This is a big plus for Thumper, who is a “cat person” in much the same way that Shaquille O’Neal is a “tall person”. In any case, after wandering aimlessly through the souk for a half hour or so, we re-emerged — it felt like surfacing from a submarine dive — into the bustling main square, then headed back to the riad for the night. (That is a restaurant overlooking the square in this photo.)