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Casablanca

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  • Day2

    Wenn Hemingway das wüsste

    August 30 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Schon Ernest Hemingway hat über dieses Casablanca geschrieben. Schön sei es hier. Oder war es windig? Egal. Schön ist es hier immer noch und Sue‘s güldenes Haar ist lässig vom Winde verweht, kaum hat sich die Flugzeugtür geöffnet. Total Hollywood eben. Etwas weniger filmreif aber mindestens genauso kitschig - in einem Fall glaube ich tatsächlich Elsa von Frozen vor mir zu haben - präsentiert sich die weibliche Abendrobe, die man (beziehungsweise Frau) sich vom lokalen Verleih für die Hochzeitsfeier aufbinden lässt. Von „Anziehen“ kann bei dem Getüch nicht die Rede sein. Naja, wems gefällt. Mir nicht. Da macht mein schnittiger Anzug doch schon einiges mehr her. Finde ich. Aber ich bin hier ja in erster Linie eine übertrieben charmante und den Altersschnitt hebende Begleitung und erst in späterer Instanz eine relevante Meinung. Ich hab Durst.

    Für den ersten Abend lädt die Familie der Braut zum Kennenlern-Dinner. Lieb von ihnen. Ihr Apartment befindet sich im siebten Stock und bietet einen schönen Blick auf Meer und Moschee. Der Lift aus Zeiten Hemingways bietet laut unübersehbarer Warnung Platz für vier Personen. Wir sind fünf. Vier Mädels und meine pummelige Wenigkeit. Und natürlich probieren wir das Unmögliche. Und natürlich bleiben wir in der scheiss Kiste stecken. Klasse Start. Nach ein paar sich ewig anfühlenden Minuten ist es der immer sympathisch lächelnde Brautvater, der uns rettet. Leicht angeschwitzt freuen wir uns über die wiedergewonnene Freiheit und den herbeigesehnten Apéro. Doch anstatt Cüpli, Weisswein oder kühlem Bier, reicht man uns zur Aufmunterung und nach dem Erklimmen des siebten Stockwerks ein Glas Saft. Genau, Fruchtsaft. Unvergoren. Ach du heilige Scheisse! Zwei Minuten später ist auch klar, wie die Hochzeit tags darauf aussehen wird. Trotz liberaler und religionsfreier Grundhaltung von Braut und Eltern, wird für die gesamte, mehrtägige Zeremonie auf Alkohol verzichtet. Aus Rücksicht auf andersdenkende Verwandte und Freunde. Und wer bitte denkt hier an mich?! Ich krieg die Krise! Anstatt Rotwein soll es zum Hauptgang eine Auswahl von Wasser, Cola und Fanta geben? Verdammter Kindergeburtstag. Wenn Hemingway das wüsste, gäbe es wohl einen Buch-Klassiker weniger. Aber egal, ich bin ja nur die in die Jahre gekommene Begleitung von Beautiful Sue und wir nicht wegen mir hier. Armer Junge.

    Das nächtliche Kennenlern-Essen vermag mich teilweise zu trösten. Teilweise. Spannende Gerichte und unverschämte Mengen. Wie wir erfahren, muss in Marokko - und für ein Mal untertreibe ich sogar - mindestens doppelt(!) so viel serviert werden, wie gegessen wird. Alles andere wird als armselig empfunden. Man versichert uns auf Nachfrage allerdings, dass die Reste weitergegeben und nicht weggeworfen werden. Da ist man sich sicher. Ziemlich sicher. Also wahrscheinlich sei das so. Hoffentlich. Wie das übertrieben üppige Essen erfreut sich auch die anwesende Henna-Künstlerin grosser Beliebtheit. Die zurückbleibende Verfärbung an Händen und Füssen erinnert von Nahem allerdings eher an die orange Gesichtsfarbe Trumps. Von Weitem an eine Krankheit. Aber egal, den Mädels gefällts. Und kurz nach Mitternacht findet sich dann tatsächlich noch ein Grüppchen für einen Barbesuch. Ich könnt weinen vor Glück. Sue nicht. Im Club angekommen, vermag uns die lokale Begleitung davon überzeugen, dass die einzelnen Drinks zusammen eigentlich gleich viel kosten wie eine Flasche hartes Zeugs. Wir glauben den Scheiss zwar nicht, finden die Flaschenidee aber trotzdem total toll. Also ich. Ganz nach dem Motto „wa hesch, hesch“. Um halb Drei ist die Flasche Gin aber auch schon wieder leer und wir auf dem Weg ins Hotel. Ein totales Happy-End also.
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  • Day3

