looking for the sunshine!
17.01.2013 - 19.01.2013
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thursday: woken up by heavy rain in the night, which continued all am.
leaving moulay bousselham today - headed to rabat (for day visit), and mohammedia (campsite)
for casablanca visit tom.
had got most things organised yesterday aft., scooter on, waste and loo emptied; so all we needed
to do today was inside lock-down, outside de-chock + unplug, then pay up for our three day stay
and get onto the road!
we have left our watches on european time (morocco is one hour behind), it helps us psychologically
in some strange way!, so we made a very early start and set off just after 9am moroccan time! (10am
european time/our time!).
using toll roads for part of the journey, trying to avoid those pot holes!; it was raining pretty
much all the way, with the occasional break for a moment or two, before it started again - very grey
when we got near to rabat we realised we'd have to give it a miss today - entirely due to the weather -
and just get our shopping done, at a large supermarket - marjane - instead.
really, really disappointed as there was lots to see in rabat : ( but may try to scoot back....depending
on how many sunny days we get here!
once we'd done the shopping we headed to the campsite at mohammedia.
didn't bother with the tolls as only a short journey (one hour). passed the heavily guarded royal palace
on the outskirts of the city - tried to take a pic of two of the royal guards in their bright red uniforms,
but passed too fast!, and they didn't look impressed by the camera in the window anyway....
arrived at mohammedia and found the site, l'ocean bleu, right on the beach, tucked away behind a lot
of building works.
its quite a big one, but looks professional and organised - good facilities, i.e. 'throne' style loos! and
hot showers....with the added bonus of free wifi! : )
again, mostly french vans, and even one of our neighbours from moulay bousselham - the one with the
grey cat (on the lead) - is here, he rushed over to greet us and say hello : )
plan is to stay here a couple of days and visit casablanca tomorrow on the scoot, and possibly rabat on
sunday. so, fingers, toes, etc. all crossed for some sunny days!
friday: nice and peaceful at the site, amazing considering how busy it is!
loads of english vans arrived at the witching hour (about 4.30pm/5pm) and more french too....the
place was packed!
woke up to more rain, which was disappointing as supposed to be sunny and 20 degs.!
decided to chill this am, get the washing done, and see what happened weather-wise vis a vis our
scoot into casablanca.
weather did perk up about midday, so decided to risk it and scooter in to visit the hassan II mosque -
the 'must see' thing in casablanca.
about an hour's scootering along pretty hairy roads, incl. motorways! it made us v. nervous as the vans,
cars and lorries all get exceptionally close and don't give much room to maneouvre, or change lane!
we came into the city along the maddest, busiest, roads we have encountered so far in morocco....we
thought tanger was busy! but this was something else....!
guided by the huge minaret of the mosque (the tallest in the world apparently) we found it easily and
then set about finding somewhere nearby for lunch before the 2pm visit.
had a panini - c, and a westernised tagine of chicken (with chips) - p, plus a couple of quick cokes then
back onto the scoot and into the mosque.
queued up to get our tickets, and places on the english tour, just in the nick of time - then in we went.
it was a truly enormous place; 20,000 men and 5,000 women can pray inside at one time, but the total
capacity, with outside spaces, is 105,000! - we saw lots of people coming out from their lunchtime
prayers on our way in, as today is friday, the muslim holy day.
we were allowed to take pics, and to see most areas inside the mosque, with our friendly guide - the tour
took about an hour and we really enjoyed it. it was v. interesting to get a better insight into the islamic
faith, and way of worship.
when we came out the weather was not looking so good, plus we had to consider the nervewracking
journey back, so decided that we'd give the medina a miss, and get back to the van for tea (and to take
in our washing).
happily it wasn't such a bad journey back as we avoided the motorway section; + we made it just before more
black clouds rolled in.
we're not sure we will stay here another night now, as the weather forecast isn't great for the next few days,
plus after the scooter ride today we think scootering to rabat might be more of the same - stressful!
so, now we plan to move on down the coast to el jadida where there is a portugese city on the top ten list.
a sweet little cat has just befriended us, it came into the van for a sit down and a hug, she is also pregnant
we think, and reminded us a little of 'the spud' - our much missed fortuna cat : )