Day 2- 6th January 2017 – Casablanca

After a lazy start, shortened by the fact that despite having coffee in our room there was no milk, we had some breakfast at the hotel. In the light we realised that we had a pretty good view of the Hassan II mosque from our room on the 10th floor! 

We then headed out to wander the streets. The locals all seem pretty friendly, although lots of them want to show you the various ‘attractions’ as we wandered along the wide tree lined boulevard. 

 We walked past the old sacred Coeur cathedral… no longer used as a place of worship.

Shortly afterwards we arrived at then Villa Des Artes, a gallery set in a restored art deco villa. The pictures were good but I was more impressed by the setting…

We strolled back towards the old Medina and stopped off for a coffee at a street side cafe where we were badgered by shoe shine boys despite the fact that we both had fabric shoes on!  
A short walk through the big market and we ended up stopping for a couple of beers at la bodega, a bar/restaurant. (Well it was passed midday by now!). 

Our next stop would be the Hassan II mosque which was about 30 minutes walk away. The route to it was along the edge of the old Medina and we eventually arrived at the very impressive building which, according to the guide who led the tour that we purchased tickets for, is the third largest in the world and has the tallest minaret in the world standing at over 200m in height. 

A further 80,000 can pray in the square outside in the front of the mosque!  


Finally, the mosque has its own Moroccan and, also, Turkish baths, neither of which are used!  After our visit we took a long walk back to the novotel to retrieve our bags. 
We arrived at the hotel and picked up our bags before making the 10 minute walk to the hotel where we’d be staying overnight and where we would meet our tour. The hotel Maamoura is a typical ‘Intrepid’ hotel, clean but a little old fashioned. 

With a couple of hours to kill we wandered out and found a bar for a quick beer before returning to the hotel for a 6.30 meeting. 

There are 15 on our tour, 7 Aussies, 3 New Zealanders, 2 girls from Peru and one which, at the time of writing we haven’t met yet!  After our tour leader, Mohammed, explained our itinerary, we meet at 7.30 to head out for a meal and our first tagine of the holiday…. One of many I’m sure!  

By 9 pm most people were ready to head back to the hotel and so Ed and I decided on one more drink at la bodega, where we’d been earlier before we called it a day. It seems we walked over 9 miles today so no wonder my feet are tired. 

Early start tomorrow as we have an 8 am train to Rabat!

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