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    • Day 158


      February 5 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Vom Campingplatz 🏕️ mal eine Runde nach Casablanca mit dem Quad gedreht. An der Moschee 🕌 vorbei, dies ist wohl die einzige welche man in ganz Marroko🇲🇦 besichtigen kann. Ich war nicht drin. Dann noch ein bisschen durch die Stadt an der Medina vorbei. Ich muss sagen der Verkehr ist schon sehr anstrengend, so wie auch in anderen Städten gibt es hier auch arm und reich 😉Read more

    • Day 34

      Here’s Looking At You, Casablanca

      September 15, 2022 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Heading north, we travelled the 230-kilometres from Marrakech to Casablanca by train. We’d been told not to bother with Casablanca by a few different friends; but, we decided to make a pitstop and break up the journey.

      We boarded the train and found our first-class seats. Jason was expecting a high-speed train but this was more a rickety old train that would plod for two and a half hours to our final destination. First class was just a booth of 6 seats. I’m not sure what second class looked like, but everyone was vying to sit in first class.

      Two Moroccan women came and sat in the spare seats next to us, but when the ticket inspector came along, it turned out they had purchased second class tickets. The younger woman argued with the inspector and refused to move to their allocated seat. The inspector gave up and went on his way. I overheard her say to the French couple next to her that she was an art dealer, buying art for the wealthy. When the inspector came back, he had a few more words to say to her, but she continued to ignore him.

      Since we were only staying overnight in Casablanca, we opted for a hotel near the train station. This way, we could avoid the bartering process with taxi drivers. However, I'm not too sure it was the best neighbourhood. And in true Jason and Ricky fashion the hotel was located on the opposite side of the train station, which meant walking a little further than expected. It wasn’t just a skip across the road. Fortunately, the temperature was a little cooler in Casablanca, not that it helped with Jason’s man-o-pause. Princess Goldilocks likes it just right – not too hot, not too cold.

      We arrived at the hotel to check-in, but there was a problem with our booking. Of course, there was; it wouldn't be a Jason and Ricky adventure without at least a little bit of drama. The hotel was trying to charge us for the room when we had already paid. After a bit of back and forward, the issue was resolved and we were allowed to check-in. Fortunately, Jason didn't need to go full Karen – Get me the manager!

      With little time to waste, we headed out to wander the surrounding areas. Many of the buildings looked like they needed a little bit of care and attention. As Morocco’s largest city, with over 4 million people, Casablanca has little in the way of tourist attractions. It is more an economic and business hub.

      The main tourist attraction in Casablanca is the Hassan II mosque, the second largest in Africa and the seventh largest in the world. It was commissioned by the previous King Hassan II, involving more than 10,000 artisans and at a cost of about 585 million euros (866 million Australian dollars). The mosque was funded by 12 million people and loans from across the world. Meanwhile they needed to abandon the expansion of the train network due to a lack of money. As an atheist, it always puzzles me how so many religions preach about helping the poor, and yet so much wealth is poured into monuments rather helping people survive this harsh world. But then, there are many things in this world that don’t make sense to me.

      Next stop: Rabat.
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    • Day 1

      Casablanca, Morocco

      September 14, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Arriving into Casablanca was as always busy, hectic and very noisy. Once we arrived home though the warm welcome came and it felt nice being back with Fatima. The Moroccan tea with an assorted range of biscuits arrived and so began the girls love of the Grandma's tea.

      The streets were busy and the car driving was as crazy as ever. It seemed like everyone was in a hurry to go nowhere. The patience level in Casablanca is at a all time low.

      It was awesome seeing Younes again, how quickly took us to a great coffee shop which sold yummy crepes which kept the girls happy.

      We met our niece and the girls cousins for the first time, Rhianna and Bershala. We bought some bubbles with us and was great seeing the girls all play without each other despite the obvious language barrier. The youngest Bershala is a splitting image of Yasmine at the same age.
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    • Day 8

      Tag 5, Casablanca

      November 2, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Eigentlich war ja wieder ausschlafen angesagt...aber...das Hotel hat einen Hahn und dieser meinte die Gäste haben um 5:30 Uhr ausgeschlafen zu sein. Der Versuch mit Oropax noch eine Stunde zu schlafen schlug fehl. All diese Umstände hatten jedoch etwas gutes, ich kam in den Genuss eines wunderschönen Sonnenaufgangs.
      Da wir bis zur Abfahrt des Busses noch etwas Zeit hatten, gingen wir zum Strand und machten uns mit Indian Balance fit für den Tag.
      Um halb zehn kämpfte sich unser Busfahrer Brahim durch den dichten Verkehr in Richtung Hassan ll Moschee. Schon aus der Ferne konnte man erahnen, welches imposante Bauwerk in nur 6 Jahren erichtet worden war. Wir hatten Glück auch das Innere besichtigen zu können. Es ist wirklich unglaublich, dass dort 25000 Gläubige zum Gebet zusammen kommen können. Wir hatten einen sehr netten Führer, der sogar seine Erklärungen mit witzigen Einlagen schmückte.
      Der Besichtigung schloss sich die Stadtrundfahrt durch Casablanca an und nach dem Mittagessen im Hotel Swiss, welches auch unser Übernachtungshotel war, starteten wir unsere letzte lange Etappe von 240 km zurück nach Marrakesch.
      Drei Übernachtungen haben wir nun im Hotel Farah.
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    • Day 171


      December 8, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

      Casablanca sits on the Atlantic and is a cosmopolitan town. The two most interesting places are the Hassan II mosque (another post) and the media or old city. The first pic is the clock tower at the corner of the media at the main square in the center of town. Then a couple pictures in the media followed by a view of the continue and the Atlantic, a look at Rick's cafe ( yes its there based on the movie) and the old city wall.Read more

    • Day 102


      October 15, 2009 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      We visit a town just outside casablanca which has walls around the town. People in there have never been out. So never seen people with blond with bue eyes. We are being stared at. The school there is just having a break and the teacher explains my parents he has a. Mixed class. The children are very curious so push each other against us pull out hear and just pinch us. I feel very uncomfortable here. My dad tries to take pictures but this 1 guy keeps jumping in front of the Camara.Read more

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