Morocco, Malta · 16 Days · 26 Moments · November 2018

BJ’s Adventure in Morocco

3 December 2018

Fun night at Taros in Essaouira on Thursday, Nov 29th.

1 December 2018

The palace for the king’s 160 official concubines.

30 November 2018

The Square in Marrakech on a Friday night.

29 November 2018

We went to the fish market, then to a cafe where they are grilling our purchases over the wood burning fire.
Tour of the port and the Medina in Essaouira
In the Medina in Essaouira

23 November 2018

“Transport” by camel and spending the night in the desert. PS: The tent in the desert was warmer than the night before and the night after in the gite.

22 November 2018

A testament to the few very cold nights in Morocco.
Hiked to our remote hotel in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Notice the clothes drying on the stacks of limbs. Each woman is responsible for gathering all the wood she will need for the winter. 🤣
Stopped at a Berber camp on our drive South. Count your blessings this Thanksgiving Day. I am thankful for this experience.
Ifrane 11/22 Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) - Switzerland of Morocco. Chalets and one of the 32 royal palaces of Morocco.

21 November 2018

Wed 11/21 Fun in the Fes Medina today. Amazing labyrinth of alleys, paths with no cars...only donkeys, mules and scooters with, of course, a sea of humans! Hassan is our Intrepid guide. We had a local guide for the Medina. I went a little scarf-crazy. Beautiful textiles. From Wikipedia: Fes el Bali (Arabic: فاس البالي‎) (English: Old Fez) is the oldest walled part of Fez, Morocco. Fes el Bali was founded as the capital of the Idrisid dynasty between 789 and 808 AD.[1] Besides being famous for having the oldest university in the world, the University of Al-Karaouine, Fes el Bali, with a total population of 156,000, is also believed to be the biggest car-free urban area in the world.[2]

20 November 2018

Tuesday, 11/20 in Meknes Royal City and Medina, Volueilis (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and arrived in Fes. Toured the Royal City in Meknes where the Sultan built spectacular graineries and housed 12,000 horses. The roof on the stables collapsed during the Lisbon 1755 earthquake.
Dinner at a private home was a beautiful experience. I know I look like I need the Heimlich maneuver in one picture and also new hairdo due to no hair dryer...rather no adapter. Love the sweet mint tea, but as you can see I’m piling in the sugar. Hassan, our guide, pouring the tea with a flourish.
Rainy day, but that did not slow us down one bit. I prefer the rain and cool weather to bugs and heat. Beautiful Roman ruins and spectacular views...reminded me of Tuscany!
Medina in Meknes - Today was “Let’s have a camel burger” day! Olives were amazing...camel burger...? It was a holiday (Mohammed’s Birthday) so lots of activity in the Medina. The mixed bag of olives was MAD 20 (Dirham) - $2.

19 November 2018

Train from Casablanca to Rabat. Spent the day in the old city which was divided by three...the Portuguese, the Muslims and the Andalusians.

18 November 2018

Toured the Hassan II Mosque this morning, the Mahqama Pasha building, walked through the Medina and had Lamb Tagjne with prunes and almonds. From Wiki: The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquée Hassan II is a mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the largest mosque in Morocco, the second largest in Africa, and the 5th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest minaret at 210 metres. Completed in 1993, it was designed by Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues. It was built between 1987-1993. 10,000 craftsmen worked three shifts 24/7 to complete it. Marble, Cedar wood and titanium (it does not corrode from the salt water.) The chandeliers were made in Murano (Italy). Two columns and 2 panels are Italian Carrera marble. All other materials are from Morocco. 1/3 of the building is over the ocean and the roof is retractable. When it’s open the pigeons come in...there’s 200 people work to clean it every day.

17 November 2018

Arrived in Casablanca, checked in to hotel and crashed. Brushing up on my high school French from 50 years ago! At least it seems familiar. 😝 Traffic from airport was a mish-mash of vehicles all vying for the best position with little regard for lanes. That’s to be expected but the constant, persistent horn blowing is what’s different. 🏍🚗🚌🚙🚜🚛🚚🛵🚑🚎🚐🚕🚒 It’s more of a conversation among drivers. “Be-be-be-beep” “Toot-toot” “Dink-dink” “Beeeeeeep” “Hooonnnkkkk” Just a constant cacophony of horn blowing out my open hotel window. You soon get inured to it and as I discovered, not that hard to sleep right through it. 😴