    Casablanca

    February 18 in Morocco ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Casablanca ist laut, sehr laut und als Fussgänger die Strasse zu überqueren erfordert schon ziemlich Mut.
    Hier hat immer der Autofahrer vortritt, rot? Diese Farbe kennen sie hier nicht, wozu hat jedes Auto eine Hupe!?
    Es hat leicht geregnet, und war deutlich kühler als gestern.
    Die grösste Moschee der Welt war sehr beindruckent, und direkt am Meer.
    Die Eisenbahnfahrt von Marrakesch nach Casablanca dauerte rund 2 1/2Stunden.
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  • Day4

    Ainda Casablanca

    April 13 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Depois de uma noite bem dormida e do pequeno-almoço tomado, uma caminhada até ao mercado revela-nos uma cidade preguiçosa, ainda a dormitar, com alguns lojistas a abrirem os seus estabelecimentos lentamente. É sábado e vamos ao Mercado Central. É mais pequeno do que o mercado em Braga. Tem outras coisas à venda, mas não é o que eu esperava de um mercado em Marrocos.
    Próxima estação é a Antiga Medina com a sua torre do relógio a assinalar a entrada. Estão a renovar as fachadas das lojas e todas terão em breve o mesmo aspecto, com umas portas simples de madeira de pinho. É uma Medina desorganizada e espalhada por uma área relativamente pequena. À saída entramos no Rick’s Café, icónica sala do filme Casablanca, para uma água e sumo de laranja. Diga-se que os preços são bastante caros, até para padrões europeus, porém o espaço valeu a pena o gasto. Mas o nosso destino final é a mesquita de Hassan II. Esta obra gigantesca, com um único minarete, demorou seis anos a ser construída. Moisés guia-nos pela Mesquita, explicando-nos o que nela se passa, de uma forma rápida, mas eficaz. Vai respondendo às perguntas dos visitantes sem hesitar e explica-me que a razão pela qual só existe um minarete e não quatro, como em outros lugares, tem a ver com influências das invasões espanholas, portuguesas e francesas que trouxeram as igrejas católicas com a sua única torre sineira. Noutros países, em que há quatro, a aproximação é com a igreja ortodoxa.
    Ainda há tempo para ir visitar a Nova Medina, uma mistura entre arquitetura francesa e marroquina que tem um efeito muito interessante. Um bom lugar para um lanche de pão com azeitonas e sumo de laranja natural e para nos espantarmos com os talhos de carne de camelo com as suas enormes cabeças em exibição. Para pena nossa o palácio Mahatma du Pacha não estava aberto e, por isso, furamos pela multidão do mercado de rua em direção ao elétrico para vermos o pôr-do-sol em Ain Diab - a zona moderna de Casablanca, com a sua Boulevard La Corniche a percorrer a costa.
    Apontamento importante acerca do elétrico - carregar o cartão com todos os bilhetes necessários. Comprar bilhetes pode acabar em insultos, apertos e empurrões se for ao fim do dia. O conceito de fila é absolutamente inexistente em Casablanca.
    Está é definitivamente uma cidade louca e desconcertante...
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  • Day2

    Casablanca - Moschee Hassan II

    July 7 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Frühs ging es gleich um 8.15 los zur dritt größten Moschee der Welt - nach Mekka und Medina; sogleich die größte Moschee in Marokko. Mit Platz für 25.000 Muslime in der Moschee und nochmal 80.000 auf dem Vorplatz. Das Hauptgebäude der Moschee steht auf dem Meer und soll eine Verbindung zu Allah herstellen. Interessant ist, dass auch das Dach aufgemacht werden kann während dem Ramadan, zeitgleich werden in der Mitte der Moschee der Boden mit Wasser gefüllt, so entsteht eine Verbindung der Muslime mit den drei Elementen - Luft, Erde, Wasser. Unter der Moschee gibt es eigens Räume um die rituelle Reinigung vor dem Gebet durchzuführen. Die Moschee ist mit Granit und Marmor verkleidet, das Holz ist Zedernholz - alles in allem hat sie 800.000.000 Dollar gekostet.

