Morocco: Casablanca, part 2
The last spot we have to visit in this incredible 12-day trip all over Morocco was the Hassan II Mosque, which I believe is the centerpiece of Casablanca's tourism industry. Some of you may remember that back in 2014, we have visited the mosque when the cruise ship docked in Casablanca for a day. Here is the post from 2014.
On this visit, a couple things are different. First, we came in the early afternoon, where we found the place packed with people. Second, the cats that I enjoyed photographing were nowhere in sight. No other cats to be seen either. Possibly due to the many people around.
Four of us decided to sign up for a group tour of the interiors, while the rest of us were content to enjoy the sun and the sights outside.
As we were driving to and from the hotel, I was able to capture these scenes.
I like this building, I wonder what it was.
Interesting mural on the side of the building.
This is a lousy shot I know, but I took it when I spotted the murals. This photo is my post-it note as a reminder that should I come this way again, I would have to check this wall of murals.
After the visit to the mosque, we had a couple of hours to ourselves. Others chose to do some shopping, while the husband and I opted to stay in the hotel to rest and get everything ready for the next leg of this trip - a few days in Lisbon.
Everyone was excited when we congregated at the hotel lobby. It seemed that everybody was looking forward to the Farewell Dinner. The dinner was at a restaurant in seaside resort. The 3-course menu was presented to us in advance and we made our choices so there was no surprise regarding dinner.
My appetizer - eggplant napoleon.
Fish for entree.
Tiramisu for dessert.
Aside from the two ladies on the front right, this is the group that we hang around with for meals and other stuff throughout the trip. We missed them terribly.
This is what I wrote in my journal at the end of that day: Back in the hotel, our group loitered in the lobby, seemingly unwilling to admit this incredible trip is over and our time together and all the fun we have together is also over. Before we parted ways, Stephanie gave me a pill - an Immodium - left-over from her stock.
What is funny is months later I found the pill still in my purse.
This is such a mind-blowing trip for the hubs and I. We have so many fond memories.
Here ends the Morocco series.
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