29 May 2010


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Yesterday we visited Meknes, another imperial city (for those who don't know I am doing a round trip through Morocco visiting the Imperial cities). Unfortunately a bird was sitting on the Internet connection and blocked the access. Today I am in Marrakech, where the trip ends.

Our group is easy to amuse, when we entered into a Mosque we had to take off our shoes off. When we came back, one shoe was missing. The poor victim claimed loud for his shoe and thought it was stolen. We told him that it is rather strange that only one shoe was missing !

After a while a little old man arrived with the shoe in his hand and grinned all over his face and we laughed and laughed, he had hidden the shoe. When we reached the bus another ran behind us with another sandal in his hand and everybody looked at his feet, which was rather stupid. but we had all our shoes, so one must have three legs ! It took a while before we realized that he made fun of us !

and here are a few pictures

Our guide in Meknes was a woman, she was so plenty of humor and we laughed all the time.
She asked us if we knew why men are always sitting in bars ? ... because they have a lot to think, how to change the world, but until now nothing useful came out.

How you can also do a round trip, it only takes a little longer !

The old part of Meknes, but everybody has his sattelite dish !

This is a statue of a water carrier and as he only drinks water (don't believe this) he is so skinny !

When we were looking for our shoes, and one was missing

27 May 2010


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(For those who don't know I am on a round trip through Morocco)

Today we visited Fes and amongst other things also the Souk in the middle of the town surrounded by walls. It hasn't changed since centuries. There are around 1400 little streets in there and all goods have to be transported by donkies, on men's shoulders or bikes because the streets are so small that no car can enter the inside of the Souk. It is believed to be the world's largest contiguous car-free urban area

13 pictures to give you an overlook of the Souk (a commercial quarter in an Arab or Berber city).

The town founded in 789

You can buy everything in the souk, vegetables, meat, clothes, etc

very very old houses, but often very beautiful inside

spices from everywhere

one stand or shop besides the other. The man in yellow robe Djelaba) is our guide

he makes "golden" belts

local clothes

There were many donkies to carry all kind of goods


I was exhausted after 2 1/2 h of walking in these little cobble stoned streets with hundreds of people. Of course I have much more interesting and strange pictures of another world.

26 May 2010



The Royal Palace in Rabat (Morocco) with its (very friendly) guards

25 May 2010


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I am actually on a round trip through Morocco, and today we visited
the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca which is the third largest mosque in the world. It stands on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 m (689 ft)

We took the usual tourist pictures, but when I am back I will write a little more about the city. There is such a lot of traffic and the cars are coming from all sides. Red lights are there but nobody cares. Crossing a street is almost like committing suicide, but apparently there are very few accidents.

Tomorrow we will visit Rabat, which is the capital of Morocco.

The mosque

a little closer, it is really enormous

The proof that I was there

together with my friend and neighbor Dominique (Yanouk's mom)

Beautiful mosaics everywhere