A more modern Morocco
Trip Start Dec 06, 2009
55Trip End Feb 05, 2010
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Well it is our last night in Morocco. We caught the train from Marrakech to Casablanca which was very easy. The trip was only around three hours and gave us a chance to see some of the countryside. The scenery alternated between red rocky desert and rolling green hills. I was quite surprised by how green some areas were, no doubt the result of some extensive irrigation. You could almost be on a train in Europe somewhere if it weren't for the square red clay buildings dotting the landscape.
Without too much trouble we checked into our hotel which is quite nice. We are on the third floor which means lots of stairs but we get a small view of the ocean and the square below. It is on the edge of the medina (old city) in an old colonial style building and we have our own bathroom too!
Casablanca contains the world's third largest mosque the Hassan 2nd mosque which we walked to. I have to say that it is one of the most impressive buildings I have seen. It is so huge that photos fail to show the scale of the building. At full capacity it can accommodate over 100,000 worshipers and the minaret is the highest in the world. It is positioned on a piece of land jutting out into the Atlantic ocean which makes it all the more stunning. I'm really glad we got to see it as originally we did not plan on coming to Casablanca.
The city itself is modern compared to Marrakech with plenty of sky scrapers etc but very run down and dirty. It seems to lack any charm and if you came only to Casablanca I would say that you missed out on seeing Morocco. Ly mentions that it is not a very romantic city either! The medina here is smaller than Marrakech and seems to be full of stores selling leather jackets and fake european branded clothes, shoes, bags and sun glasses. One plus is that english seems to be a little better understood here as it seems there are more tourists. The weather here is a little cooler but still dry. I think the cold of Barcelona tomorrow will once again be a shock.
Dinner was chicken and chips moroccan style and some moroccan mint tea and nouget for dessert. I thought it was expensive but I guess at around $5 each it is still a lot cheaper than Europe! Morocco has been very cheap although the accommodation here is still around Australian prices. We are both a bit over eating bread which is served with every meal here but I will miss being able to eat a nice lunch for only 50 cents.
I hope everyone has a great new years eve and does something fun. Say goodbye to the noughties and hello to the ?????
Love Daniel and Ly