In Casablanca

Casablanca Travel Blog

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We finally arrived in Casablanca and proceeded to head to the architectural wonder that is the Hassan II mosque. This is the second largest mosque in the world, following the Blue Mosque in Turkey, which is the largest.

There we were strolling through the massive courtyard outside the mosque with our second tour guide Rashid (Asham left us in Rabat, was it something we said :-))

We did not know that we needed to purchase our tickets to enter the mosque by a certain time, so we were just casually walking across the courtyard snapping away with our cameras until we noticed Rashid getting a little agitated and hurrying us along.

Top of the minaret of the Mosque
He kept saying "yala, yala" (the first Arabic word we learned and heard quite a bit throughout our trip, basically means, "let's go"). We finally got to the counter and purchased our entry tickets (the vendor did not look too happy, not a good sign). We then proceeded to the entrance of the mosque where we were barred by going in by the security guards. Let us just say a little disagreement ensued afterwards between the guards and Rashid. After some yelling and some pushing, we were finally able to enter the mosque. We took off our shoes quickly and placed them in the plastic bags we were given. Once inside, Rashid pointed to the first guided tour group he saw and told us to  follow them. We caught up with the tour group and after a few seconds we were like, damn, it's in French. I studied French in school, but since had no one to speak it with for so many, many, many (okay I'm aging myself here), years, I forgot a great deal of it.
  After a few minutes passed, the tour guide stopped speaking and looked at our puzzled expressions. She then asked us in English, you need the english guided tour don't you. We nodded yes, so she pointed out another guided tour to us in the mosque and asked us to join them. It was an english guided tour. Finally, we were able to enjoy and understand what was being said on our tour of the mosque. The architecture inside the mosque was so indredibly beautiful. All the detail was simply amazing.

After our tour of the mosque, we headed towards our hotel in Casablanca. Later that evening we met with the rest of our tour group (only a few us of started out in Tangier). It ended up being an all-female tour (excluding our tour guide and driver), much to the disappointment of Jade, the youngest in our group. All in all, there were 12 of us. I just kept saying oh boy 12 females, together for the next 12 days. I just looked at our tour guide with pity, which by the way was no longer Rashid. We now had a third tour guide, Mustafa (who did stay with us for the rest of our tour until the end, brave soul) and our second driver, Redwin. Oh I forgot to mention that our first driver also departed in Casablana. Seriously did we smell, was it something we said, starting to get a complex now. 

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Top of the minaret of the Mosque
Top of the minaret of the Mosque
From inside the Mosque
From inside the Mosque
Inside the Mosque, the architectur…
Inside the Mosque, the architectu…
This is where the men perform thei…
This is where the men perform the…
Beautiful mosaic fountain outside …
Beautiful mosaic fountain outside…
Still in the courtyard of the Mosq…
Still in the courtyard of the Mos…
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photo by: nathanphil