Casablanca, Morocco, December 4, 2008

     We had a 5 AM wake-up call from the kitchen above, but rolled over for another 1 1/2 hours.  After breakfast we did the “hurry up and wait” routine for our tour of Casablanca.  We took the elevator down and ended up with the front seat of bus #9 for our tour.  It was raining when we started.  Our first stop was passing by Rick’s Bar as mentioned in the movie and then to the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world.  The Prayer Hall holds up to 25,000 worshippers and a courtyard for an additional 80,000 people.  It would be very hard to describe the beauty of it.  It is huge!  They gave us a plastic bag for our shoes so we would not step on the carpet.   There is a washing room downstairs along with a co-ed bathroom.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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     We then stopped for a drink and then went to a “special” store to shop.  The only good thing was they took American money.  There were three floors of handicrafts.  The city was very crowded and busy.  There were some beautiful homes and some not so nice.  It is amazing how they pile goods on bikes and trucks.  We saw Mohamed V Square, Notre Dame De Lourdes Church with gorgeous stained glass windows and the central food market.

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     It was a great tour but we were exhausted when we returned to the ship.  We napped on and off until dinner.   Another delicious dinner with our great table mates.  Our entertainment tonight was the internationally acclaimed recoding artist Antonio Salci on the piano.  The distance from Casablanca to Agadir is 275 nautical miles.

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