Marruecos, otro Atlántico / Morocco, another Atlantic

by Rabino Kuerbovich August. 12, 2020 1116 views
pescadores remendando redes, con el alcázar de Rabat al fondo // fishermen mending nets, with Rabat's fortress in the background

pescadores remendando redes, con el alcázar de Rabat al fondo // fishermen mending nets, with Rabat's fortress in the background

Una impresión que tengo (probablemente falsa y autoinducida, como tantas otras) es que el concepto "Oceáno Atlántico" concebido en Europa es inherente, intrínseco y exclusivo a sí misma, y por lo tanto, en este imaginario no caben otros elementos que no sean propriamente europeos: la arquitectura clásica se construye en piedra granítica, a ser posible cubierta de líquenes; faros azotados por pavorosos oleajes; bosques de coníferas casi tocando el mar... (si me leyese un gaditano, se moriría de la risa)

One impression that I have (probably false and self-induced, like so many others) is that the concept "Atlantic Ocean" conceived in Europe is inherent, intrinsic and exclusive to itself, and therefore, in this imaginary there is no room for other elements that are not properly European: classical architecture is built in granite stone, if possible covered with lichen; lighthouses hit by frightening waves; forests of conifers almost touching the sea... (if a Cádiz guy reads me, he'll die laughing)

puerto de Rabat, desde el alcázar // port of Rabat, from the citadel

puerto de Rabat, desde el alcázar // port of Rabat, from the citadel

No es este tema nuevo en mí, y ya mostré otras miradas atlánticas desde Mauritania y Guinea-Bissau. Hoy le toca a Marruecos: un rápido recorrido por los puertos de las tres de las principales ciudades costeras atlánticas marroquíes: Rabat, Casablanca y Essaouira.

This is not a new topic for me, and I have already shown other Atlantic views from Mauritania and Guinea-Bissau. Today it is Morocco's turn: a quick tour of the ports of the three main Moroccan Atlantic coastal cities: Rabat, Casablanca and Essaouira.

puerto de Essaouira, desde el alcázar // port of Essaouira, from the citadel

puerto de Essaouira, desde el alcázar // port of Essaouira, from the citadel

Essaouira, en una típica foto de postal // Essaouira, in a typical postcard photo

Essaouira, en una típica foto de postal // Essaouira, in a typical postcard photo

en Essaouira

en Essaouira

una cosa que me llamó la atención de Essaouira es la querencia de sus pescadores por el color añil. ya se sea en embarcaciones como en redes // one thing that struck me about Essaouira is the love of its fishermen for the colour indigo, whether on boats or in nets

una cosa que me llamó la atención de Essaouira es la querencia de sus pescadores por el color añil. ya se sea en embarcaciones como en redes // one thing that struck me about Essaouira is the love of its fishermen for the colour indigo, whether on boats or in nets

puerto de Casablanca // Casablanca's port

puerto de Casablanca // Casablanca's port

A diferencia de Essaouira y Rabat, el puerto de Casablanca es mayor, más moderno y muchísimo más feo; por esa razón hice las fotos al atardecer, que disimula más la vulgaridad del cemento.

Unlike Essaouira and Rabat, the port of Casablanca is bigger, more modern and much uglier; that's why I took the photos at sunset, which hides more the vulgarity of the cement.

Casablanca

Casablanca

Casablanca

Casablanca

Casablanca

Casablanca

mezquita de Mohammed V, Casablanca // Mohammed V mosque, Casablanca

mezquita de Mohammed V, Casablanca // Mohammed V mosque, Casablanca

Probablemente, por motivos que sólo sabría decir bajo hipnosis, la foto que sigue es una de las que para mí mejor representan ese atlántico diferente.

Probably, for reasons that I would only know how to say under hypnosis, the following picture is one that for me best represents that different Atlantic.

entre Casablanca y Essaouira // in-between Casablanca and Essaouira

entre Casablanca y Essaouira // in-between Casablanca and Essaouira

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Robin Fuller 2 months, 1 week ago

Great photos. My mother was a French refugee in Casablanca in WWII and married my father, a British soldier, there in 1945. Interesting to some some up to date photos.

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Robin Fuller 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for your comments and for sharing your parents story!

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Roger Bannister 2 months, 1 week ago

Wow what a great set of images.

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Roger Bannister 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks!!

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Colin Massey 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Your photos brought back some happy memories of my visit to Morroco a few years ago,  great photos

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Colin Massey 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you very much for visiting and liking my post, I'am glad it brought you some memories

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for "liking" my image!

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Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I like to see the world through your eyes. We all bring something different to the table and I love diversity.

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind compliment Antonio. I enjoy see the world though yours too

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Jovana Lakic 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Love the pictures of daily life in Morocco you posted. I have been to the fairy tale Marrakech and Casablanca, so bustling and full of life, the scent of the ocean in the air. The mosques are real beauties, too. Thanks for sharing.

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Rabino Kuerbovich Replied to Jovana Lakic 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Jovana; thanks to you for visiting my blog. Yep, Morocco is a feast for the senses

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