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Morocco 2016



                            May 06 Amserdam - Casablanca
                            May 07 Casablanca - Rabat
                            May 08 Rabat - Volubilis - Moulay-Idriss - Fèz
                            May 09 Fèz
                            May 10 Fèz - Ifrane - Midelt
                            May 11 Midelt - Erfoud - Erg Chebbi
                            May 12 Erg Chebbi - Tinghir - Gorges du Todra - Gorges du Dadès
                            May 13 Gorges du Dadès
                            May 14 Gorges du Dadès - El Kelaa M’Gouna - Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou
                            May 15 Ait Benhaddou - Marrakesh
                            May 16 Marrakesh
                            May 17 Marrakesh - Essaouira
                            May 18 Essaouira
                            May 19 Essaouira - El Jadida - Casablanca
                            May 20 Casablanca - Amsterdam


Moroccan House Casablanca
every hotel room with its own style





Art Deco Cinéma Rialto (1930)



Casablanca



couscous



cathedral (1930)





old Mercedeses from Europe are used as white grand taxis



Hassan II Mosque
the largest mosque in Morocco.
Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 metres.
A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer:
25,000 inside the mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosque's outside grounds







hammam in the basement





a break on the way from Casablanca to Rabat



Mohammed VI the current king
and his father King Hassan II





The Mausoleum of Mohammed V
contains the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons,
late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah.







entering the medina of Rabat















The Kasbah of the Udayas is a kasbah in Rabat,
located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river.





leather shoes





Andalusian Gardens





Souk (market) in the medina of Rabat





Helly Kitty spotted in Morocco



Rabat is the capital of Morocco







Avenue Mohammed V



Sawarma pizza and avocado juice



Meknes
one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco
Founded in the 11th century, capital under the reign of
Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672-1727), the founder of the Alaouite dynasty.



Basilica of Volubilis

Volubilis is a partly excavated Berber and Roman city



The Capitoline Temple



The House of Orpheus showing African animals



House of Orpheus dolphins



The House of the Athlete or Desultor, contains
a humorous mosaic of an athlete or acrobat riding a donkey back to front
while holding a cup in his outstretched hand.



The Arch of Caracalla



Mosaic of Bacchus encountering the
sleeping Ariadne from the House of the Ephebe



Abduction of Hylas by Nymphs, mosaic in House of Venus



lunch



Bab Mansour gate in Meknes on a rainy afternoon



Medersa Bou Inania Koranic School, Meknes







Souk (market) of Meknes









Fez
Was the capital city of modern Morocco until 1925.
The city has two old medina quarter
listed as a World Heritage Site



Henna / Mehndi





tagine and mint tea for dinner



breakfast room of the Batha hotel



Royal Palace in Fez



The Ibn Danan Synagogue in Mellah, the jewish quarter of Fez.





Fez





camel meat





Quran school in Fez





Wedding clothes







mint





Leather tanning
(unfortunately more or less empty)





Place Nejjarine



religious items











where the two medinas of Fez come together



graveyard



Medieval City Gate Bab Chorfa



Bab Boujloud, the blue gate





again strolling through endless souks











King Mohammed VI



Batha Hotel in Fez







on the way to the South



Hotel Taddard near Midelt











Princess Lalla Salma
the wife of King Mohammed VI







64 pieces of cream cheese



Acima, a Moroccan supermarket



entering the Sahara dessert



traffic school in Erfoud



a break in Erfoud before having a short dessert adventure





dessert roses







Sahara hotel























breakfast at the terrace



landscape of wells





school's out











Todra Valley



sorry for not smiling :-)





lunch





fruitful Todra Valley





dates
the harvest will be in October



M.A.N. bus





entering the Dades Valley







The Berbers or Imazighen are the native inhabitants of Morocco







ruinned kasbah in the Dades Valley



short before sunset the ladies are going home after working on the fields



hotel (with the terrace)



the village where the hotel is situated



bridge to reach a neigbor village



Rachida shows me the shop of her family
she works here with her sister Sara







they sell and repair Moroccan Caftans





extended lunch in the hotel after a long walk





no soup, but a cold desert



berber language



neighbor village



mosque and a hotel



I think it´s the market square



mister Travel in a peacefull valley





desert and breakfast (olives) of the hotel



High Atlas mountains





Ouarzazate
the movie city



Atlas Studios, measured by acreage it is the world's largest film studio.



vegetarian tajine for lunch





Ouarzazate kasbah



another movie studio





Aït Benhaddou
is an ighrem, along the former caravan route
between the Sahara and Marrakech.







Riad Maktoub hotel in Aït Benhaddou



From now on some snapshots by iPhone:





Crossing the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech
Yves Saint Laurent was a resedence



Saadian Tombs



El Badi Palace





the touristy Djemaa el fna square



Marrakech



souks around the Djemaa el fna



Morocco's Argania trees are infested with nut-hungry goats.
(well, it´s a myth commercialized by farmers)



first impressions of Essaouira
a city in the western Moroccan on the Atlantic coast.



small family restaurant





a walk in the morning along the coast



Essaouira is a lovely place to walk around
enjoying the local street life







roof terrace of Hotel Souiri



on the way to Casablanca
lunch in El Jadida
a port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco
The Portuguese Fortified City of Mazagan







back in Casablanca
for the last night in this beautiful country

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