We figured we had an extra day so why not change it up and spend our last 2 days in Casablanca (or to the locals Casa). We went for it and just showed up. The taxi driver dropped us close to the Medina so we could walk around and find a Hotel. We chose Hotel Volubulis. A nice place but located next door to a Russian/Moroccan/Mafia hookah night club. .... where there was Partying all night - followed up by a massive street fight at 3am. Funny enough we found the prices for shopping here in Casablanca to be the cheapest of all the other areas we have visited so far. Not many tourists spend a lot of time in Casa so maybe it is priced for locals more so than anyone. I'm not sure why more travels don't spend more time here - it was nice and relaxing here believe to or not.
The big attraction here is the Hassan II Mosque. Built by King Hassan II to commerate his 60th Birthday, this enormous Mosque was funded by the public. It is fairly new having just been completed in 1993. It was designed by a French Architect (due the French influence of Morocco) and its location was chosen based on a Quaran verse which states "God's throne was built upon the water". It is the tallest building in the country and the 3rd largest Mosque in the world. Zzzzz , sorry of these stats are boring.. but we thought you could learn a little something today. We will let the rest be told in a few pics.
Although neither of us have seen the movie Casablinca, we wanted to go the the famous Rick's Cafe featured in the movie. There isn't a whole lot to do here so why not end our Morocco trip with an ultra touristy bang.
did brian call him a commie straight to his face after a few beers? i can see that happening... From, on Oct 8, 2013 at 06:10PM
Next, we leave for a week long layover in Paris. We have learned to never again listen to all the crazy hype that people throw out about a country. No more. We wish we would have just stayed another full week here and hit the one area we missed....but it is what it is at this point. Our original plan was to take the ferry over to Spain and drive thru up to Paris, catch our plane and head home. "No can do" says the airlines. So off to Paris we go. Not so great planning on our part. - plus we wouldn't have been able to see friends that we haven't seen in forever! BUT - because of this...new rule - this new fun rule, no one will know where we are going on future trips (except parents, we aren't stupid) until the first Blog post. Kind of like "Where in the world is Matt Lauer".