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Morocco

Marrakech

sunny 72 °F

Today we finally had some time to visit Marrakech. We started off and drove by the largest Mosque in the city and then had a wonderful lunch at a restaurant that was in a old residence in the city. We then went into the old part of the city - 15th century - to visit and old mosque/residence that is now part of the city. Marrakech inside the ancient city walls, is the city we all see in movies etc. It is quite wonderful.

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Posted by rpickett 09:57 Archived in Morocco Tagged marrakech Comments (0)

Morocco

Marrackech

sunny 71 °F

I had nothing scheduled for most of the day, which allowed some time for time zone correction.

I had a wonderful lunch along side the adult pool at the resort
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Last night we had our opening reception and party at Chez Ali which was all things Moroccan plus a show called Fantasia similar to Medievil Times in format. We had more food than anyone could possibly eat, some good Moroccan wine and plenty of entertainment.

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Posted by rpickett 08:03 Archived in Morocco Tagged marrakech Comments (0)

Morocco

Marrakech

sunny 70 °F

This adventure is to Morocco, for the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) International Destination Expo in Marrakesh. I flew to JFK where I boarded a brand new 787 Dreamliner for the non-stop to Casablanca, Air Maroc's hub. We arrived early in the morning, and the airport was essentially shut down. Tough when you have a 3 hour+ layover. We did find an interesting companion in the waiting area. The Casablanca cat. I am not sure where it was traveling to, but it apparently had finished the paper!
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Once on the ground in Marrakech, we took a short ride to the Four Seasons, where I will be staying for the next 5 nights before taking a three night tour to Casablanca and Fes. A beautiful view of late afternoon in the Atlas Mountains, and dinner of a beef tagine - typical local food.

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Posted by rpickett 07:41 Archived in Morocco Tagged marrakech Comments (0)

Norway and the Northern Lights

Photo Album

My photo album of this great trip is up and running.

Click Hurtiguten Norway 2015. Click the first picture and then click "slideshow" at the top to enjoy the pictures that way.

Enjoy!

Rusty

Posted by rpickett 09:42 Archived in Norway Comments (0)

Norway and the Northern Lights

Cruising toward Bergen

overcast 36 °F

Our last 24 hours on board was spent cruising southbound towards Bergen. The scenery was spectacular and you never seem to get tired of looking at a beautiful coastline.

All in all, the cruise was more than we expected in terms of scenery and enjoyment. The cabin was comfortable, only about 350 people on board primarily Norwegian, German and French and everyone enjoyed each other. The crew was exceptionally friendly and truly liked their work. Their schedule is roundtrips on and two roundtrips (22 days) off, year round. The get on and off the ship at whichever port is closest to their hometown, which makes life very good for them. This will not be my last trip on Hurtigruten - Spitzbergen and Antarctica (again) await.

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Posted by rpickett 08:50 Archived in Norway Tagged bergen to cruising Comments (0)

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