Stories For Boys

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Monday, August 2, 2010

The advice from the hotel was spot on and having arrived at the train station at 12:45 for the 13:00 train we bought our tickets and found an empty compartment with five minutes to spare. The three hour train journey was quite pleasant and we had an air-conditioned compartment that seats 8 entirely to ourselves for most of the journey.

On arrival in Casa, the first noticeable difference to Marrakech was the temperature difference – about ten very pleasant degrees cooler. By the time we'd found our way to the hotel and checked-in it was time to find some dinner and we soon discovered that one of the Lonely Planet recommendations was right across the street from our hotel –perfect! Dinner was a variety of tasty fish and Moroccan Cuisine which was consumed heartily, so much so that as dinner drew to an end all that was left on the kids plate was a pile of bones and fish heads. As we waited for the bill, and for an amusing distraction, Alex was dared to eat a fish eye! His first attempt resulted in activation of his gag reflex and the fish eye flew out on to the floor! Undeterred and with the promise of dessert hanging on his success, Alex tried a second eye (good thing it had two) and after a chew or two(?) this time managed to get it down! Oh, the things a seven year old boy will do for a treat ;-)

It sounds very romantic to say that we spent our wedding anniversary in Casablanca, but in truth it is just a fairly modern city with little romance to be had. For Derek, maybe that was partly down to yet another tummy upset, although he did manage to buy Sarah fresh flowers, a single red rose…..what a sweetie! Side note: We don’t think they filmed any of the Casablanca movie here, although there is a touristy replica "Rick’s Café" to visit if you want.

Casa itself turned out to be a bit of a wash-out for us. As we still had plenty of onward planning to be done, we took advantage of decent wifi to get some bookings made, but the virus that had briefly troubled Sarah in Marrakech had found a new victim and Derek spent much of the rest of our second day sleeping :-( Derek managed to find his feet and make it to another LP recommended restaurant and we had a delicious dinner in La Sqala, a rather quaint restaurant set in the walls of the ancient medina.

With Derek still not up to much, Sarah and the kids spent our final morning in Casa strolling through various streets and parks. I don’t think we’d recommend anyone go out of their way to Casablanca. Let’s hope that Fez has a little more to offer……
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Paul T on

I wonder how many people will get the pun from the title.

delsar on

Paul - I think only people with jobs will get it...

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