Edit Blog Post
Published: January 17th 2020
Hassan II Mosque
Ok, so not a great start to the blog because after spending over an hour capturing our last few days, I deleted it instead of saving it! It was almost the shortest blog in history. So fortunately for anyone who choses to read about it, you're now getting the abridged version or the bloody thing wont get off the ground at all!
We opted for a 24hr stopover in Doha before moving on to Casablanca. You should know that Shane is a Poppy now AND he turns 50 next year, so he's slowing up a little. Doha went something like this - 5.30am check in, rest, brunch, rest, dinner, sleep, flight to Casablanca at 7am. Get the picture? Did I forget to mention that Poppy also left his day pack in the back seat of the taxi, indicating he might be losing his marbles as well :-)
15th January 2020
Arrived in Casablanca just after 1pm and met our guide Hamid and our driver Essa. After checking in to Hotel Melliber, we walked along La Corniche to watch the fantastic waves, and then walked to Hassan II mosque ( the second largest mosque in Africa), which sits right behind
Hssan II Mosque
10th largest in the world
our hotel, on the Atlantic ocean's edge. Its a spectacular site! After a tagine dinner at chez Rabah, we've both crashed by half 8. By 4am, we're both awake again...uggh!
16th January 2020
This morning we toured the mighty mosque, before driving to Rabat (the capital), then visited the Kasbah, Mohammed V mausoleum and the Kings palace....thank christ we didnt have to spend all afternoon walking around in it. Tourists can only view it from the outside, and Moroccon nationals are not allowed to view it at all! Tomorrow we are heading for Tangier and hopefully we will get to point where we can be awake past 9pm. The Tagine tonight was beef....delicious, but I think these are going to get old really quickly if we have them too often.
17 January 2020
Off to Tangier. We stopped in the beautiful little town of Assilah for a walk in the Medina before lunch. Today is a muslim holiday so many of the little shops are closed, in fact every Friday is a muslim holiday, and set aside for prayer. Whilst we are having lunch, an argument breaks out between a few men. Two of them are
asking another man why he isnt at the mosque for prayers. He tells them in no uncertain terms that it's none of their business. Mmmm, he could have asked the same question I guess! Anyhow, we had Moroccan tacos for lunch at a very popular restaurant called Ali Baba. Moroccan tacos are basically a wrap stuffed with chicken, minced beef, a bit of onion and red peppers, french fries and dressing. Pretty delicious really.The coast line to Tangier is stunning....Big rolling waves and flat sandy beaches that go for miles and miles.We are staying at La Tangerina for the next two nights. The rooms are so tiny and dimly lit, that you really cant spend much time in them, but they are very picturesque all the same. Our Riad is inside the medina, inside the Baba Kasbah. In fact I am writing up her on the rooftop with the ocean in front of me and the sprawling city behind me. Shane is wandering around somewhere in the Medina looking for a more subserviant wife. Good luck to him.
Tot: 0.075s; Tpl: 0.016s; cc: 12; qc: 29; dbt: 0.0071s; 1; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb