Shāţi’ ar Ribāţ

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    • Day33

      Rabat, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Morocco

      November 27, 2021 in Morocco ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Für alle Besserwisser wie mich, die nicht in Wirklichkeit nicht alles besser wissen: Die Hauptstadt von Marokko.
      Krasser Gegensatz zu dem eher armen Media in Fez. Man sieht und fühlt, dass ich dem Bereich in dem ich in Rabat unterwegs war, deutlich mehr Geld vorhanden ist...

      For all know-it-alls like me who don't really know everything better: The capital of Morocco.
      Stark contrast to the rather poor media in Fez. You can see and feel that I have much more money in the area where I was traveling in Rabat...
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    • Day1

      First day in Marokko

      March 11 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Es heißt, der perfekte Start für Marokko-Neulinge ist hier in Rabat. Es gibt noch einige Parallelen zu Europa und man kann sich leichter mit der neue Kultur vertraut machen.
      Zudem ist es noch relativ sauber im Vergleich zu anderen Städten Marokkos, doch ich muss sagen das mich das nicht wirklich stört. Nach Asien und Südamerika bin ich an die anderen Lebensumstände gewöhnt, es hat sogar etwas vertrautes für mich. Zu Beginn einer Reise in ein neues Land bin ich jedoch immer etwas reserviert und mache mir erstmal einen eigenen Eindruck. Ohne all die gut gemeinten Tipps und Ratschläge von Familie und Freunden zu 'befolgen'.
      Nach meiner Anreise aus München über Paris bin ich am frühen Nachmittag nun endlich in Marokko angekommen. Ich war so voller Vorfreude und ganz entspannt unterwegs, das ich erst am Flughafen in Paris darüber nachgedacht habe, ob ich überhaupt ein Visum benötige. Ich entscheide mich es darauf ankommen zu lassen, viel ändern kann ich daran sowieso nicht mehr. Und ich habe 'Glück' als Deutsche darf man sich hier bis zu 90 Tage ohne Visum aufhalten.
      Erschöpft von der Anreise handel ich den Taxifahrer zwar von 300 auf 200 Dirham runter, habe aber trotzdem 50 zuviel bezahlt. Naja, nicht so schlimm es sind ja nur 5 Euro, und mir bleibt ja noch genug Zeit um das 'Verhandeln' zu üben :) Vor der Medina (Altstadt) holt mich ein Hotelmitarbeiter ab, damit ich mich in den kleinen Gassen nicht verlaufe, und nach einem kurzen Stop im Hotel bin ich dann bereit die neue Umgebung zu erkunden. Mein Weg führt mich zuerst zum Supermarkt, um mich mit ein paar Hygieneartikeln einzudecken, und schon entdecke ich dort ganz spontan Streetart an einer der Hauswände. Leider spielt das Wetter nicht so mit, und es beginnt leicht zu Regnen. Ich schnappe mir auf dem Heimweg noch eine Kleinigkeit zum Essen und verbringe den Rest des Tages damit meine Reiserroute durch das Land zu vervollständigen.
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    • Day35

      Racing about Rabat

      September 16 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      It’s only an hour train trip to travel the 90-kilometres from Casablanca to Rabat. Rabat, founded in the 12th century by the Almohads, is the capital city and the administrative hub of the country. When we boarded the train, people were already sitting in our seats, enjoying the first class carriage. But I'm not too sure what made this first class. It looked like any other suburban train. With some pigeon French and pointing, we figured out the seating arrangements.

      We decided to include Rabat as a stopover to see another part of the country and to break up the journey to Fes. This time, there were no dramas with check-in. Immediately, the atmosphere seemed different to Marrakech and Casablanca. The people seemed friendly and the city looked relatively clean.

      We had little time to waste so we set out for the old Medina and Kasbah. On our way, we stumbled upon the Martyrs Cemetery, a sea of graves near the seaside. The cemetery is on prime land near the beach, and it is divided into the elite versus the commoners. The differences between the classes is visibly evident. The gravestones of the elite are neatly arranged, while the commoners section seems to be in disarray and includes unmarked burials.

      Unlike Marrakech, the Medina was subdued, with very little spruiking going on. It may have helped that it was the Sabbath and most people were at mosque until the afternoon (except many of the shopkeepers). This gave us an opportunity to acquire some Morrocan wares at a fraction of the Marrakech prices. We walked away with a beautifully decorated silver teapot, with matching tray and glasses. The hunt is on to find matching accessories.

      The following day, we returned early to the Medina to continue our shopping spree, leaving the markets with new leather jackets. Now, the issue was going to be how we were going to get it all home. Easily solved. Let’s buy new backpacks.

      Laden like a pack-mule, we checked out of our hotel and made our way to the train station for our next leg of our Moroccan misadventures. It would have been handy to actually have a mule to carry some of our stuff.

      We had some time to kill so we rested with our entourage of bags. As usual, a stranger was drawn to me, mumbling something in French. The typical conversation ensued; we spoke about where we were from and how we can’t speak French well. The conversation nearly always ends with a request for money. Apparently I'm not to talk anymore, otherwise a stranger may cut my throat. It seems a bit dramatic, Jason.

      By the way, Jason’s Lost World continues to escalate. This time, he thought he'd lost his Kindle. Fortunately, I’ve rid myself of the dreaded Lost World syndrome.

      Next stop: Fes.
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    • Day7


      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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    • Day8

      Mausoleum of Mohammed V 1

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      King Hassan II commissioned the construction of the Mausoleum of Mohamed V for his late father, Mohamed V, in the year 1962. Construction of the Mohamed V Mausoleum was completed in 1971. Sultan Mohamed V ruled over Morocco for two terms. The first was from the year 1927 to 1953 and again from 1957 to the year 1961. He is remembered and noted for his efforts in the fight for Morocco’s independence. Both his sons, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah, were buried alongside him. It took the hard work of approximately four hundred men to build and complete the mausoleum that now stands as an architectural and historical masterpiece.Read more

    • Day8

      Mausoleum of Mohammed V

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      The Mohamed V Mausoleum is not only a perfectly preserved example of the Alaouite dynasty’s architectural style, but it is the final resting place of three significant members of the royal family. Here visitors and locals are able to pay their respect to these leaders and marvel at the detailed and beautifully designed mausoleum. It is both a tomb and a mosque and the Mohamed V Mausoleum is one of the few holy places that are open to the public.Read more

    • Day8

      Dinarjat Restaurant

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 59 °F

      Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a guide in traditional costume who will lead you by lamp-light to this magnificent Arab-Andalusian-style abode right in the heart of the medina of Rabat. Sample the sublime and authentic flavours of this Moroccan gastronomic cuisine by the light of the flickering candles and the gentle sway of the musicians' melodies.Read more

    • Day7

      Le Diwan

      December 28, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

      Located in the heart of the imperial city, close to embassies and ministries, this hotel is perfect for exploring the typical quarters and monuments of Rabat, thus ensuring a unique and memorable experience for its guests. With its elegant yet understated facade, the Diwan, which is a member of the MGallery Collection, combines modern features and Moroccan touches to create a refined, chic and urban stay. The Diwan spirit is based on thoughtfulness, style and esthetic appeal.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

      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

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    Shāţi’ ar Ribāţ, Shati' ar Ribat, شاطئ الرباط

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