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    • Day8

      Chellah 1

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

      Salā was the name given to the city founded by the Muslim conquerors of North Africa, which was mostly abandoned during the Almohad era, then rebuilt by the Marinids in the 13th century. The ruins of their medieval fortress are still extant. The Berber Almohads used the site as a royal burial ground. The Marinids made the site a holy necropolis, or chellah, and built a complex that included mosque, minaret, and royal tombs. The tall minaret of the now-ruined mosque was built of stone and zellige tilework, and still stands.Read more

    • Day8

      Minature set

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

      The legation building houses a museum, and some of the most impressive pieces were donated by the late Malcolm Forbes, who had a home in Tangier. He donated hundreds of hand-carved miniature soldiers set up in two famous Moroccan historical battles.Read more

    • Day7

      Museum—Tangier American Legation

      December 28, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

      The first American public property outside the United States, it commemorates the historic cultural and diplomatic relations between the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco. It is now officially called the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies, and is a cultural center, museum, and a research library, concentrating on Arabic language studies.Read more

    • Day8

      Chellah

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

      The Chellah or Shalla is a medieval fortified Muslim necropolis located in the metro area of Rabat, Morocco, on the south (left) side of the Bou Regreg estuary. The Phoenicians established a trading emporium at the site. This was later the site of an ancient Roman colony in the province of Mauretania Tingitana.Read more

    • Day7

      Rabat

      December 28, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

      Afternoon: Around 1pm, I head to the train station to catch a train that leaves around 2pm. The trip Tangier to Rabat takes a total of about an hour and a half. Upon arrival around 3:15pm, we drive overland for about a half hour to our hotel.

      Rabat is the capital city of Morocco and the country's seventh largest city with an urban population of approximately 580,000 and a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million. Rabat is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, opposite Salé, the city's main commuter town.
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    • Day5

      Rabat

      September 24, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Rabat is the capital of Morocco where the Parliament sits and the King's Palace is. After a bit of a disappointing breakfast here at The Farah Hotel we set forth at 10 am for an interesting tour of the places of interest. Firstly, was the unfinished tower and mausoleum of Hassan II and Mohammed V who died in the 90s and 60s respectively. We took pictures of the guards, some on horseback and those who guard the tomb. Following this was a walk in the Medina to the Casbah down the picturesque, if fraught with dangerous potholes,
      cobbled alleyways. There are numerous cats, looking thin and scraggy, whom the locals feed. Cats are preferred to dogs as pets as they are thought to be much cleaner creatures. We had a view of the beach and river estuary with Rabat on one side and Sale on the other. The temperature was steadily climbing and there was a welcome breeze here overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Now it was time to call in at a local cafe and partake of mint tea and locally made almond biscuits which were delicious although the guy collecting the money didn't necessarily have change and didn't really feel he should give you any anyway! After this we walked past where scenes of Mission Impossible 6 and Black Hawk down were filmed and then onto the grounds of the Royal Palace. Lunch was at a local restaurant and Ted partook of the meatballs (recommended dish) and I had the less appetising chicken tagine. Return to the hotel now and free time allotted to us for good behaviour so Ted and I sat by the rooftop pool. We were soon joined by several agreeable members of the group and spent a pleasant afternoon in the sun with a swim. Dinner at the hotel's Italian restaurant tonight.
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      Love the door. Some fabulous photos.

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    • Day4

      Casablanca

      September 23, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      An early start! Cases outside the door by 7.15, breakfast, then off to the station to catch the 8.20 to Casablanca. Fabulous station building remembered from the Michael Portillo programme. Old fashioned train in compartments for 6 and into Casablanca by just after 12.30pm. Landscape on the way barren but punctuated by irrigated areas of greenery. The 3 major industries are Tourism, Agriculture and Phosphate exportation in that order. Unable to see the mounds of white phosphate as they were obscured by mist but a lot of it is on the way to Casablanca.
      Casablanca is a very modern and smart city with 5 million people. King of Saudi Arabia has his holiday home there and there are lots of very prosperous residences with swimming pools in the way to The Corniche-the promenade really-where we had our lunch at a hotel. Various types of fried fish for all with salad and fruit. We had stopped at the "heart" of the city (Mohammed V Square) with its fantastic fountains, for photos but after lunch went to visit the iconic Hassan II Mosque which is absolutely huge, built over the sea and occupies 9 hectares. We had a comprehensive tour and talk of the mosque and ablutions! Rick's cafe ( not the original!) scene if the film Casablanca was photographed from the bus then it was on to Rabat for a two night stay.
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    • Day7

      Rabat - Oudayas

      February 3, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      The city part Oudayas was built in the 12th century during the reign of the Almohad Caliphate and is standing on the hill over the river, oposite to Salé. It is probably my favourite place in Rabat and I love to return everytime.
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      Časť mesta Rabat, Oudayas, bola postavená v 12tom storočí počas vlády Almohad-a Caliphate-iho. Stojí na kopci nad riekov oproti mestu Salé. Je asi mojím najobľúbenejším miestom v Rabate a nikdy neváham sa sem vrátiť.
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    • Day180

      Rabat

      September 30, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Still have a cough and not hungry but I made myself eat the fruit salad and yogurt on offer for breakfast.
      Will is surprisingly chirpy considering he had 16 beers.
      Bloody camel. Didn't even get drunk - I'd be in the hospital.

