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Sep 24, 2019 - Casablanca

Tuesday September24 Busy day yesterday in Marrakesh visiting the highlights of this large city. This morning we had time for last minute shopping in the market before heading towards Casablanca. We arrived in time to visit the Hassan Il mosque, a magnificent religious and cultural site built next to the sea. We had our final dinner tonight with the group and said goodbye to our driver and guide. We will be picked up tomorrow at 9.30 am to start our long journey home

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Sep 11, 2019 - Arrived safely

Wednesday September 11 We finally arrived in Rabat, the capital of Morocco, after our long journey from Melbourne (via Singapore and Amsterdam). The journey, including transit time of couple of hours in each of Singapore and Amsterdam took 30 hours. Pretty exhausting. The flight landed in Casablanca and we then had a 90 minute drive to Rabat. The road from Casablanca was a fast modern freeway. Rabat is a wonderful modern city of about 2 million people with wide streets and what looks like a great tram system. We had time to relax this...

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Oct 18, 2018 - On the road to Morocco

OCTOBER 11th - The next day will be a long day of travel, after all we have an hour-long flight to Casablanca. The typical travel day always seems long, a lot of hurry up and wait. After an initial panic that we did not have plane tickets as everyone else had them in their Colette book and finally found it buried amongst the dozens of notes from Carly. The one where she spelled my name wrong. One of many painful things dealing with her. Breakfast and the wait for an elevator to check out. A long lineup for that. Then the ‘confirm your...

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Road to Morocco

Jun 13, 2018 - Casablanca

The romance and mystery of Casablanca was somewhat offset by the issues of finding the right visa line to stand in and getting out of the airport. The nearly two hours wait (at least one hour unnecessarily) gave plenty of time to check out our fellow travelers dressed for the holiday Ramadan. I snapped a photo of some way cool traditional red shoes. After leaving the airport, we were stuck in a huge traffic jam delaying our arrival to the city made famous by Ingrid Bergman and Bogie. The drive through town didn't do much to improve my first...

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Morocco!

Jan 3, 2018 - Names must exactly match

The Delta check in machine at SEA was in a poor mood. It scanned my passport then tried to decide whether or not to stage a work stoppage. Meanwhile, Mo was in the bag check line, trying to save us time. No checking bags without a boarding pass. After several minutes of machine inaction, I had to waive her over to try her passport in a different machine. Hers worked. I got a boarding pass. Mo got a notice stating, cannot proceed as names do not match. We were consigned to the special services line. The staff at the machine there made us...

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Second Time Around

Oct 20, 2017 - Friday Oct. 20: Travel to Casablanca

Long day in the bus. I did not realize how mountainous it would be and did not use my patch and got car sick. We went through Tetouan, then north to Tangier, where we picked up the big highway. We had lunch in Rabat, the Capitol, and drove past the King's residential palace. Then we followed the coast to Casablanca around 4:30, drove by Rick's American Cafe, and the 3rd largest mosque in the world, the King Hassan II Mosque. We took a group photo there and spent 45 minutes photographing. We went to the Hyatt to spend the night. We had a...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Back to Casablanca

Last day on the bus! Karim headed us out to the main road and back to Casablanca. There were no planned sight-seeing stops today, just several comfort stops and lunch on our own. Before we reached the first stop, though, TT, an older Canadian man traveling alone who suffers from many health issues and possibly some dementia issues, realized that he'd left his passport at the hotel. The first thing Abdulwahab asks us everyday before the bus leaves is--do you have everything, including your passport??. Poor Abdulwahab. He did a great job of...

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Oct 7, 2017 - We arrive in Casablanca

Not wanting to complain and fully appreciating our upgrade, nonetheless it wasn't a very comfortable night in our fancy seats. The space is still pretty confined and neither of us slept very well. We arrived in Paris at 7:30am and had about 4 hours until catching our connecting flight to Casablanca so we spent that time in the Air France lounge, trying to stay awake. Nothing very exciting to share about that time. We boarded our plane for Casablanca and arrived there 20 minutes early. The immigration line was very long and took almost an...

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May 29, 2017 - Home

Tuesday 23rd May 2017, Frankfurt airport Left hot Morocco for cooler Portugal. Such a different atmosphere here. Picked up from the airport in a brand new Mercedes and delivered to a 3 star hotel we had stayed in five weeks previously. Off to the local garden and enjoyed it so much I relaxed .......then lost my camera. About two thirds of my pictures are gone. As you expect we looked and looked. Asked everyone, often greeted with the 'not a chance brother' expression. A pity but all is not lost as Chris has taken many of the same photos as...

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May 20, 2017 - Essaouira to Casablanca

Saturday 20th May 2107, Essaouira to Casablanca Interesting..... lots of politics discussed as we travelled. Arab Spring vs African Spring. So many donkeys working which again provided a contrast as we heard about international affairs. Men harvesting barley or wheat by hand though this is not an unusual practice in this country which is trying to catch the 21st century. As we drive along the by roads, people are still trying to flag us down and get a lift. Men, boys, mothers with kids, anyone. We came across some villages having their...

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May 7, 2017 - Cascais to Casablanca

Sunday 7th May 2017, Cascais to Casablanca Today we left Portugal behind, but not before a drive with one of those drivers that tailgates and passed us on the roads many times. The tour company arranged a transfer to the airport - very quickly. She took off and we soon learned she was in a great hurry. Needless to say we got the the airport in plenty of time - which tended to undo the increase in Chris' blood pressure caused by the drive in. Lots of passport checking and stamping and checking and forms and we are in Morocco. Looked our...

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Dec 7, 2016 - Beslama(goodby) Morocco

Our final night in Morocco! Of course , now the weather is delightful... we drove into Casablanca today- huge city, 6 million - I would take a pass in the future, very busy, lots of air pollution but true we did not spend anytime here. Said took us to visit the Hassan II mosque, the largest in Morocco and 13th largest in the world. The minaret is 689 ft tall and it is the tallest minaret. We missed going inside due to 3pm call to prayer. A country of contrasts -poised to enter developed world but hampered by (my opinion only) by the...

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