Ibis Casa Sidi Maarouf
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The staff is friendly and available. The restaurant offers a buffet and a nice menu.
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... in the winter. It has over 9000 streets and alleyways that wind up and down and around and across the hills. There are two main roads that help prevent one from getting lost, but you could wander for days in the maze and never see the same thing twice.
Once we paid the taxis and got our bags, we entered the medina through the blue gate and called our guesthouse (or "dar") to have someone come and show us the way. Our contact, Eunice, arrived and ...
... Spanish, French and Arab influences all evident but from the port it just looks like a port. The word Casablanca actually comes from the Portuguese who renamed it in C16. Most of the signs and ads are in Arabic and French (here from 1912-1956). Amazing that for only 40 or so years the French have had such a lasting influence. A few cafés advertised Wifi but not many (unless in Arabic of course!). All of the taxis are beat up old white Mercedes. I saw a couple of ...
... to see anything Lauren and I took some of the cold/flu tablets (I was beginning to feel the onset) and set our minds to the task ahead. We would walk through the medina (market district) to the mosque. These were really the only two sights to see in Casablanca as, despite the romance of the eponymous movie, it is mostly an industrial city.
The Medina District was a labyrinthine series of narrow alleys flanked by stalls selling everything. Lauren and I were ...
... around by pedlars stopping you at every turn, including i phones ! The feeling of the place was that round every corner someone was waiting to rip you off ! We didn't feel unsafe, but people were constantly in your face wanting you to buy something or give them money . Unbeknown to us a guy had taken pics of us all as we first got off the bus and turned up later after lunch with prints for 2€ and the restaurant did the same! snapped pics on way in and before ...
We spent some time at a coffee shop where the waiter spoke no English. A couple espressos later, where he did not understand I was trying to tip him, I guess you don’t tip, we were on our way back to the ship. The main difference from these European areas and the US or Caribbean is the tipping. I guess you just don’t do it. The Europeans must thing we’re nuts and they must really hate any of the islands. Every person ...