      Anyway, cuddled Bruno and packed. I don't know why I cant fit stuff in my bag but I've put my sleeping bag back on the outside of my luggage because I was finding it just too difficult to stuff everything in.

      We walked to the batha fountain and got in a taxi with another guy from our hostel.
      So cheap!!! It was only 8 dirham. (80c)

      Bought tickets for the next train with no issues and away we went.
      We are in first class again because I am really hot and it has basic air conditioning 👍🏼

      It's so dirty outside. Just rubbish after rubbish pile.
      I know it's a poor country but it's still totally unacceptable.
      It's realllllly bad.

      We napped but I was so stressed we would miss our stop it was hardly a rest. I had a mini panic every 5 minutes lol.

      Made it - had lunch then walked to the hostel.

      I love Will.
      I couldn't find the passports.
      I basically said to him I felt like vomiting, I can't find them.
      He kept me calm and wasn't angry and together we searched our bags.
      I messaged the old hostel to check if they were there but we did find them. 👍🏼
      I think my panic got in the way because they were in a different compartment than usual.

      We checked in and sat upstairs and talked to some people - so many Germans in Morocco!
      These 3 people left and were replaced with others.
      Everyone is really nice.
      We went out to dinner with 3 people from the hostel. They all leave for Fes tomorrow. It was a lovely resturant - they washed out hands when we entered and when we left. They also have ridiculous tea pouring skills. They hold the tea pot like over a meter away.

      Rabat is already our favorite spot.
      "Everyone" said it was rubbish but once again our opinions don't match.
      It's cleaner, we haven't been hassled and it's not falling apart and yet has s feel of authenticity.
      There are more cats though :(

      I hate walking past the chicken shops - that have live chickens just waiting..

      We chatted to more people at the hostel.
      My cough is annoying, Will has a sad tummy, the hostel needs more toilets and power sockets.

      Read some of my book - gotta finish it quick because book 5 of 'Lusam' came out today and I'm so keen!!!!
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    • Day181

      Rabat

      October 1, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Itchy from mozzies but other than that I slept ok. The call to prayer was so damn loud this morning though.

      Cough was so bad so I took a cough tablet.
      20 mins later I felt like I needed to throw up so I did... I though I was dying lol
      My vomit was bright green -
      After having a quick panic Will reminded me that the cough pill had a green coating.

      So All g.

      Sick of being sick. Haven't pooped since I last documented it - so it's like the 4th day? 😑😑😑😑

      Walked to the beach. It was really smoggy.
      We walked past this humongous cemetery and through a mini one which was so overgrown and covered in trash.
      The waves were good on one side of the boardwalk and crap on the other. Most people were on the crap side which was probably the smarter option. I think there were hidden rocks on the other side.
      We walked to the end of the boardwalk which had a barrier for waves to crash into and create splash.

      It was nice but the smog made it hard to see.
      Then walked to the medina/souks/ what ever the crap the main busy section is called for Will to eat some street food thing he saw last night. He bought it, didn't like it, threw it out so then we walked to maccas. Lol
      Got on the internet and replied to dad about the turtle....such a stupid turtle. 🐢
      They are cleaning the tank this weekend so the best of luck to them.

      In the markets there were boxes of tortoises for sale.

      Ok new medical disaster 😂😂😂😂
      I have developed a cysts on my wrist. Google tells me its likely not cancerous 👍🏼
      Just add it to the list - FYI I also have a big blister and a bleeding mozzie bite on my foot.

      I had a 3 hour rest on a wooden bench downstairs because our bedroom is way too hot.

      Will woke me up because he was getting angsty and wanted to go for a walk.

      We headed for the Hassan tower - a mosque they started building in the 1100's but never finished.
      I was in shorts which was a dumb move so we didn't linger cause it might have upset some people but we did go have a look.
      Churches are just so much better.
      The design was ugly.
      Boriiiiing.
      We sat in the park nearby but got moved along. We aren't sure why but there were a lot of police about this evening - we think something to new with the Islamic new year still going on.

      I really enjoy the radio towers they have around disguised as palm trees 😂

      We wanted to cross the river so we caught a row boat for 25c each. Winning.
      That was fun lol.
      It took us to an obviously rich area where we had dinner.

      Important notice:
      For the first time in my life - I had a sip of coffee and liked it 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

      Will got 2 because it was so good.

      I fed a cat all my pepperoni from my pizza. Hehehe

      The sunset was beautiful! Unfortunately my phone couldn't properly capture it.

      Everyone is blind - It's insane! Some of their eyes are seriously ducked up.

      I'm surprised that more children aren't missing Fingers... their favourite game?
      Dropping Fireworks in alleyways....
      Really hurts the ears and scares the shit out of you...
      Why you would go be a child a lighter.. ?
      Anyway..

      Have I mentioned the King reminds me of Lewis from
      Suits?

      Read a lot of my book tonight.

      Me and Will have swapped beds because he was too hot.
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