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We got up and started the journey to Paris Orly Airport. We took a few metro lines and all in all it was very simple. I read a tiny but about Royal Air Moroc and it all looked good. All of their planes had leather seats and personal screens even in economy. They recently won some award and moved up the level of quality within airlines. I was ready to be treated like a king on out 2hr 20 minute flight. We checked in smoothly and saw that it noted it takes about ...
... Volubilis was named after the flower we know as a Morning Glory, which was the first flower seen by the people who established the city. After telling this story, he picked a Morning Glory and handed it to me, saying that the "fatimas" always love that story. After a look of confusion from all of us, he said that the most common name for a woman in the area is Fatima, so they call a woman Fatima if they don't know her name. I was surprised to hear that name ...
... in Rabat was the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Hassan Tower complex. The Hassan Tower was begun in 1195 and was intended to be the largest minaret for the largest mosque in the world. Sultan Yaoub al-Monsour died in 1199 and all construction was stopped. The Hassan Tower built in the Moorish style only reached about 260 feet in height and the mosque was never completed. Only the foundations for the pillars are in ...
... road two lane road to Rabat. By this point I was exhausted from a very long day. Unfortunately, the drive was not that quick even though we only covering a short 60 km. distance. We ran into a mess of traffic leaving the city and outside the city, people seemed to believe that the posted speed limit was far too fast. EVERYONE seemed to be going far, far slower than was permitted.
We eventually pulled into Fez at 7:30 p.m., picked up my guide for the next ...
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The ruins remained substantially intact until they were devastated by an earthquake in the mid-18th century and by Moroccan rulers subsequently looting the site for stone to reuse in building Meknes. It was not until the latter part of the 19th century that the site was definitively identified as that of the ancient city of Volubilis. During and after the period of French rule over Morocco, a about half of the site was excavated, ...