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Sandy Gennrich
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Photographer. Explorer. Traveler

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The Bathtub
Essaouira was one of my favorite cities we visited in Morocco. A small fishing village perched on the edge of the North Atlantic has a unique charm. A walled fortress encircles the medina and the working harbor brings in a wide variety of the freshest fish available. What really attracted me was the sea of sameness in the small boats all tied together, bobbing happily in the protected walls within the port.

I never saw anyone go out in one of these skiffs, but I've since read that they are used when the seas are calm. As for the blue color, this may be a historical phenomenon. Essaouira is protected by the Purple Islands which is also home to murex mollusks which are harvested and prized for their spectacular pigment. The city's three thousand year relationship with producing murex may be what dictates the tradition of painting the boats, and shutters this lovely indigo blue.

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Dye Pits of Fès el-Bali (Old Fez)
The medina of Fès el-Bali (Old Fez) is an experience that takes no prisoners on your senses. Narrow lanes and covered streets pack in a variety of stores, crafts, food stalls, restaurants, historic sights and people, as well as donkeys and motorbikes. In the middle of it all is the The Chaouwara tanneries - an industrial oasis right in the middle of the medina

We had a hard time finding it and wandered the narrow alleys before being rescued by the cousin-of-the-brother-of-the-guy-who-knows-a-guy-who-runs-a leather-store-that-overlooks-the-tannery. In fact there are many of these stores, all with their own view of the dye pits. It's well worth the soft (or even hard) sell to buy leather goods to get the view. All of the terrace views come with the requisite sprig of mint to help douse the odor from the tannery (they do use a mix of chicken poop in part of the tanning process and the stench can be overwhelming)

I enjoyed observing the orchestration between the sections of the tannery. And I enjoyed seeing the colorful dyes used to tan the hides. Oh, and Fès el-Bali is a World Heritage Site and reportedly one of the world's largest urban pedestrian zones-despite the motorbikes and donkeys

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Yes, I'm late in posting my top images of 2015. These represent how/what I learned this year.   I'd love to hear your thoughts.  
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This is a classic view of the Roman Bridge that leads into town. The large building in the distance is the Cathedral (Mosque) of Cordoba.   #spain   #cordoba   #travelphotography   #traveltuesday   #sandygennrichphotography  
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Here's a crazy panorama of one of the "church" areas of the Cathedral/Mosque of Cordoba. #spain #cordoba   #sandygennrichphotography   #architecturephotography   #panorama  
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This has two names: The Cathedral of Cordoba and The Mosque (La Mezquita) of Codoba.  It's was a church, then a mosque, then a church, then a mosque, and is currently a church.  I love the mishmash of architecture and I love that both sides respected the other enough not to destroy what additions had been developed while one side was out of power.
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La Albufera is a natural park area outside of Valencia - a great space to escape the noise and commotion of the city, and home to some great paella. #albufera   #valencia   #sunsetphotography  
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Santiago Calatrava was born and raised in Valencia, home of the expansive City of Arts and Sciences.  
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The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a huge complex designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. 
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Have a safe and Happy New Year's Eve everyone.  Here's an image from the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.  This is the science museum and Santiago Calatrava made it to look like the skeleton of a whale. 
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