Casablanca Journals

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A September 1999 trip to Casablanca by Barb B

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Quote: An intriguing blend of old and new, familiar and exotic, Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and the busiest port in North Africa. Amid bustling bazaars, crowded markets and huge mosques I found Casablanca to be truly a city of romance and intrigue.

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Casablanca Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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An intriguing blend of contrasts, old and new, familiar and exotic. Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and the busiest port in North Africa. Amid bustling bazaars, crowded marketplaces and huge mosques I found Casablanca to be truly a city of romance and intrigue. I loved Casablanca because of the striking differences: the traditional beside the most modern; towering skyscrapers beside impressive old Moorish buildings. We walked along the broad, Central Boulevard with narrow streets leading off onto tiny winding alleys. We saw women wearing veils and traditional clothing as well as the most current fashions. Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: We were on a guided to...Read More

Cultural Centre of Casablanca

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Attraction | "First stop, the Central Market"

Cultural Centre of Casablanca Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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We stood on the balcony of our stateroom as our cruise ship slid into the port of Casablanca. It was 6am and a slight mist was falling. A strange feeling crept over me as we passed a small fleet the warships here in the harbor of this country so vastly different from our homeland. The beauty of the city began to emerge as the early sun cast its first rays of daylight on the Hassan Mosque and Tower far in the background. Toothless fishermen in small boats below waved and welcomed us to their home. As we left the ship, the tour bus was waiting on the dock to wisk us off on a whirlwind tour of this city of intrigue and mystery. A city of nearly 4 million inhabitants, Casablanca is Morocco's ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2000

Cultural Centre of Casablanca
Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca, Morocco

Mohammed V Square

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Mohammed V Square Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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Mohammed V Square, Mahakama Law Courts and the Habous Quarter Set around a central fountain in the heart of the city, Mohamed V square is surrounded by splendid examples of French Colonial architecture. A large number of the buildings here, which house government and public offices, reflect the design style known as 'Mooresque.' This styling exemplifies both Moroccan and French architectural elements. Our tour guide is dressed in his traditional clothing and speaks impeccable English. He leads us through Mohammed V Square and points out the Post Office, Palace of Justice, the Prefecture, the French Consulate and the Bank of Morocco. All are set around the a central fountai...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 8, 2000

Mohammed V Square
Avenue Mohammed V
Casablanca, Morocco

Tour of Downtown Casablanca shops

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Attraction

Tour of Downtown Casablanca shops Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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Shopping, shopping, shopping--3 of my favorite things! When our Cruise Director announced a shopping trip available in Casablanca, I was the first to sign up. Soon after we docked, an attractive young man neatly dressed in modern American clothing (Tommy Hilfiger shirt and Calvin Klein Jeans) told us he was a student and would be our guide. He had only a slight accent and was easily understood and articulate. As our bus sped along the Boulevard Houphuet Boigney and the Avenue Mohammed V, one of the oldest streets in the city, he pointed out several of the modern buildings in the business district. I watched as unattended small children, darted in and out of traffic and wondered h...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 13, 2000

Tour of Downtown Casablanca shops
Boulevard Houphuet Boigney
Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque

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Hassan II Mosque Photo, Casablanca, Morocco
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Dramatically located at the most Western point in the Muslim world, the Mosque Hassan II is situated at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Traditional Moroccan architecture combined with ultra-sophisticated technology was used to create this masterpiece. This immense mosque was commissioned, as a gift, to King Hassan II for his sixtieth birthday, in 1989. The largest mosque outside Saudi Arabia, it can accommodate an astonishing 25,000 worshippers inside and an additional 80,000 outside on the esplanade. The structure is so large; that the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome could fit inside its handcrafted marble walls. With a 650-foot minaret, it is the tallest religious structure in the world ...Read More

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Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca, Morocco