Saturday, 4 May 2019

May 3, 2019. Agadir, Morocco. Ship Version

May 3, 2019.  Arriving Agadir, Morocco.
Above & below:  Entering Agadir Harbour.
More about Agadir, Morocco click Here.
Above:  Fishing, a daily activity.
Below:  Small container ship Aries J.

Above & below:  Welcoming committee.
Near the end of the video watch as one performer makes a brief dash for a seat, only to be defeated by his compatriot.

As you can see, this is a working harbour, not particularly conducive to cruise ships and their passengers.
While the danger area is marked with yellow stripes the rails for the container crane are raised above the surface and present a definite hazard to those walking to and from the various buses.

We tied up just ahead of the Aries J.

Aries J;  IMO 9514767;  MMSI 209098000;  Call Sign 5BDS3;
Flag Cyprus.
Gross Tonnage 10585t;  Summer Deadweight 12892t;
Length 152m; Beam 23.5m.
Builder Jiangdong Shipyard, Wuhu, China.

Engine Bore 430mm;  Cylinders 9;  Power 9000 kW;

1x Controllable Pitch propeller;  Service Speed 18.5 knots.

Above:  MSC Alabama moved under the container crane once the Aries J departed.
MSC Alabama;  IMO 9123166;  MMSI 371602000;  Call Sign 3EDK7;
Flag Panama.
Gross Tonnage 37518t;  Summer Deadweight 42966t;
Length 243m; Beam 32,2m.
Builder Samsung Shipbuilding, Geoje, Korea. 1996

Engine Bore 840 mm;  Cylinders 7;  Power 28350 kW;

1x Solid propeller;  Service Speed 23 knots.
Ocean Lady being pushed into place by local tugs.

Ocean Lady;  IMO 9641364;  MMSI 636015760;  Call Sign 5BDS3;
Flag Liberia.
Gross Tonnage 33049t;  Summer Deadweight 156816t;
Length 190m; Beam 32m.
Built  2013.
 Below:  Not exactly tourist-friendly.
 The End.

Friday, 3 May 2019

May 3, 2019. Morocco. Toruisty version

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We took a bus from Agadir to Taroudant, Morocco.
 Our bus.  
France and Spain controlled Morocco in the early 1900s and, though Morocco gained independence in 1956, French remains widely spoken throughout much of the country.  It is claimed to be the language of government, diplomacy and business.
 Morocco's official language is classical Arabic, which is the standard Arabic spoken by much of the Middle East.  However, Morocco's unique dialect of Arabic is what the population speaks.  

 Above:  Goats in trees.  Hey, a goat's gotta eat.
A large cafe and outdoor relaxation spot where we stopped for refreshments.

 From here we travelled to Taroudant.
 Taroudant is the former capital of Morocco, built by the Saadian dynasty as a base to attack the Portuguese on the Atlantic coast.  
The city walls, which are almost completely intact, were built in 1528.

 Above & Below:  The guide said the holes were to aid in cooling the structures.
 Inside the walls you will find a bustling Moroccan market town - much less tourism-oriented than Marrakech, which succeeded it as the Saadians' base.  There are two Souks for locals either side of the main square, Place Assareg.  These are frequented by the locals and have a minimum of touristy fare.
 A fascinating mix of transportation modes.

Above:  These two women had a long conversation.
Below:  One of them was later escorted along the street by this young man.

 Above & Below:  More transportation modes.

 Below:  I have often wondered about other language scripts and how they were used in the development of printing devices, such as typewriters.  (Yes, that dates me!)  At this link you will find a fascinating history of the development of the Arabic typewriter.  Click Here.
The End.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Tenerife. The touristy version. May 1, 2019. Ship photos are on a separate blog page.

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Where are the Canaries.  Not in the coal mine!
Above & Below:  Teide Observatory, IAU code 954, is an astronomical observatory on Mount Teide at 2,390 metres altitude.  Located on the island of Tenerife, Spain.  Operated by the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias since its inauguration in 1964.

The observatory focuses on solar observations and robotic astronomy.  It is claimed to be one of the three best spots in the world to observe the sky, along with Chile and Hawaii.

More about the observatory and its telescopes here.

Above:  Our tour bus to the Volcano Teide.  The base station is at 2,356 metres altitude.  The bus trip there took several hours and passed through five different climate zones.  A stunning trip.
Below:  Really?  We're going up there?
Below:  On that?
 Below:  Gathering for what may well be our last few minutes alive.
 Below:  It goes pretty well straight up, from my vantage point.

 Part way up.
 The ride was not too bad except when we passed each tower
and the conveyance bounced and bumped and flew and swung.
Above:  Base station far below.
 This does not go all the way to the top of the volcano
but it gets pretty close - 3,718 metres altitude.
 To get to the very top of the crater you need a special permit and you must walk.


 Above:  A weather station near the summit.
 Couple views from the top.

 Yay, we made it!

 Both of us noticed how much more difficult it was
to take in enough oxygen at this altitude.
Below:  Outside the upper station amidst the lava.
Below:  There's a couple of humans in pink partway up the trail to the summit.
Click on the photo to find them.

 Above & Below:
Back at the bottom near the base station - still a long way from sea level.

Above:  Yep, that's where we were.
 Above & Below:  We took the tour bus down the hill a bit to a restaurant/hotel.
 Lots of trails.

 Above & Below:
The most striking thing for me was the "sea of clouds" far below our altitude.
I had heard the phrase before but could not imagine how stunning it would be.
My photos don't do it justice.

 Above:  Showing the grade of the road.

 Flora.  We did not see any fauna.

 As part of the tour we stopped at the Paradores for a small snack and visit.
 Lots of different photos of the hotel and surrounding area Click Here.

 Above:  Canadas means gully or ravine.
If I remember correctly it also means sheep path.
 Above & below:
A chapel located just down the road from the Paradores.