A Day in Morocco

Tangier Travel Blog

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Again we started early, this time we were taking a bus excursion to Tangiers, Morocco. The bus took us past Gibraltar to the Spanish Port at the City of Tarifa, which is the southern most tip of Europe, then onto a fast ferry for a 30minute trip to Morocco.  A tour guide and a bus picked us up at the port and we started our tour.  We were driven through expensive neighborhoods where millionaires and wealthy Saudi and Kuwaiti princes live. After a drive along the Atlantic Ocean (First time that we seen the Atlantic since we left home) we stopped at the famous Caves of Hercules.

The city of Tangier
What makes this cave unique is that it has a huge opening on its side like a window, with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. The opening looks like a mirror image of the continent of Africa, with a smaller opening at the bottom that looks like the island of Madagascar.  Back on the bus we were taken to a typical Moroccan lunch under a tent which included a Berber Arabian Horsemanship display, Belly Dancing and music.  Everything was good up to that point; we were supposed to tour the Medina the old section of Tangier this is the reason that we took the tour.  However our tour consisted of a stop in a carpet store where we got a five minute talk on the making of carpets and a forty five minute high pressure sales pitch to buy carpets. But wait it gets worse, our next stop was a herbal shop where we got a sales speech from a man in a white lab coat (He must be intelligent if he has a white lab coat right) describing how his herbs could cure every ailment known to man, and a high pressure sales pitch to buy his powders and potions, and that was the concluded our tour of the Medina.  I hate to gripe but I’m sure that there more interesting things to see in Tangier then  a carpet store and a  Herbal  store,  .  well at least we can say that we been to Africa now. Maybe when I get home I’ll charge people  for a tour  of our local Mohawk carpet store and then a stop at GNC vitamins in the mall. 

 

margmack says:
it is a shame that you didnt get to wander the medina at your own pace... The sales pitch/tourist stops are embedded in all tour guides psych...We got it in Marrakech BIG TIME but luckily had plenty more days in Maroc to experience more than the hard sell. I like your idea of "tours" back home....LOL
Posted on: Dec 07, 2007
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Belly Dancer
Belly Dancer
The  city of Tangier
The city of Tangier
The opening to the Atlantic Ocean …
The opening to the Atlantic Ocean…
The opening to the Atlantic Ocean …
The opening to the Atlantic Ocean…
Moroccan Rider firing his Musket
Moroccan Rider firing his Musket
Moroccan Riders
Moroccan Riders
Tangier
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