Morocco, Morocco !!!

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Our 2009 trip to Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, Merzoga, Ouarzazat, Marrakesh, & Essaouira; was a great success. Morocco, truly; is in the top for beauty… I would recommend it to any one or group that wants to maximize a travel opportunity."

 

Most important, We had an exceptional experience to know morocco.

We started a visit of the economic capital of Morocco : Mohammed V square, central market, the Habbous District, residential district of Anfa & Ain Diab. We hit the way for some yum yum Morrocon food at one of the restaurants opposite to the beach. I may say, the seafront restaurants did not have much of choices nor good sea food !! and we end up with checkin and salads.

We went on our way to Rabat, which is considered the white imperial city and the administrative capital of the kingdom. The sightseeing includes the Mechouar (ramparts and walls surrounding the Royal Palace), the Oudaya Kasbah, the splendid mousc of Mohamed V mausoleum, the Hassan tower. Then we checked in to our hotel to rest and get ready for next day.

8:00 am we departeted to Meknes, the old medina is surrounded by a triple thickness
of 40 km walls and preserves the most beautiful gate of Morocco : the Bab Mansour.

Also visit of the Royal stables of Moulay Ismael, where there are Arabian horses, then we took a walk around the Medina and the Jewish quarter. After lunch, we went to Fez, an amazing city, via the holy city of Moulay Idriss, where the founder of the Islam in Morocco is buried, and visit of the ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis. It was very impressive historical area, however; very hot as well. We hit back to the hotel for rest to be ready for a whole sightseeing of Fez, the most ancient of the Imperial cities founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idridd II. We explored the medieval Medina with its Attarine and Bou Anania Medersas (religious Islamic universities), the Nejjarine fountain, the Moulay Idriss mausoleum, and the Karaouine Mosque. We had Moroccan lunch at a traditional restaurant in the Medina. Our visit to Fez Jdid, is something remarkable as this city is full of tiny allys. We returned back to Meekness to our accommodation. accommodation at the hotel.

Next morning, we departured to Erfoud via the mountains and the cedar woods of the middle Atlas passing by Ifrane, a charming ski resort and Azrou, an important handicraft centre and stoped in Midelt for lunch.

On our way to Erfoud, we passed by Errachidia and the Ziz valley dotted with palm trees, which are the source for the yearly date Feztival in Erfoud.  Than the unique trip started when we were transfered by 4X4 to Merzouga the wonder of desert, we rest and had dinner and slept comfortably at a hotel called Tombouctou, stanning place !!! Early morning, we were ready for the excursion to see the sunrise over the sands-dunes of Merzouga. Then back to Efourd by 4x4 and than meet again with bus toure to continue to Rissani. The holy city where Moulay Ali Cherif, ancestor of the Alaouite dynasty is buried. Morroco has many  Kasbahs, one of them exests since 17th century and the Ksar Abbar ruins. Then we visited the magnificent  Todgha canyons which rocks reach and altitude of 250 meters. We had lunch at a restaurant situated at the feet of the canyons and departured to the Dades canyons for a visit before we continue to Ouarzazate via the road of the thousand kasbahs and the Dades valley famous for its roses and the yearly Moussem (rose Feztival) as well as the Kasbah  of Taourirt.
In Ourazazate we had dinner and stayed at the hotel..

 We then passed by kasbahs of Taouirt Tiffeltout and Ait Benhaddou,
the most spectacular fortress in the south of Morocco, which has served as decor for many films like "Laurence of Arabia".
and we had lunch at the terrace of the restaurant facing the Kasbah before our departure to Marrakech via the Tichka pass offering an impressive landscape in the heart of the Atlas mountain chain.
We devoted the intire day to explore Marrakech, the second oldest Imperial city, known as the pearl of the South. The city was founded by the Almoravides at the end of the 11th century. The historical sightseeing includes the Menara garden, the Saadian tombs, the Bahia, the palace was given to a lady called Bahia because he delivered babies to the king (wish he met me
J) and the palace was named after her.

We also visited the Koutoubia . In the afternoon, we visited the souks (Local market) and handicraft quarters displaying
a variety of items and the famous place Djemâa El Fna with
its non stop   entertainment.
Next day, after a good rest we moved at 11.00 am to reach a city called Essaouira where many resturatnts laocated next to the beach we had lunch at one of them before we explore the idyllic fishermen town known as the former Mogador and Portuguese stronghold and famous for its woodcarving handicraft, I bought one hane painting by an artist whom I saw on one of the Morrocon T.V programs.

By this our trip ended and my and my friend had extra days which we deside to spend in Agadeer before we go back to casablana for going back home.

Agadeer is a city that went through an earth quick disaster, around 20,000 were killed and the city was distoryed. Rebuilt again and many of its historical palces were gone too.

Not enough to explore this lovely country, we did enjoy every single minute of our trip.

 

 

Dr_Seuss says:
Morocco certainly is an amazing experience
Posted on: Sep 30, 2009
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