    Vormittags ging es dann noch mit dem Bus durch Casablanca und dann weiter in Marokkos Hauptstadt Rabat.
    Aber hier erstmal ein paar Bilder von der Moschee.
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  • Day1

    Ankunft

    July 6 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Sooo. Jetzt kommt erstmal der verspätete erste Footprint. Der Flug gestern ging ohne Probleme, aber mit 1h Verspätung. In München habe ich gleich mal einige meiner Mitreisenden kennengelernt und in Casablanca dann den Rest, sowie den Reiseleiter, der lustigerweise sehr gut deutsch spricht. Um 1:00 Uhr sind wir dann endlich im Hotel angekommen, von ausschlafen war aber nicht die Rede, denn um 8:15 geht es gleich los zur dritt größten Moschee der Welt - Hassan II.
    So mehr kommt später.
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  • Day12

    Casablanca

    July 17 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Der letzte offizielle Tag neigt sich dem Ende zu. Und ich schaue auf die weite des Landes, als wir auf dem Weg nach Casablanca von Essaouira sind, und denke über meine neuen Erfahrungen nach. Es war eine tolle Zeit und ich habe Dinge erfahren - über Marokko, die Kultur, meine Reisegruppe und auch über mich - die ich nicht vergessen möchte. Die letzten 2 Wochen waren vor allem erfüllt von guten Gesprächen und Lachen. Jeden Tag haben wir eine neue Seite von Marokko kennengelernt - so Facettenreich hätte ich mir das Land nie vorgestellt. Der Norden (Casablanca, Rabatt) ist stark von Frankreich geprägt erkennbar vor allem in den Gebäuden und der Lebensweise der Menschen. Auf dem Markt in Fes fühlt man sich in das Mittelalter zurück versetzt. Anschließend kam die Fahrt über den Mittleren und Hohen Atlas und der Süden des Landes. Hier sieht man, wie die Menschen in ihrer Zeit leben, fern ab von dem Stress der Stadt und die Einfachheit steht im Vordergrund. Marrakesch war eine Sache für sich, mit den Menschenmassen und dem Trubel. Abschließend dann noch Essaouira. Die kleine Hafenstadt erinnert an eine Stadt aus Griechenland, blau-weiße Häuser und es wird in den Tag gelebt.
    Hier noch einmal ein paar Impressionen aus den letzten 13 Tagen, angefangen mit Ziegen auf einem Baum. Viel Spaß.
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  • Day70

    Casablanca

    September 15 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Weiter entlang der Westküste ließen wir es uns nicht nehmen einen kurzen Stopp in Casablanca einzulegen. Kulturell hat die Stadt zugegebenermaßen, bis auf das höchste Minarett der Welt, relativ wenig zu bieten.

  • Day468

    Morocco

    November 12, 2012 in Morocco ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    Day 1: Casablanca
    Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Morocco. Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6pm – check with hotel reception to confirm the time. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. As there's little free time included in Casablanca on this trip, to fully explore the city consider coming a day earlier. Modelled after Marseille in France, the city is famous for its art deco buildings and the modern-day masterpiece, the Hassan II Mosque. A pleasant way to spend the day exploring Casablanca is to wander the old medina and the city walls, then jump in a taxi to visit the Quartiers des Habous, the new medina. Finish the day with a walk along the Corniche, watching the locals play football on the beach, or take it easy with a glass of sweet mint tea in one of the many great cafes. Note: Please be aware that some of our travellers to Casablanca are being approached by locals offering excursions before their Intrepid trip commences. This has been particularly prevalent in and around the hotels used by Intrepid. These guides are in no way connected to Intrepid Travel and we cannot guarantee the safety or quality standards of their tours. We strongly advise customers against joining any tour offered by unauthorised guides. Intrepid Travel assesses the safety of all optional excursions offered by our tour leaders. If you would like more information on the excursions available, please contact us before you travel or see the Intrepid-branded notice in the reception of your hotel.

    Day 2: Rabat/Meknes
    Today take an early morning one-hour train to the historical town of Rabat. Rabat's history is long and colourful, having been host to Roman settlements, pirates and more recently the Moroccan parliament. It contains numerous fine Arab monuments, some dating from the 10th to 15th century Almohad and Merenid dynasties, and others that are far older. The earliest known settlement is Sala, occupying an area now known as the Chellah. Store your luggage and spend a few hours strolling through the city's old quarter, then walk up to Kasbah des Oudaias and enjoy views over the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, continue to Meknes on a three-hour train. The imperial city of Meknes was built when Sultan Moulay Ismail (a contemporary of Louis XIV) set out to create his own version of Versailles, using over 25,000 slaves to construct walls, gates and over 50 palaces.

