We left Casablanca on March 26 and headed out on the road to Rabat, Meknes and on to Fes. I have to admit to being a bit surprised by how lush the countryside was. Just a misconception perpetrated by the movie Casablanca – where Louis refers to Casablanca being in the desert I guess.
I mean… LOOK… A canola field! Our canola at home hasn’t sprouted yet.
And these beautiful roadside flowers (which also filled fields!)
Rabat is the capital city of Morocco. The old walls are still up and are being restored where they need it.
And the newer parts are really cosmopolitan (this is a postcard I bought.)
We stopped to see the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V – another stunning complex! There were Royal Guards on duty who were very friendly and chatty – had a nice conversation with the one on a horse at the gate. They do 20 minute shifts with the horses, under an awning, standing in a sand pit.
The Mausoleum complex is beautiful. The columns were from a Roman city nearby, and the minaret used to be taller but the top came of in an earthquake. Many of the columns were destroyed in the same earthquake.
The building containing the King’s remains was absolutely amazing.
After this stop we continued on to Meknes.
We stopped to see the Bab el-Mansour – this magnificent gate! In front of it, where we parked was the Place El-Hedim which had a market going on.
There were stalls of goods, snake charmers, and horses and ponies available for photo ops. This Arabian horse looked great from the distance (I zoomed in!)
We then continued on to Fes. If you missed my post of Fes, you can read it here.