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A brief trip to Morocco - lots of pics

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Marlat, Sep 16, 2008.


  1. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Well, my girlfriend and I just got back from a 10 day trip to Morocco and it was great (even if it was boiling hot and I suffered from a bit of a stomach bug for a few days).

    We started in Casablanca which, although its name brings up images of the cool movie, is really not the nicest of cities. Its big, its bustling and not particularly pretty. Here is a view from the top of the now unused cathedral:

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    and heres me being a daredevil trying to take the photo:

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    much more interesting is the area inside the old walled city (Medina) which is like another world of small alleyways and passages filled with people and shops:

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    and the giant Hassan II Mosque, completed in 1993 which is the fourth largest in the world and can accommodate 100,000 people at once. Given we were there during Ramadan, it was bustling every night.

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    of course, even in 40 degree heat and without eating of drinking since 4:30am in the morning, the local kids still found time for a game of soccer in the afternoon:

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  2. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    next we went to Rabat on the coast to check out the Kasbah (it rocked ;) ) and the Medina there.

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    That's the Kasbah in the background:

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    Then we headed to a giant Mausoleum:

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    But most of the fun is had just watching locals shooting the breeze (which includes a lot of arguing!)

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  3. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    In the afternoon it was off to Moulay Idreiss, a pilgrimage town for Muslims which was only opened to non Muslims in the 1970s. Its set in a hillside and is an amazing place to catch the sunset over the town:

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    We also checked out the nearby Roman ruins at Volubilis which was the fathest west that the Roman Empire went:

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  4. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Nice pictures.

    If someone was being an ***, just tell them 'Taboun Dimek'.

    They'll understand you ;)
     
  5. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Then it was off to Fes. Fes is another large town which has a huge Medina (with 40km of walls surrounding it). You need a guide to venture into the Medina otherwise you would get lost and never make it out. This is Fes:

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    This included the oldest working tannery in the world, where leather is produced (and sold all over Morocco):

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    and you can't forget shopping for carpets:

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  6. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Then it was off to Chefchaouen, a town which is famous for its giant Marijuana export. Although not apparent in the photos, this place is popolated by the "hippy tourist" patrol and their ridiculous "hippy pants" that they all seem to wear when travelling....well it made me laugh. Anyway you can't walk more than 10 steps without someone coming up to you and offering dope. However, given a lot are reputed to be undercover police, its best to say "la shukran".

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    Not drug dealers:

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    We caught an afternoon local soccer game before sunset:

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  7. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    We then headed via Tangiers (a terrible place, not worth the photos) to Marakesch for some final days of shopping and relaxing. The famous souks are amazing:

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    as is the grand place, which abslutely pumps at night, day:

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    night (taken on my phone):

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    So yeah, there you have some photos from Morocco. Its are great place and defintely worth a visit if you have a chance. It helps to know a little Arabic (I don't), but you can cope just fine with French. Its also woman friendly, so yeah. Think about it! ;) :D
     
  8. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Do they speak Maroccan Arabic or Berber?

    (NOT the same language)
     
  9. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Arabic and French, only the Berber's speak Berber.
     
  10. How about a boxer trip to morocco?
     
  11. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Sorry, you need about 4000 more posts before you can get away with bad puns like that.
     
  12. [theme from Midnight Express]
     
  13. Thunderscreech fails...yet again :atoz:
     
  14. Niiiice. I always wanted to visit Morocco.
     
  15. jazzy grille

    jazzy grille - Arrogant Bastard Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    Once again, great photos Mark.
     
  16. + 1

    you seem to be spending a lot of money on vacations...:D Actually, that's what i want to do as well the next couple of years.
     
  17. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Nice Mark. I know you don't surf, but did you get any shots of the beach or waves? There are some really good waves in Morocco. Although, I heard that people often get mugged or robbed out by the beach when heading out for a surf. Unfortunately, because of this, (whether it be true or not) many surfers are steering clear of Morocco.
     
  18. tommyr01

    tommyr01 Simma Down Nah ! Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    Tucson, AZ, USA
    Excellent pictures Mark, thank you.
    I went to Azerbaijan last year and some of your pics remind me of there.
     
  19. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Hey, the beach and I don't agree with each other so not much time was spent there. However the coastline we mainly saw was the Mediterranean Coast which doesnt have waves that are surfable (AFAIK). I did see a little of the Atlantic coast, but didnt get to anywhere where there was large surf so no real photos I am afraid.
     
  20. Toasted

    Toasted

    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Cool pictures Mark, the culture is famously fantastic in Morocco :)
     

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