    Day 3: Volubilis/Fes
    This morning is free to explore Meknes. In the 17th century Sultan Moulay Ismail turned Meknes from a provincial town to a spectacular Imperial city – visit his immense Heri es Souani Granary, a mammoth architectural feat, and the city's now crumbling imperial palaces. Try a camel burger for lunch at friendly local restaurant in the medina. Later, board a private minibus and travel for one hour through rolling hills and olive groves to the archaeological site of Volubilis. World Heritage-listed Volubilis was once a provincial Roman capital, a distant outpost of the empire, and the remains make an undeniably impressive sight. Upon arrival, take a tour around the ruins with a local guide. Please remember to pack drinking water, hat, sunglasses and sun cream for this tour as it may get hot and you will be exposed to the sun. And, of course, don’t forget to take your camera as the town is filled with fantastic mosaics along the Decumanus Maximus, many of which remain intact. Afterwards, make the two-hour drive to Fes, where you'll spend the next two nights. Fes is the spiritual and cultural heart of Morocco; vibrant, noisy, fascinating and overwhelming – a visual and pungent feast for the senses – with a huge, well-preserved medieval old city that’s the mother of all medinas.

    Day 4: Fes
    Take a guided group walking tour of the old city, known locally as Fes el Bali. Step back into the Middle Ages in the labyrinth of the Medina, which is alive with craftsmen, markets, tanneries and mosques. Pass donkeys piled high with goods (this is one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world) and explore the specialty sections that divide the souk. Look out for the Medersa Bou Inania, one of the city's most beautiful buildings, which has recently been restored and is now open to tourists. Visit the Belghazi Museum, Medresse el Attarine and the splendid Funduk Nejjarine, a beautifully restored 18th century inn. You'll also see the famous tannery, known for the iconic view overlooking its dye pits, and a ceramics factory where you can see potters working in the traditional way. In the evening, perhaps enjoy a delicious group dinner (at your own cost) of Moroccan specialities like harira (chickpea soup) and chicken-stuffed pastilla with couscous. The group may also head to the Palais Jamai for a drink. Watching the sunset over the Medina while a dozen prayer calls vie for attention is an experience you'll likely remember for a long time.Notes: Today’s experience will include shopping in carefully selected places. As the receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops, services or activities is ingrained in the culture of the Moroccan tourism industry, Intrepid has established a centralised system of receiving and distributing payments from these recommended suppliers. For more information, please refer to ‘Important Notes’ section or talk to your Tour leader on the ground.

    http://www.intrepidtravel.de/trip/best-of-morocco-2/

    Editiert am 23.03.2018
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  • Day476

    Morocco

    November 20, 2012 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Day 10: Aroumd
    Bid farewell to the Sahara and journey over the spectacular Tizi n'Tichka Pass (2,260 metres above sea level) to Toubkal National Park (approximately 5 hours), photographing snow-dappled mountains and valleys in full flower along the way. At the end of the road in Imlil, store your main luggage and load a daypack onto a pack mule. Walk into traditional mountain village life with a one-hour trek up to the peaceful village of Aroumd, far from the reach of the modern world. If you don't feel comfortable with the walk, you can ride a mule instead. Perched on a rocky outcrop, the remote village of Aroumd offers stunning views across the High Atlas Mountains and a unique opportunity to experience traditional Berber culture. Spend the night in a family-run mountain home (gite) in Aroumd. Surrounded by the smell of woodstoves and bread, meet the host family and enjoy Berber hospitality and food. Facilities at the homestay are shared (both the bathroom and sleeping arrangements) but cosy, comfortable and definitely a unique Intrepid experience.

    Day 11: Essaouira
    Take a morning walk through the valleys and trails of the stunning Atlas Mountains. Afterwards, head westwards for five hours towards the Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira, a city where the medina brushes up against the Atlantic Ocean. Sandstone walkways contrast with whitewashed houses, bright blue sky and the sand of the surrounding beaches and dunes. This artists' town was once home to sizeable British and Jewish populations, and its charm has seduced people like Orson Welles and Jimi Hendrix, who (according to local legend) spent much of his time here in the 1960s. It is one of North Africa's most attractive places, and you will soon find yourself slipping into the easy-going rhythm of this Moroccan town with a European seaside twist. Stay in a restored riad, or Moroccan mansion, a traditional nobleman's house unique to Morocco that’s a calming oasis away from the buzz of the medina. Your riad is beautifully designed and decorated in traditional Moroccan style, cosy yet historical. This is likely to be one of the most memorable stays of your journey.

