Jan 14, 2008
Olive trees perched on green rolling hills, stone arches set against a rocky lanscape...this is the glory that was Rome away from Rome. It looks like Italy, but it is Morocco. The southernmost bastion of the empire in this country, inhabited for four centuries before being abandoned when Rome fell. This is Volubilis, one of my favorite places in Morocco. Both foreign and familiar, Volubilis challenges ideas of what it means to be "Morocco." Because "Morocco," for a while, was "Rome." It has everything, from aqueducts to Latin inscriptions to gorgeous mosaics with mythological scenes. The labors of Hercules, Diana in her bath...all the stories that I love. It's a fascinating place, and it's recently been listed on the World Heritage list by UNESCO. And in winter, at least, it's not overrun by tourists. A wonderful, beautiful place.