Morroco with Lisbet

Agent Name: Lisbet
Date: October 2009
Trip Location: Morocco

Meknes 2009Overall 30 free cialis pills impression: Morocco has always been a bridge between Africa with its traditions and Europe with its civilization and culture and therefore has a very interesting history. The scenery is just as varied with chick in the viagra commercial mountain ranges, rich plains in the middle with a lot of agriculture, a vast desert in the south with beautiful green palm filled oases and surrounded on two sides by the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. In Morocco you can go from snow in the Atlas Mountains to the hot Saharan desert sun in a single day.

Places visited: Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fez, Ifrane, Marrakech, Toubkal, and Essaouira

Casablanca: The name Casablanca evokes romance and mystery, but I will have to say that the reality of this metropolis of 5 million people did not live up to my expectations. The main sight was an outside visit to the Hassan II mosque. Built in 1993, partially on reclaimed land, it was paid for by generic cialis online public subscription though rumour has it that some of it was less than voluntary. The Mosque can hold 25,000 worshippers, has the tallest minaret in the world at 689 feet and the exquisite tile and woodwork was created by over 6,000 craftsmen.

Meknes: From Casablanca we drove to Rabat which is the capital city of the Kingdom of Morocco and then continued on to the imperial city of Meknes. There we visited the massive Bab El Mansour gate, the Harri Souani stables and the Royal Palace before heading on to another imperial city, Fez.

The Tannery Fez Medina

Fez is considered the spiritual and cultural city of Morocco, and our visit

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drivers or deliverymen pushing heavy and ungainly carts that warn shoppers to flatten themselves against the walls. Shops advertise camel meat by having a camel head hanging at the entrance, the chicken you buy is definitely fresh as some of them are killed on the spot, there are brightly coloured fruit and vegetables and the smell of freshly baked bread mixes with the smell from the tannery where animal hides are still dyed in old open watts. It was fascinating.

Marrakech: From Fez we drove for most generic-cialis4health of a day to Marrakech with a short stop on the way at Ifrane, a small town in the mountains that reminds you more of a European ski resort than a North African town. Marrakech, also called the red city, is located at the foothills of the snow capped Atlas Mountains and has long been a place where celebrities liked to spend time in winter. Winston Churchill called it the most lovely spot in the world, Yves Saint-Laurent built a house there and after his death the garden has been opened to the public. George Orwell wrote one of his books there and it continues to attract many modern day celebrities. As one commented, it is like St. Tropez without the yachts! The huge Jemaa El fna square is a fun place to visit with its fortune tellers, snake charmers, food vendors, musicians and Berbers selling cures for everything from relationships to rent.

Toubkal: From Marrakech we drove for a few hours to Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains where we spend the next couple of days trekking in the small Berber villages at the foot of Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain peak in North Africa at 13,665 feet. It was a complete change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the cities to a small quiet guest house with the gentle sound of a creek and children playing outside.

Spice Shop Essaouira Morocco

Essaouirao: The last city we visited was the old Portuguese fishing port, Essaouirao. With its distinctive blue doors it was originally one of only two Moroccan cities open to European trade, Tangier being the other one. Once other ports opened up the city declined but has now been invigorated by tourism. A favoured destination for the hippies in the 1970’s it is now a beach destination for Moroccans and foreigners alike and attracts wind surfers from all continents. With its active fishing port, long sandy beaches and charming old Medina it was the perfect place to relax and recharge our batteries for a few days before heading for the next stop on our trip: Egypt.

Travel tips: Accept mint tea when offered, it is a sign of hospitality. Do not change money in the street, it is illegal. Change your money at a bank or at an approved change office (indicated by a golden sign). No commission is charged and you will be given a slip which will be required at the end of viagra pharmacy reviews online your stay to change any remaining Dirhams (the local reliable online pharmacy australia currency) back into the original currency. Access to mosques and holy places is forbidden to non Muslims with a few exceptions, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat, The Moulay Ismail Mausoleum at Meknes and a few others.

Canadian citizens do not require a visa but do require a passport that is valid for six months following date of entry, and a return ticket. As rules can change it is best to check this out. Being a Muslim country you should avoid provocative clothing and during the period of Ramadan you should avoid drinking, eating and smoking in public during daytime as this is the month when Moroccans fast from sunrise to sunset.

Best Time to Travel: Morocco has a Mediterranean climate so you can visit any time, but the best times are in the spring or fall.

Things to buy: Handmade Berber wool carpets, kilims, metal platters and woodwork in intricate design, spices.