Pilgrimage Village & Roman Ruins

Trip Start Apr 22, 2011
Trip End Apr 30, 2011

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Maison d'Hote La Colombe Blanche
What I did

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Having left the capital city behind it was back on the train to my next destination Meknes.  The 2 and a half hour ride provided the time needed to catch up on some sleep from a very busy morning - yes it is still Saturday :). 

Leaving Meknes behind in the late afternoon we literally squeezed into a taxi and drove for about 30 mins to one of the country's most pilgrimage sites, Moulay Idriss.  A whitewashed town settled between two green hills it makes an impressive approach. After leaving our bags at the very friendly guesthouse (Le Combe Blanche) it was once again out and about and up and down stairs to take in the character of this town, from watching workers twining thread, marvelling at the process of bread baking and looking at the impressive decor leading to the Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss. 

I really enjoyed my fun packed day that it seemed fitting to end off with a Moroccan Kefta Tagine and a glass of the local Meknes Wine (which was surprisingly decent not to mention hard to find) as the sun went down.

Sunday we woke up to a tempting breakfast at the friendly home stay, orange juice and pancakes which we all smothered in honey or goats cheese - very yummy and soon to be my favourite breakfast choice .  It was then down the winding stairs with our bags to our transfer to the Roman Ruins of Volubilis,a UNESCO Heritage Site. 

It was a very cold and wet walk around the ruins that I must say I did not take in too much of what our guide was telling us, but the Roman marble floor mosaics were quite impressive and the addition of the local stork nesting on the pillars was an awesome site.
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Jo Hawkings on

Hi Nicole
Good to see you are still making the most of your travels. I have always wanted to go to Morrocco, so it is interesting to see a friends perspective of what the country is like before I go. Am planning a trip very soon.
Have fun! Look forward to see where you are at next.

nixsboys on

Hi Jo... I would definitely recommend it! Thinking I have to go back some time as I completely missed the southern part!!

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