Casablanca Travel Blog› entry 4 of 18 › view all entries
My first day alone in Casablanca was pretty good. I left Hotel Ajiad (right in the middle of the city..close to medina and all the action)and strolled along the main drag Hassan II Blvd past souvenier shops, pharmacies, cafes (french style with tables and chairs on sidewalk facing the road...but full of men drinking coffee..not many women in sight at these cafes),banks, pastisseries YUM and found a stationary shop and made my first purchase of a little notebook ...had my trip diary now. I noticed the female styles of dress ranged from full cover in Black to the "bright young things" wearing very western TIGHT jeans and fairly revealing tops sometimes with headscarf...sometimes with out!and the modern business women weraing tailored suits with knee lenght skirts.
Was quite a hot day and I was pleased to get back to my air-con room for an afternoon nap. Still recovering from the trip over.... that is my excuse anyway! I then ventured out again and found a sidewalk cafe that had a few couples and sat and ordered a coffee and watched the passing parade...As a smoker I was very pleased to be able to enjoy a ciggie with my coffee.
This evening I met the other people going on the Kumuka tour....11 females!!!!! 9 Ozzies, 1 Kiwi, and 2 American.....how would that be for luck?!? Ages range from 19 to 50's and all seem very nice. Time will tell. Our guide will be Mr Mustafa. Not much paperwork or information was given at all..no documents requested but lots of smiles. Turns out 6 of the girls joined the tour in Tangier and had travelled for 2 days together already.
A few of us went to dinner at a nearby restaurant called Le Fleur...I had my first Moroccan Tagine! I chose a meatball (Kefta) one and it was absolutely delicious!!!!! Yummy bread served as you sit down.....along with olives (which unfortunately I cannot aquire a taste for ). Even shared a red wine...Now I am in Morocco!!!!