Morocco 2016

Our route: Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, the Atlas mountains and finally MarrakechOur ChariotCasablancaHassan II MosqueOur guide kareem, in his traditional Djellaba clothingEntrance doorsPrayer hallRetractable roofAblution hallInteresting effect from a light fixtureThe famous Ricks cafePummy at Ricks pianoCasablanca marketMaking pastryHugh lobsterWalking the streets of CasablancaPigeon squareThe water men with VirginiaRabat The Kasbah of the UdayasStopping for lunch, the buildings are very plain on the exteriorThe spend all their money fixing up the interiorsSalads start the mealsTureen dishes are used for the main courseAnd of course mint teaThe medina streets are all narrow and maze like streetsA local kioskDrying carpetsThey must of been short people at one timeGate to the MedinaOne section of the Medina was all blues and whites. You would think we were in GreeceThe white paint at times made it look like snowVirginia checking out the local artPummy and IHennaAndalusian gardenSoccer is played everywhereOn of the Royal PalacesThe Royal GuardsTheir version of the changing of the guard. Very relaxed, more like a strollGuard at the MausoleumHassan tower in the backgroundMohammed V MausoleumMohammed VGuards heading homeMeeknessA marketEverything is organized so neatlyOlives galoreLots of cookiesYou hate to buy anything for fear of ruining the displayThe GraineriesVirginia in the empty grainariesJohn and WendyRare one legged storkA quick prayer in the cornerA sundial on the wallA view of the street from the restaurantNothing like a cool oneMaking our own Fez hatsCountryside on the way to VolubilisIMG_174A cookie break on the roadI wonder if they thought of this when they were making the cookieRoman ruins of Volubilis of the 3rd centuryThe tile works have survivedAn ancient assHuman sacrificeVirginia in the roman bathesAnd then on to our hotel in Fez for teaEntrance to another Royal PalaceFes el Bali “the old medina"Everything is moved by donkey since the streets are so narrowElaine has found a mysterious gentlemanSandra and MariThe tanneryWashing the hidesletting them dryScraping the hidesDying and drying the hidesEvery colour represents a different price pointThe leather storeArtisans everywhereAn 8th century Inn, still in use for the local farmersA newer 9th century version of the InnMaking combsSiad, our guide for the dayEntertainers in the squareWorking a copper bowlAnd of course the carpet storeThe store is inside a converted housePrayer timeAnother lunchUnisex bathroomsLoomReally John it was this bigAnd of course they had to dress us upHad to try on a Fez, I think I’ll stick with my StetsonSome of the streets were pretty narrowRenai coming out of a streetMaking tilesPotterThey are great artistsThe men are making mosaic tilesAnd once they are all pieced togetherOur hotel was on top of the ridgeSunrise over FezIfrane, a ski resort in the Atlas mountains, first year without snow. You could have been in SwitzerlandA quick coffee before heading to MarrakechAtlas mountainsFarm houseBarrage El-Hansali ReserviorMaryLunch againA quick coffee at a truck stopMoving into the desert regionOur motley crew at the Kotoubia mosque in MarrakechPropane truckPalais BahaiAll the roofs are tiled or carved cedarOld MarrakechWatching the world go byNarrow streetsHanging with the chickensSaadiens tombsNot really sure what these were forVirginia found a use for themThe Sultan tombs from the 16th centuryRenaiA couple of tree huggersMy MaryGardens at the hotelJohn and WendyRosa Huile Shop Opening nuts for Argan oilWhile the ladies bought Argan Oil and herbs I opted for the massageChecking out the olivesSnake charmers in Jemaa el Fna squareI played with the baby onesHard on the digestionYou dont have to clean up after meOf course we had to do the carriage rideOur tour guideSunset in marrakechPeople getting ready for supperGoing for supperA little entertainment, Ray paying for his supperOf course i had to ante upOur musiciansAnd then after dinner Imane,Virginia and I had to go out on the townHitting the nightclubsRenai went for her camel rideSheik RenaiVirginia, Alan and Imane at our cooking classGoat cheese ballsQuail testiclesAlan our chefWorking for our dinnerLook out for lumpy things in the foodMain course of QuailDessertAnd of course the job isnt dont until everything is cleanOur classThen back to the clubs, Imane and Barbara (the lounge singer)Virginia, Imane and myself doing flaming B-52’sGetting ready to leave Mari, Elaine, Myrna, Virginia, Mohammed our driver and PummyAirport goodbyes Virginia and PummyVirginia and MyrnaImane, Virginia and Mohammed


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