    Day 12: Essaouira
    Today, join a local guide for a walking tour through the old medina, Jewish mellah, port and skala (sea wall). Afterwards, use your free time to get under the skin of the town. The narrow streets of Essaouira are ideal for casual exploration. Their size discourages cars, and on a walk through the town it feels as though little has changed since the days of sea pirates. The fishing port is a serious commercial operation and there’s much fun to be had observing the daily catch and its subsequent auction. A freshly-cooked plate of the day's catch is highly recommended. Browse the plentiful shops and intriguing art galleries that make this little town a particularly pleasant place to unwind for a few days. It has a growing reputation for its unique art and is becoming even more famous for its burled Thuya wood, delicately formed and inlaid in tiny shops that are built into the thick walls of the Portuguese ramparts. The scent from the oils used to polish the richly coloured wood permeates the air and makes walking down the streets incredibly pleasant. If you’d prefer to relax, don't miss the opportunity to indulge in a hammam or local-style bath.

    Day 13: Marrakech
    Chat with locals on a shared bus ride to Marrakech (approximately 3 hours), an ancient, exotic city wrapped in European modernity. Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Be enticed by the alluring scents and brilliant colours of the spice markets, the sounds of the musicians, the rich folds of carpets, delectable foods, acrobats and perfumed gardens. Perhaps join the thronging crowds for dinner at the famous Djemaa el Fna, one of the largest public spaces in the world and unique to Marrakech. When night falls on this square it transforms in to a hive of activity. Snake-charmers, henna-painters, performers and storytellers share the square with a street food bazaar, packed with stalls loaded with Moroccan delicacies, including snail soup! Perhaps enjoy a bite of famous Moroccan pastries with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, and then maybe finish your day with a cup of tea on one of the roof-top restaurants overlooking the square.

    Day 15: Marrakech
    Your Best of Morocco adventure comes to an end today. Check-out time is usually around midday and you are free to leave at any time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring here. Speak to your leader about the wealth of extra activities to do around Marrakech.

    Danach waren wir noch einige Tage an der Küste. Und zwar wieder in Essaouira. Dort hatten wir auch ein excellentes Hotel.

    http://www.intrepidtravel.de/trip/best-of-morocco-2/

    Editiert am 23.03.2018
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  • Day7

    Casablanca

    November 7, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Our last stop of the journey was in Casablanca, a city where just the name directly wakes feelings of grandeur. We had considered skipping it because there are many other cities to see and from what we heard there's nothing all too special about it. But as it was on our way to Fes and we had time we decided to go anyways! Which was a great decision even though we were greeted by a dark (it was once again pretty late when we arrived), smelly and dirty. Also our stay was just a mere additional room at the back of an alley. But the host was really friendly and chatty. We spent some time with him before going for a short walk in the area.
    In the morning we went out early so we can see all of the sights in the city. First we went in direction of the harbour to have breakfast there with a view. Then we stopped at a filming location of the famous movie "Casablanca". The next stop was a bit further away but one of the highlights, the mosque Hassan II. It is an impressive sight located directly in the harbour and made with incredible details! For the last stop we went to the largest mall in Morocco which has a large aquarium in the center, besides that it's just a normal mall.
    For the end of our trip we took the train back to Fes and spent the night in the airport. The journey was exhausting but also very rewarding filled with culture and history!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Casablanca, Darul Baidha, الدار البيضاء, Kasablanka, Горад Касабланка, ⴰⵏⴼⴰ, Казабланка, কাসাব্লাংকা, Касабланка, کازابلانکا, Καζαμπλάνκα, Kazablanko, Casabranca, קזבלנקה, Կասաբլանկա, CAS, Kazablanka, カサブランカ, კასაბლანკა, Tigemmi Tamellalt, ಕಾಸಾಬ್ಲಾಂಕಾ, 카사블랑카, ກາຊາບັງກາ, കാസബ്ലങ്ക, कासाब्लांका, ကာဆာဘလန်ကာမြို့, Касабланкæ, ਕਾਸਾਬਲਾਂਕਾ, کاسابلانکا, Ad Dar al Bayda, காசாபிளாங்கா, కాసాబ్లాంకా, กาซาบล็องกา, دار البیضاء, Kasablank, 卡萨布兰卡

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