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Sidi Kaouki

As an adept of  'less is more' mindset I loved so much Sidi Kaouki. Long walks on the beach with the waves in the background. Thoughts are like waves. They come and go. I just have to observe them without judging them. I find so calming this exercise. Sometimes is not easy to do it. Sometimes I  also have storms in my mind like the storms at sea. 
View from the cave where we had lunch
The morning wasn't very encouraging. Cloudy with showers. Despite the outside conditions Hassan arranged for us one of the most beautiful experiences I had, lunch in a cave with ocean view. I couldn't believe it! I have never imagined anything like this!
The purrfect place for meditation
But that's not all. We had the beach only for us! We were the first ones to leave footprints in the wet sand.
A seahorse discovered in the sand
And we walked on the sand dunes!
Sand dunes on the beach

Our footprints in the sand dunes

I liked to examine the sand dunes pattern formation
And the sun decided to show up!
I find joy in simple things!
And we ate tagine prepared there by some locals with fresh fish from that morning.
Our savoury lunch
This is an argan tree from closely look

Hibiscus flower decorating the auberge's walls
The auberge where we stayed in Sidi Kaouki decorated with purple flower trees
In the afternoon we went to another deserted beach where we walked listening the ocean and admiring the multicoloured pebbles decorating the golden sand. The different colours come from different minerals.
Another deserted beach where we enjoyed a long walk
In the evening we went back to Essaouira to have a traditional hammam and a relaxing massage. Hammam is steam bath with gommage. At the beginning it was awkward because there was a woman washing me, like my grandmother used to do it when I was little. But once I let go of this feeling I started to enjoy it and relax.

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