Casablanca, Rabat. Meknes and Volubilis
3.2.15 - 3.3.15 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
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?)
It was then off to the crypt of the current King - Mohammed - grandfather. The original mosque was never completed many years before.
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.
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.
From there we chose the road less traveled for the 90 minute trip to Fes!