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Rabat and Volubilis, On the Road in Morocco

Somehow the scheduled departure this morning is delayed due to problems getting the buses to the ship, and some sort of negotiations are going on. We leave for Rabat, getting there late morning, and it is pouring. We start at a Marinid Site, Chellah, and I walk down and take photos, listening to the guide, getting wetter and wetter, and then I think “Hmmm, I don’t really care that much” and head back up hill to the nice, dry bus.

 

I like taking photos, but trying to take photos with rain rain rain is not so easy. This is an overview of a structure at Chella, and if you look closely, you will see a stork on the top of the tower on the left. This site is covered in storks! I had to wonder, what makes this site so attractive to storks, and the guide said they had been coming here forever.
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This marabout must be for a woman; it has a green door:

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We go to visit a mosque that never got built, and another mosque that someone built for some reason, and I don’t have any photos because it was POURING rain and I just stayed on the bus and read my book. Around noonish, we headed for the Golden Tulip, another place that is feeding hundreds, buffet style, forgettable food.

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We make a photo stop at the Kasbah of the Udayas

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And then a photo stop at the Udaya GateOudayaGate

 

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We are in a bit of a rush; we want to get to Volubilis, an ancient Roman site, before the sun goes down. When we get there, it is raining, and slick, and the sun is going down.

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SunsetVolubilis

 

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It is very beautiful, and every time we have come here, to Volubilis, it has rained. AdventureMan liked this stop a lot more than I did.

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December 27, 2015 - Posted by | Beauty, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Morocco, Restaurant, Travel | , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Personally, I’m with Adventure Man when it comes to ancient Roman ruins…but at least you were able to make the choice to stay in the bus (they didn’t kick you off of it for the driver to do something, which I’ve seen before).

    I’m jealous of your winter weather too – here in Korea it hasn’t even gotten over freezing in the last two days, but at least it’s sunny!

    Comment by Emma | December 27, 2015 | Reply

  2. LOL, thanks, Emma. Part of the problem for me was that when I packed, I packed more lightly, and put away the rain gear in favor of a small umbrella. When I used the umbrella, the first day in Seville, it didn’t work right, didn’t stay up, and I tossed it. So if I went in the rain, my cotton/linen clothing got soaked. Second, the surfaces were pretty slick, lots of steps and it was dusk. At Volubilis, there was a tea shop where the local guides were gathered so I had some mint tea and then took a stroll around a bunch of relics. The ruins stretched for acres; I could see them and I was also among them 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 28, 2015 | Reply

  3. Emma, I just realized you might be Hermit-Crab Emma! Are you?

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 30, 2015 | Reply

    • Yep! That’s me. I re-found your blog a little while ago (it got lost in the shuffle when Google discontinued Google Reader). Still quilting away, but haven’t had much time to update the quilt blog (The Quilting Hermit) too often…though the hermit crabs still get their daily updates. Life’s been crazy…lots of changes coming up to get ready for.

      Comment by Emma | December 30, 2015 | Reply

      • I’m just so glad to hear from you! I’ve wondered about you, wondered where in the world you are 🙂 and how you are doing! I’m so glad to be re-found, and to re-find YOU!

        Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2015


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