Morocco Gallery Collection
Collection of images from Morocco,including one of the largest leather Tanneries in Fez, the 'blue village' of Chefchaouen and the port of Essaoira
16 imagesThe provincial town of Chefchaouen, located in the Rif mountains of Northern Morocco is partially famed for the walled streets and doors painted in differing shades of blue and turquoise - hence the tourist term the 'Blue village'. Locally known as 'Chaouen' Life is a more sedate affair here than in the bustling streets of Fez or Marrakesh.In the main square of Uta el-Hammam Moroccan men dressed in Jellabas wile away the hours in discussion whilst woman wearing their own traditional clothing line the cobbled streets of the twisting and winding Medina selling fish,fruit,vegetables and an assortment of other wares. The Rif mountains are also known for the production of Kif - a derivative of marijuana. Unsuspecting tourists at some point will generally be 'offered' something to buy - a simple but firm 'no thanks' is generally enough to dispel any further harassment.
22 imagesLocated in the Fez medina,Morocco and dating back to the 11th Century the Chouara leather tannery is one of the oldest tanneries in the world. Traditional methods are still used to process animal skins into fine leather products. This involves a manual process of soaking the skins in large pots - one of the main ingredients being pigeon droppings. Large earthenware pots containing differing colours are used to dye the skins which are then dried on the tannery rooftops.
25 imagesThe picturesque walled town of Essaouira lies on the Atlantic western coast of Morocco.Built during the 18th Century the ancient rampart walls house the towns Medina - smaller and more negotiable than the Medina's of Fez or Marrakesh but still maintaining its own particular charm. Essaouira harbour is home to a significant fishing fleet and the 'blue boats' their main quarry being Sardines.Seagulls and feral cats are ever present on the seafront promenade - always hoping to catch a few scraps of fish as fisherman gut their catch.
42 imagesHeld on the 3rd Sunday in January of each year the Sinulog Grande Parade in Cebu City,Philippines is the culmination of a nine day Catholic religious festival honouring the belief in the Jesus child Santo Nino.The pageant proceeds through the city streets with groups performing their respective dance routines at set stages along the way. Competition is fierce for the street dancing prizes.Judging criteria will include movement creation,execution,visual appeal,audience impact and parade showmanship.