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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Travel log (Part 4)

The train from Fez to Tangier's rolls through an agricultural country side that is lush and green. The freshly plowed fields are not separated by fences as they are in the states but more divided by water lines or rows of giant aloe Vera plants shooting 6 to 8 feet up into the air, bramble bushes with 6 inch spikes or caucuses .similar to the large pancake shaped ones you see in the states except they grow much thicker and taller. 

Tangiers, while quite old, is not like the other cities visited so far in that it is more of an all new port city.  If you didn't know better you could easily mistake it for any other busy bustling city in the modern world. Cars zipping up and down over crowded streets, double and some times triple parking on corners. They don't have many/any traffic lights or police force except around the embassy but they do have guys in fluorescent yellow work vests all over the place. I think it is some sort of government make work program. Some do about everything, direct traffic, help cars park, give directions, sweep the streets mow grass in the parks, others just find a tree or a bench and lay down and sleep.

While I m not much of a non shell fish lover I had probably one of the best fish dinners I have ever had,. It was about 3 or 4 different full fishes, calamari, shrimp, salad  awesome hush puppies the entire 9  yards all for less then 10 bucks. I loved it!

A light walk along the beach edge taught me a lesson about Moroccan time. A 10 minute walk is really about 2 hours and 10 minutes. Each way. Ah well, it builds the apatite.

Dreaming of another spectacular meal by the shore and then
It was off to a quick trip to  the grotto of Hercules. The trip took us past the royal palaces and embassy of many of the saudi aristocracy. Lets just say, money is no object. Their palaces (of what you could see) were quite opulent and well maintained many overlooking the ocean and beaches that were well in excess of half a mile deep.

At the grotto of Hercules the clear ocean water crashed onto the shore as fishermen tried their luck with giant 20 foot fishing poles from the shores edge.   . Is it just me or does the cave opening look like the profile of a giant man with his mouth open facing left?
I know if I wanted to feel like a giant on my own, all I have to do is go to the hotel shower where low ceiling height is clearly a factor

Next stop? The best overlook of the city.

 and where was the best overlook of the city you might ask? Why where else would you expect it to be except the terrace of the McDonald's of course! What else would you expect ?

 And for you "Pulp fiction" fans out there, do you know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Morocco?

A short while later, it was of to a Christian/Muslim/Jewish church (That's right, they do all 3 types of services there) where many famous artists, spies, politicos and writers are buried.

I know several of my Democrat friends would love to see this one. Yes. Its a real George Bush gravestone (No, no relation). It has been glued back together after someone broke it.

Tomorrow It is off to Casablanca.

1 comment:

  1. it was probably a confused politician


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