is a country of 30M people. 20% are Berber, 80% Arabic. Over 65%
are involved in agriculture. Morocco is a democratic monarchy and
friendly with the US. Our guide said that the recession hasn't hit
Morocco because " we've been in recession since the beginning
Casablanca is the commercial center of Morocco, Rabat is the capital.
We opted for a tour of Rabat. It is a 90 minute drive from Casablanca
along the Atlantic Ocean. There were several small towns along the
way. All the apartments and even the cardboard shanty towns had
satellite dishes on their balconies or roofs. Our first stop was
at the Royal Palace of the current King, Mohammed VI. This is the
largest of his 15 palaces and is on beautiful, well manicured grounds.
next stop was to the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and his 2 sons. Also
on the grounds is the minaret of the unfinished mosque from the
final stop before lunch was to the Kasbah. The word Kasbah means
"stronghold". It is a walled complex over 800 years old
with houses, small local shops, and restaurant. It was very picturesque
with its winding streets of cobblestone. Lunch was included in the
tour at a very nice Moroccan restaurant. The food was delicious
and included a nice appetizer platter of cold vegetables (eggplant,
cauliflower, beets, cucumber), bread, then hot meat pie in filo
dough. The main course was roasted chicken. Dessert was fresh fruit,
anise cookies and mint tea. They also provided a bottle of wine
and bottled water for each person.
After lunch we napped as the bus brought us back to Casablanca.
We stopped at a government arts and crafts store before returning
to the ship in time for tea!
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