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Morocco

Fes

Today was everything Fes. It started out foggy and by the time we had visited our first two stops - the Royal Palace and the 14th Century Jewish sector and cemetery it had clearedDSC_4088a.jpgDSC_4092a.jpgDSC_4093a.jpgDSC_4099a.jpg

We then headed to the opposite side of the valley for a panoramic view of the city with it's many districts and sites
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We then spent the next 4 hours wandering the large maze of alleys that make up the ancient medina and than from the middle years. Unless you have done it, it's impossible to describe. Of course, no visit to Fes is complete without a visit to the ancient tanning operation, where jobs have been handed down from father to son for generations.
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...and finally back to the hotel to pack for a very early 3:00am start to tomorrow to hopefully make it home - snow in the New York area willing. Morocco is a marvelous country with very friendly people and a comfortable way of life - well worth a visit!
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My complete photo album will be forthcoming!

Posted by rpickett 10:55 Archived in Morocco Tagged fes Comments (0)

Morocco

Casablanca, Rabat. Meknes and Volubilis

sunny 75 °F

The tour of Morocco really started yesterday departing Marrakech at 9:00am for the trip to Casablanca. Casablanca is a huge city - 6 million that is plagued with horrible traffic etc. It really isn't that picturesque, as you have to fight traffic all the time. However the Hassan II Mosque is magnficient the third largest mosque in all of Islam on the shores of the Atlantic
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The rest of the day was spent driving on the major highway to Rabat, where I was able to check into the hotel mid afternoon enjoy some quite time.

At 9:00 am this morning I met my new driver - our car from yesterday had a significant mechanical issue so the company shifted me from a "traveled" Mercedes to a new one with a great driver...again. We visited the Royal Palace area - really not much to see - as it is residential are so the the King's kids can go to school with the varied cultures of the country. We then visited the Roman ruins - home to 100's of storks (the national bird?)
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It was then off to the crypt of the current King - Mohammed - grandfather. The original mosque was never completed many years before.
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We then headed of to Meknes - home of the Berbers (85% as opposed to the rest of the country which is Sunni) to visit the grain storage facility for 12,000 horses - temperature controlled and constructed in the 17th century.
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My driver and I then headed into the wonderful countryside to the ancient (4th century) Roman town of Volubilis. Although somewhat destroyed by the Lisbon earthquake of the late 1700's, about 1/3 of it has been unearthed. There are currently no active excavations.
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From there we chose the road less traveled for the 90 minute trip to Fes!
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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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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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