Via Asilah to Rabat

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Last morning in Tangier.... Front row - Anna, Bronwyn, Helen, Me, Miranda, Sue. Back Row - Mustafa, Bel, Mel, Jade, Rebecca, Debra, Achraf, Kate

 A really good breakfast at the hotel. Was interesting to watch the lady cook the pancakes...which is really just like indian roti bread.

As this was our last morning together we had to do the obligitory group photo... and don't we all look lovely! Am glad that I travelled morocco with this great group of people, and on this Kumuka tour as it would have been so different trying to do it on your own. It was a bit sad to say goodbye to Rebecca, Jade, Miranda, Kate, Debra and Bronwyn as they left one by one in taxis  for their various flights out.

A much depleted and tired (from the late night partying) group of 6 we were lucky that Mustafa took us on a short walk along windy alleys to a good view of Tangier port.

Is this a happy camper???? Making traditional flat bread for breakfast at Tangier hotel.
Some last minute haggling whilst walking through the hillside port area resulted in me purchasing some classic yellow leather Moroccan slippers, and the others managed to pick up a few sauvenirs as well. Mustafa was very flexible.. with only 6 women to herd around it was a lot more relaxed.

The next stop was Cape Spartal to the south of Tangier. A very historic place...and it was such a beautiful day that we loved the views and just had to do a little more haggling. there are ALWAYS sellers and wares no matter where you are! Nearby we entered the Cave of Hercules.. a famous coastal cave in Mrocco as when looking out to the ocean it is in the shape of the continent of Africa... see photo!  Saw local tourist children going on donkey and camel rides here. Lovely coastal scenery. Next stop was at the lovely coastal town of Asilah.

Tangier
Very laid back feel and pretty town...blues and whilte give a very meditteranean feel here. More stunning ocean views from our guided walk along the fort walls of the pretty town. Could have stayeed here for a holiday!

Back on the road Mustafa came up with the idea of doing as the locals do for lunch when travelling and stop at a roadside BBQ. Sounded good..bit dubious about the freshness of the meat a but it turned out to be a great "local" experience. and we ate 2 kg of meat!!!!  You got onion and tomato and heaps of crusty bread to tear off in chunks and have with the meat. ( and of course...MINT TEA) cost of 240 MAD ( $30) for the 8 of us... pretty cheap. Now I know that Morocco can be a cheap place to travel.

Arrived in Rabat hotel after driving around trying to find the damn place!!! ( Achraf is SUCH a good driver!)Traffic pretty horrendous in Rabat.

3rd .... tuck in! fingers only.
Throngs of people and noise and chaos makes Rabat a full on city! Our hotel was directly opposite the walled medina...and it was nice to stand out on our little balcony and get some  photos of the sunsetting over the old city once we had checked in. A few of us ended up meeting up with Mustafa and heading to a pizza place just outside the medina wall for dinner. Just had to buy the toy train set that was laid out on the footpath on display...Made in China...  little plastic figures of George Bush in an army tank chasing Bin Laden around this little plastic train track. We were all in fits of laughter...just didn't seem right to see this for sale in a muslim country! Cost me $3.50 AUD !!

 

 

 

 

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Last morning in Tangier....
Front…
Last morning in Tangier.... Fron…
Is this a happy camper???? Making …
Is this a happy camper???? Making…
Tangier
Tangier
3rd .... tuck in! fingers only.
3rd .... tuck in! fingers only.
roadside BBQ.... 1st you buy your …
roadside BBQ.... 1st you buy your…
2nd ...hand it to the chef directl…
2nd ...hand it to the chef direct…
Cape Spartal...If you look closely…
Cape Spartal...If you look closel…
Cave of Hercules... It does look l…
Cave of Hercules... It does look …
Sunset across Rabat medina from ho…
Sunset across Rabat medina from h…
Very odd positioning of toilet and…
Very odd positioning of toilet an…
Loved the doorman at our hotel...v…
Loved the doorman at our hotel...…
View across medina from hotel balc…
View across medina from hotel bal…
Rabat
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