Travel in Morocco - Rabat and Casablanca
• Travel in Morocco - Rabat and Casablanca
I have a couple of years of planning to get to Morocco, but somehow did not develop. This year I went to Spain for a birthday party for a friend who lives just an hour away from Tarifa - Spanish town, where the ferry to Morocco goes. I took advantage of this opportunity and swept across Africa.
For 4 days we traveled more than 3 thousand kilometers of the Moroccan highways, country roads and mountain serpentines. We visited the Atlantic coast, in the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert. The first cities on our way became the capital of Morocco - Rabat - Casablanca and ...
The ferry from Tarifa to Tangier is only 35 minutes. During this time, should have time to stand in a queue to the window with the Moroccan pasportistom and get a stamp in their passport on arrival:
In Tangiers a lot of new buildings. The impression is that you get a giant construction site. The city itself is very dirty and littered.
Visa for Russians do not need it, but to go through customs proved to be difficult. As soon as we left the ferry, ran up to us with bedzhik people who "helped" us to go through customs. Each of them asked to see our papers, said something in French or Spanish, and then ended up communicating a single sentence in the English language, which is known to all: "Give me good tip". English in the country in general, nobody knows. All speak French and a little Spanish.
Begging in Morocco elevated to the rank of general craft and hone in on all visitors. Come and ask for money for anything - all the same what to ask the time. Money ask all the layers of the male population of all ages. Lose small tip we could not, and I was first sent to any window, where customs only appeared in 40 minutes, while every 5 minutes to see me run up an employee with bedzhik looked my papers, I looked at the empty window and said: "One ! minute ", and then ends with the phrase:" Give me good tip ", and then I was sent to the vehicle inspection.
During this time some wise guy was trying to dilute my friends that I was forced to land at the customs gate. He told them that I had problems with the police and asked for 500 euros to settle them. Was sent.
An hour and a half, we finally managed to break through customs and we headed up the coast towards Rabat. In the Tangier we decided on the way there not to stop.
Unfortunately, to take a good car rental in Spain is difficult and extremely expensive, so I asked in the Moscow office of the Q7 Audi my favorite, which we have somehow traveled to the United States. If not for her, I would be much more difficult to spend 12 hours behind the wheel every day:
to Rabat reached without any problems. Ironically, it moves to the south the temperature kept falling, and if in Tangier was 33, in Rabat, 23 and overcast.
Road to Rabat rarely went out to the ocean, and near we saw him only on the promenade of the old town. Our attention was drawn to the fishermen, casting their gear into a raging ocean
This picture is similar to the frame of Godzilla, when at the beginning of the film fisherman threw the bait, and out of the water there was a huge lizard eye:
And then I did the most expensive frame in his life. This frame has killed my camera and phone. All previous waves crashed at my feet, but this was a special wave. She jumped on me like a giant anaconda and absorbed in his belly. After a couple of seconds, she scattered a million droplets and rolled back into the sea, leaving me on the rocks with external camera in hand and a phone in your pocket ...
And this is the last frame that could make my 5D before dying completely:
After we checked into the hotel, we had less than an hour out to walk around the city:
Old Town walled and its main street turned into a market:
Clean and well-groomed promenade discordant with the rest of the city:
Satellite Parabolic like mushrooms after rain clung to the roof of the mushroom all residential buildings Moroccan settlements:
Even the local residents "favelas" can not live without satellite TV:
The main attraction of modern Casablanca is the Hassan II Mosque. This is one of the largest mosques in the world. It can accommodate 25 000 people + 80 000 can pray in front of the mosque:
It is built over the ocean, and at low tide you can walk on the sea bed and watch the crabs melenkimi:
The mosque was opened in 1993 and built in just 3 years. The works were brought 2500 thousands of builders and 10 thousand graphic designers:
The Mosque Hassan II is the highest religious building in the world. The exact cost of construction is not disclosed, but according to experts it is equal to 800 million dollars, all the money was collected through donations:
In the basement of the mosque worshipers can perform ablutions before prayer:
The ground floor houses the 20,000 believers and even 5000 can be accommodated on the balconies. Heating floor. Marble for columns imported from Italy, and the 50-ton glass chandelier from Venice:
In good weather, pushing the ceiling as a roof over the stadium for extra light and ventilation:
The mosque has an African accent. Patterns and colors give it belongs to the "forgotten continent":
All the doors are imported from Russia and made of titanium:
Doors very much and they are very high. Even afraid to assume how much they cost:
In Casablanca, we had a little time, and we just rolled through the main streets:
More from the mosque I spotted a lighthouse. As soon as we drove up to it, he rushed out of a nearby house caretaker and offered us a tour of the lighthouse for a small fee:
Casablanca with high lighthouse. In the distance can be seen the beach:
Below us the next "favela":
In most homes in Morocco is very small windows. No air conditioning, and this is done in order to not to let the heat in the house:
Near the lighthouse we found a great restaurant Moroccan cuisine overlooking the ocean.
The girls at the next table were stewardesses Qatar Airways and one of them was Russian. She became the only Russian man whom we met in Morocco:
So in conclusion, the promenade of Casablanca:
And its city beach. He's on the cover photo: