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A local merchant

I made it to Morocco fine. The first day of the tour was packed w/ activities. Since we have the afternoon to ourselves we went on our OWN walking tour of Casablanca.  We are too cheap to hire a cab so walking and hiting the pavement is fine.  First task to do was to get a big bottled water.  It was about $1.50 at the local candy shop.  The main goal today is to see the famous Mosque of Hassan II.  This mosque is the 2nd biggest in the Arab world.  It even has a retractable roof.  Once we got there, it was very breezy due to its location next to the ocean.  Beautiful mosque, I did felt at peace while walking there.  Very tranquil.

Following our street map, we kinda accidentally walked into the 'harlem' of Casablanca on Friday.

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
  The neigborhood guys are staring at us and definately knew we are not from the area.  Yep, we were wearing shorts.  Many Moroccan women usually wears pants.  We acted tough so it was NO Sweat.  My fave place to eat was this fast-food kebab/falafal place.  Dang, I wished I took a photo of this place. It was really neat.  The local beer to buy it Beer Flag.  Don't get the Casablanca beer bec usually the tourist buys it and it's overpriced.  I already finished a roll of film, still have 3 rolls to go.

I'm now in Fes. Fes is the artistic capital of Morocco.  According to our tour guide, Fes people turns their nose-up to menial work.  We visited a local pottery factory.  This place is very hands-on.  They do cook/bake the pots on a big sand pit.  I love the petrified stones they sell that has insects imbedded in it.  I think of Jurassic Park with the dragon fly inside the amber stone.  I got a few stones with a mollusk design.

I've been eating tons of meat dishes, just like in Türkiye. But bummer that Moroccan food is a bit bland for my taste. I haven't gone to the hamam baths yet. The exciting part will be the jeep tour on the Sand Dunes of Erfoud this thurs - this is an extra fee.

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A local merchant
A local merchant
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
After a sand storm near our hotel …
After a sand storm near our hotel…
Moroccan sweets in Marrakesh at Dj…
Moroccan sweets in Marrakesh at D…
Back to Casablanca
Back to Casablanca
A local water seller win tradional…
A local water seller win tradiona…
A local souk
A local souk
With Makiko, my new Japanese friend
With Makiko, my new Japanese friend
More pastries in Rabat
More pastries in Rabat
The horse stables by a famous King…
The horse stables by a famous Kin…
A local merchant
A local merchant
The traffic is moving right along
The traffic is moving right along
They are showing us carpets at Qua…
They are showing us carpets at Qu…
The famous leather tanning area - …
The famous leather tanning area -…
Entrance to the Fez mosque
Entrance to the Fez mosque
390 km (242 miles) traveled
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