Our Holiday in Essaouira Morocco and a drive to Marrakesh-Goats in trees! Orson Welles stayed at Hotel des Iles (built in 1948 by Antoine Marchisio) and in this hotel there is a bar and a suite named after him. It is said that he met Winston Churchill there, who also was a guest at the hotel at that time. "During this time, Welles was channeling his money from acting jobs into a self-financed film version of Shakespeare's play Othello. From 1949 to 1951, Welles worked on Othello, filming on location in Europe and Morocco. Filming was suspended several times as Welles ran out of funds and left to find other acting jobs. When it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival it won the Palme d'Or, 1952, but was not given a general release in the United States until 1955."