Daily Archives: February 23, 2019

Tangier: resources

Some of the sites I consulted to help me plan my trip to Tangier, Morocco:

Casablanca: on the streets

Doors near the sultan’s palace:

A well-dressed Moroccan man. Fez, djellaba, and leather sandals. Yellow is considered quite right.

Food in the vicinity of the sultan’s palace:

Minarets everywhere.
A street mural. Tagine with potato, red pepper, lemon, olives.
Near the sultan’s palace, camel feet for shishkabob. This stall sells nothing but camel meat.

Items for sale:

I now own a djellaba.  More on that later.

Casablanca: in transit

Scenes from the rather agricultural countryside, in transit from Tangier to Casablanca and back:

Casablanca: Hassan II mosque

The third-largest mosque in the world, and largest one in Africa, Hassan II mosque is a new addition to Casablanca.  Funding for its construction came from the government, the crown, and the faithful.  The building can house 25K people for prayers (men on the main floor, women on the raised second-floor platforms, enclosed by stunning wooden screens), with another 80K on the plaza outdoors.  The roof opens to the sky.  And this is the only mosque in the area open for public tours.

The first view, from the plaza.

The sheer size of this mosque boggles the imagination.

On entering, we placed our shoes in green bags, then carried the bags with us.  We walked from the west end to the east end and heard of some of the details of decoration.  Then we went downstairs to a whole floor that is nothing but fountain after fountain for ritual washing before prayers.

From the distance.

In the washing area:

On the main floor:




Casablanca: storks

I saw numerous stork nests on Friday, en route to Casablanca, and on the return.  And I was fascinated!

Look closely at the top of the tall structures.  Storks apparently build huge nests, and then return to them year after year.

Now that I’m aware, I’m on the hunt for stork nests in Tangier as well.

These photos are all from the train on the return to Tangier.