Casablanca and Marrakech

I just got back from my last weekend excursion: Casablanca and Marrakech! I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking, because some things you just have to see.

We left Saturday morning and drove to Casablanca, spending the morning touring the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in the country, and the seventh largest in the world. It also boasts the world’s tallest minaret. The construction began in 1986 and only took six years to build, which is amazing considering the size of the building.

 

 

 

 

Then we headed to Marrakech! In addition to tours of the Badi and Bahdia palaces, and the Sadian tombs, we also got to spend several hours in Jema Lafna Square.

It’s an amazing place: a huge square with small roads and paths leading off of it, filled with shops, food, and things to see. The vendors there are the most aggressive I’ve ever met, calling out in whatever language they think you speak and literally pulling you into their stalls. Beyond the shopping you can also take pictures with monkeys, traditional dancers, and snake charmers for just a few dirham. Or ride around in the horse drawn carriages! At least try the freshly squeezed juice, which is common throughout Morocco, but especially good in the square.

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Jack Struck

Student in our nation's capital, studying International Relations with a focus on the Middle East. Web designer, runner, reader, and leader.

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