Casablanca

A friend of mine was living in Casablanca for his work last year. I went to visit him last summer for a week and a half at the beginning of June (less heat, less tourists).

A friend of mine was living in Casablanca for his work last year. I went to visit him last summer for a week and a half at the beginning of June (less heat, less tourists).

Casablanca is the economic center of the country, there are big buildings, big avenues, even a Twin Center! But this town isn’t made for tourists. There’s not much to see but the huge and controversial mosque Hassan II.

The Medina (the historic center) is a market full of fake baskets and t-shirts… and garbage… There are a lot of mosques in the town, of course you’ll say, it is a Muslim country, but I found a church, and a big one! What a surprise when I came in! Nothing inside but a Moroccan portraits exhibition, and crowds of pigeons in the choir!! We went upstairs, after paying a few Durhams, to have a great panoramic view over Casablanca. You don’t have to be suicidal or to fear the heights, because no protections at all up there! You can have a walk on the roof without anyone to tell you it is dangerous…

I liked to wander alone in the city, even if it’s not as authentic as Fès or Rabat, because streets are swarming with people, cars, crazy cabs, and moped with three or four people on it! This town is a blend between the traditional Maghreb and the modern Europe.

Link: http://www.casablanca.ma/index/

written by misskhali on 2008-09-21 in #world #locations #medina #hassan-ii #casablanca #mosque #fisheye #church #x-pro

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