Moevenpick Hotel Casablanca
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... strange and wonderful place. Before coming here, Roz and I really had no expectations of this country. We were drawn here mainly by the camel trek and little else. Of course, you may say, we are going to say nothing but positive things about it. Who would admit it wasn't worth the time money and spent getting here? But, its much more than that.
I was struck by the beautiful diversity of the country. Before coming here, we envisioned little more ...
... But I think far more goats and lambs ended up in tajine pots. Leaving behind their leather. And a large industry of leather working.
4) Art and architecture.
What traveller from The West can fail to be entranced by the beauty of Islamic architecture? I don't think we saw anything here we hadn't previously seen in the Alhambra in Grenada, but then the Alhambra was a continuation of this same Moorish culture merging mathematics, ...
... out on huge bright blue trays filled with colourful platters of amazing looking food. The people here were smart and hip, the waiters full of energy and smiles. Back down to the working port, checking out a few cafes and restaurants and watching the men fix nets. So far I could easily have bought a leather jacket, teapots, light shades, mirrors, bags...without even really looking for anything to buy....and that's before we even start looking at plates and tangines ...
... the mosque is visible from afar whether by land, sea or air. The prayer hall can fit in a congregation of 25,000 and its esplanade 80,000. It can get pretty hot and sweaty inside when 25,000 people are praying at the same time. For this reason the prayer hall can become a patio in 3 minutes thanks to its retractable roof. The breeze coming in off the Atlantic can then circulate the prayer hall making it a more bearable temperature. Its 200m high minaret makes it the ...
... from the minaret right there. It was absolutely amazing. We then got in the bus again & were told we would be going quickly to Casablanca - which amazingly we did. When there we went to see the green mosque which was all lit up. Just after we had taken some photos the lights went out. So that was well timed too. Then we eventually got to the hotel and had dinner at 9.30. It seems already that this is going to be an amazing ...