Home less than a week, and I miss Morocco . . . .
Years ago, while traveling in Malaysia, I bought a kaftan for a steal. And it was the most comfortable summer lounge-wear ever.
So, when in Morocco . . . . I purchased a djellaba. Here are photos of the fun at the shop:
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 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.
In the washing area:
On the main floor:
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.
The movie Casablanca is an iconic one, filmed on a budget as a type of war propaganda, and now considered a classic.
Much of the movie unfolds in a fictional restaurant/gambling den in Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart is the proprietor of Rick’s Place.
More then 10 years ago, the fictional Rick’s Place was constructed near the port in Casablanca. Faithfully recreating the movie set, this restaurant is actually a fine place for a meal. I’m told they host evening shows as well.
My lamb and couscous was delightful. Achraf’s salmon with mushroom risotto was even better. And for about $60, we had entrees and drinks and an appetizer of goat cheese croquettes.