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Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca February 23rd 2014

The Moroccan policeman has a smile on his face that looks pasted-on friendly but it's pretty clear to us all that there's serious intent as he reaches forward and touches my arm over and over. Even our ever-smiling guide Redouane ("Red-One") has lost the happy light in his eyes. But that's not important just yet ... let's go back just a bit. ................................ RABAT, Morocco It's like a symphony performed with the lights turned out. The sounds float on the cool pre-dawn air into our hotel room through the window left open to allow fresh air that won't come from the non-functioning A/C unit. First, the sweetly lyrical but haunting chant crying out through the loudspeaker that calls the Muslim faithful to the first of their 5 times daily prayer. Then a... read more
As Time Goes By...
Local Casablanca Woman in Hijab
Night Flight Leaves Dallas for Madrid

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca January 11th 2014

Here I am in Morocco checking one more continent off my list. We flew Royal Air Maroc out of JFK when it was 34 degrees. The plane trip was not long, about 6 hours. We decided to splurge a little on this trip so we are flying business class. Now on Royal Air Maroc that just means we get some good food and slightly wider seats. They were not as wide as on US Air. Movies were old but they did have Casablanca. We arrived very early this morning, about 5:30 local time. The hotel is nice, a 5 star but those of you who travel know that is relative to the country. After a massage for me and quick nap for Ernest, we had lunch then set out for a little stroll. It is in ... read more
outside front of our hotel
teaching us how to pour Moroccan mint tea
boardwalk by the ocean

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca December 28th 2013

Sobota miała być jedynym dniem w Maroko z opadami i faktycznie przywitał nas deszcz i pogoda prawie taka jak w Polsce. Miejscowi w chałatach do ziemi z polaru i w kapturach. Bimbę, co super zniosła trudy podróży, trzeba było przewinąć na lotnisku. Gdy Q zaczął zbliżać się do łazienki z wiedzą, że w damskiej jest przewijak a w męskiej nie, a na dodatek w damskiej siedzi 12 bab i pali jednego papierosa, zaczepiła go pani babcia klozetowa, z propozycją, że przewinie dziecko, żeby mężczyzna nie musiał kalać sobie rąk. Do Casablanki dojechaliśmy też w deszczu i w korku. Poza tym, małaEm i jej mamusia dojechały całe w żygowinkach - u mnie spódnica, leggingsy, kamizelka i bluzka. U małejEm kamizelka głównie. Nie wiem jeszcze, co zrobić z kilogramem namokniętego śmierdzącego pierza, którym jest teraz moja puchowa kamizelka. ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca December 2nd 2013

Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 and achieved independence in 1956. The northern area of Morocco was under a Spanish protectorate concurrently. Morocco is the first country to recognize the United states when she declared independent in 1777 and Morocco shows the loyal friendship with the U.S. as an oldest friend under the treaty. 99% of Moroccans are Muslim with the Berber descent. Morocco is famous for a fish product under Sumaco Sardines because the fishing grounds in the Canary current off Morocco’s west coast are exceptionally rich in sardines, bonito, and tuna. The Canary current flows from Canary Islands toward Morocco carrying a warm and slow moving which is good for the sardines. In Moroccan culture, traditionally the liver and not the heart, is considered to be the symbol of love. Casablanca duoc nhieu ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca June 4th 2013

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Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca May 29th 2013

So there we were, out in the midst of nowhere, in the desert. Desert isn’t always a series of harsh red dunes, it is sometimes grey stones for miles, or dun coloured nothing. What is amazing is that we often saw goatherds or shepherds way out there in the nothing, with their charges, along with unemployed dogs. These were sad. Dogs no longer able to scare away the wolves and protect the lambs and kids are simply abandoned as the nomads move on. They stand, pathetically, at the edge of the road and survive on handouts provided by passers by. Oh, so sad. However, we were not unemployed, and we certainly were not hungry. There was always plenty of food, and most of it pretty good. And for those who ask – yes we could get ... read more
Tangines ready for lunch
Coffee table made with fossils
Typical housing

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca May 28th 2013

Morocco was hectic, eventful, exciting, exotic and thoroughly interesting. It is very pleasant now to lie back in the luxury of the Ronda villa (Los Alamos –with its own branded crockery and hand embroidered towels). We were simply so busy – up at 6 am and then to bed at 10 or later, that any thought of writing, let alone blogging, simply faded out of the priorities. These revolved around charging (cameras, phones, laptops), washing sundry dusty/sandy clothes in the handbasin (or bidet) and seeing everything that was on offer. Insight was way better than we experienced in Europe years ago with Brian and Mary. For a start the tour director, Hassam, was interested in his 40 charges and passionate about his country and its development. He is extraordinarily well educated and where he did not ... read more
Dear little donkeys
Our bedroom
here's looking at you kid..

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca May 17th 2013

Morocco- The Ancient Medina. We flew from Madrid, Spain to Casablanca, Morocco. I had heard this line in the Movie "Almost Famous" with Kate Hudson. She and OP are standing waiting after a show and Lady (Kate Hudson) says to OP. "Don't say good-bye. When we meet again, we will live in Morocco for one-year. one year- got it?" I don't know why that made such an impression on me. Maybe seeing the movie hundreds of times it gets engraved to your brain that this Morocco must be miraculous if Kate Hudson's character Lady wants to go there for a whole year. I mean, she's amazing. She says Morocco, then I must go to Morocco. The real reason I wanted to go to Morocco is that it is a land I have only ever heard of. ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca May 5th 2013

Geo: 33.5756, -7.6178Salut tout le monde,On se lèvent un peu plus tard. Denis nous a fait un bon déjeunée et nous voici dans les bagages. Une chance que nous avions amené des vêtements a jeter. On a juste de l'espace pour ramené nos bédules.Le départ est un peu retardé, donc, c'est une journée relaxe.Bye Bye et au prochain voyageBisouxxFrance et Réjean... read more

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca May 4th 2013

Geo: 33.5756, -7.6178Salut tout le monde.Nous voici donc à notre avant dernière journée de voyage. Une peite journée agréable.On a pris notre temps pour sortir. Nous sommes allée magasiner. J'ai trouvé un petit ensemble. tunique avec pantalon. Quel hasard rigolo aussi on a rencontrer les confrère de travail de Denis. Donc on a pris un breuvage et bavarder du Maroc. On a continuer a magasiner avec eux mais il y avais tellement de monde qu'on les a perdu.Puis nous avons ramener la voiture. Un peu difficille de trouver la place. Nous avions oublié les papiers à la maison. Le gars a été obligé de venir nous racompagner . Nous avons vidé la réserve de vin du magasin. Puis on s'est fait un bon petit couscous au poulet et raisin. Une bonne salade.Relaxation en soir&eacu... read more
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