Well a rather bland view of Marrakesh due to stomach upset put a dampener on the end of my trip (tagine tummy maybe) and the chance to join the others in the Mdina and at the Mejewel Gardens. However, by all accounts it was a couple of interesting hours of wanderings. All was back on track this morning for today’s final leg to Casablanca.
Sunday markets and appreciation for the wide avenues and many palms saw us exit Marrakesh and head through the various tolls on the well-surfaced motorways out of the city. I liked the different overbridges and the rather desolate countryside.
A pleasant stop at a well appointed servo rest stop, a snack, pomegranite sellers, a military convoy later and we were soon entering the outskirts of Morocco’s financial and economic capital.
In fact, apart from few street rules, distinctive red taxis and the huge Hassan II Mosque, it could be any other large contemporary city. But what an extensive complex.
Built along the sea coast, the Mosque can accommodate 100,000 plus. It offer families the soldity of faith and also the delights of weekend water indulgences and Sunday sundaes.
Of course Brahim made sure we saw the infamous Rick’s Cafe. Good on the tourist initiative that jumped on the popularity of the famous Casanlanca film – even if it wasn’t really the cafe at all. Lots of murals decorate the newer buidlings.
Like most major centres, Casablanca has lots of cranes across its skyline and progress is evident….hey, McDonalds, KFC, Burger King and Pizza Hut are progress in every language aren’t they ????
A lesiurely spot of beachfront viewing and then a final chicken brochette on skewers and a street stroll for ice creams clinched the deal for this trip.
The large Hotel Danfa of course offers the many amenities westerm tourists expect, so we are finishing our Moroccan adventure with a poolside breakfast tomorrow before the trip to the airport and the looooong haul back to familiar territory in Oz.
Safe travels to L&T who fly on to Barcelona for 5 days. Thanks to Morocco Magic Travel and Brahim for the magic of the past 12 days. If anyone is thinking of a Morrocan trip, we can give you the details. It has more than met the expectations!
Our next adventure will be this coming weekend’s trip to Spring Bluff railway station as part of Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers adventure…..jet lag be gone!