Spain-Morocco 2015

Marrakech, one of Morocco’s imperial cities.

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Moroccan countryside on our way from Casablanca to Marrakech (three hour drive on the highway). And an African gas station.

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Today, on Thursday, July 9, we spent the entire day in Marrakech. It was hot!!!! But we are not complaining.

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Known as the “red city” because of its massive ramparts made of dried mud, Marrakech was founded in 1062 under the Almoravid dynasty, which wanted a new capital for its empire. Marrakech means “land of God” in the Berber language. And here we are, all smiling and happy:

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Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech. Its minaret tower is a landmark of this red city.

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Over the centuries Marrakech grew to become one of Morocco’s great imperial cities, and indeed for a while was one of the wealthiest and most significant urban settlements in the entire Mediterranean region.

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The Bahia Palace is a palace and a set of gardens located in Marrakesh, Morocco. It was built in the late 19th century, intended to be the greatest palace of its time. The name means “brilliance”. As in other buildings of the period in other countries, it was intended to capture the essence of the Islamic and Moroccan style. There is a 2 acre (8,000 m²) garden with rooms opening onto courtyards.

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Set up at the end of 19th century by Si Moussa, grand vizier of the sultan, for his personal use, this palace would bear the name of one of his wives. Here, the harem, which includes a vast court decorated with a central basin and surrounded by rooms intended for the concubines.

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And now, it is time for my national-geographic-style pictures from Marrakech:

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Source: Carole French, Morocco, +Google

A thought for today:

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.   –Samuel Johnson (1786)

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