Trip Start May 04, 2011
124Trip End Oct 08, 2012
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As soon as we exited the Gare Casa Voyageurs, we saw Hotel Ibis. We were pleasantly surprised to arrive at our hotel flawlessly until we checked in and discovered that we were actually booked at a different Ibis, the one closer to the city center. Ibis is an Accor chain, like our version of a Marriot Courtyard. This property was able to accommodate our existing reservation, so we opted to stay here the one night nonetheless
Worth the drive, we passed the stunning Mosque Hassan II, the second largest mosque in the world next to the one in Mecca, Saudi Arabia; and the large mansions on the hill. According to our guide the cheapest of these homes go for the equivalent of $1 million USD. We strolled along the Corniche, passing the big pool clubs and terraces, as well as the abundance of nightclubs; synonymous with Casablanca.
In preparation for our next destination, Barcelona, and in need of a gastronomic change, we scouted out a great Spanish restaurant and nightclub for dinner, the Bodega. After a large paella, delicious mixed salad and a great bottle of Moroccan red wine called Visoubilia, we moved downstairs to the club to dance the night away. Much like in Marrakech we could have been in any European dance club. We were enjoying the good looking people and the live DJ playing world tunes, but I could've done without the cigarette smoke. It had been a long time since going to sleep reeking of smoke. Anyway, it was only when we stepped outside at the end of the night, embracing and kissing one another, that we were reminded that PDA is not acceptable in this religious country.
Reeking of stale smoke was par for the course this night especially since our new room, post move from one with a broken AC, smelled equally bad with a conditioner pumping smoke all night. Restless nights are becoming the norm.
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