The tour began in Rabat, the capital and second largest city of Morocco. Rabat, which means Fortified Place, has so much to offer the visitor. We were scheduled to visit several spots in the morning. The afternoon was our free time to do what we wanted to do.
We began our tour driving around town. As usual I enjoyed this part of the tour. I like driving around town sightseeing.
The first stop we made was at the Royal Palace, where the king and his family resides. They have other palaces all over the country, but this is their primary residence. The security is very strict. We were given a lecture on the "don'ts" before we entered the compound. Also, some government offices are in the compound. A mosque
The domestic workers of the palace have their own quarters and are compensated very well. The position also passes from father to son/daughter.
The palace sits at the end of the mechouar, a large parade ground also containing a small mosque. The mechouar is used for large public assemblies, such as the return from exile of Muhammad V in 1955.
As well as living space for the king and the royal family, there is accommodation for the Moroccan Royal Guard. The palace complex also contains the Collège Royal, a school for senior members of the royal family, a cookery school, and a ground floor library built to contain the manuscript collection of Hassan II.
There are extensive gardens and grounds surrounding the palace, which were designed with French formality, traditional Arabic motifs and local horticulture in mind.
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