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What to Know About Morocco | Best Travel & Tips to Morocco

Morocco got its independence back in 1956. From Rabat north to Fez is green and when I was there many of the wheat crops had been harvested.

RABAT

There are huge changes happening in Rabat with a tram system being put through the center of the city going and there is a construction of apartment blocks going from the sea all the way into a new mariner. This will certainly be something to see when completed.

The Palace in Rabat has an impressive wall surrounding it and you cannot enter. The king has five palaces in Morocco. The walled Medina is great. Stroll through here and have a coffee.

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Wander down along the river and sit watching the boats ferry people across the river just as they did hundreds of years ago. There are cafes all along here so join the relaxed atmosphere of Rabat and do what the locals do. Taking of coffee, as my Moroccan friend calls it, can take an hour.

There are taxis everywhere and the smaller ones are used when there are only 2-3 people and the bigger ones for 3-5 people. There are museums and galleries to visit and Rabat has one McDonalds that I saw. I found that Moroccan food has good taste, in fact, I thought it tasted as good as NZ. There is plenty of variety of fruit and vegetables, and so many shops that sell cakes and sweets. But I now hate almonds. It seemed to be on or in everything.

CASABLANCA MOSQUE

It is the worlds 3rd largest mosque and the largest in Morocco. Many of my friends have marveled at my photographs. This was a great few hours and so worth seeing. It has caused controversy in Morocco because of the cost but my friend I stayed with thinks it was worth the price. Many of the locals go there every day to worship. The worshipers can be viewed through a glass floor.

Check out Lonely Planet’s website for all the statistics on this awesome structure. Casablanca itself is a little dirty but I think it seemed more so because of all the old crumbling buildings. There is a lot of Art Deco influence in the city.

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FEZ

Tour buses trying to squeeze down narrow streets and people and donkeys. Get the money out and spend it if you have some way of getting it home. Apart from the very favorable exchange rate, there are the carpets to die for. I love them with there amazing designs and colors.

Old Fez is the largest medieval Islamic city in the world and nothing looks like it has changed from when it was first created. It is a maze of satellite dishes and nearly everyone has the ‘cell phone’. It just seems so odd when down in the narrow streets there are the donkeys and mules hauling the produce from a to b.

Travel Tips for Morocco

Ready to fill in on your immigration form but also when you leave the country. You have to put the address of where you stayed when leaving which I didn’t have on me so just wrote out what I could remember of it. They do get annoyed if you don’t fill it in.

Make a point of visiting Rabat. with lots of interesting history and things to see.

Try to choose the chorus if you haven’t before. It would be best to go with someone who can speak French or have a friend living there then you can experience Morocco in an exceptional way. I did not come across many Moroccans that spoke English other than the guides at the mosque.

Take the trains here as they aren’t too bad, better than Italy and faster.

Respect this country’s customs. Public affection is frowned upon.

The exchange rate helps. ATMs are easy to find but take cash if heading to very small.

If there are only two of you waiting for a taxi and they keep driving past you are probably trying to flag down a bigger sedan vehicle, wait for a smaller one.

Top 7 Incredible Travel Destinations In Europe

Europe is a continent that is mostly visited for its varied cultures, rich traditions, great history, captivating scenery, modern sophistication, and alluring atmosphere. Some of the European nations are known for their castles as well as palaces, while some cities are just known for its scenic charm and plethora of cultures. So, European vacations are always full of excitement, fun, and learning. Here is the list of top 7 cities that are most visited for enjoying diverse European vacations, which you must also plan of; if you haven’t until now.

Rome

Ah! This is the crown that holds many hidden jewels! Yes, Italy has always been a cultural destination besides being a romantic one. Attend the White Night Festival; discover the might of the Roman history via the Coliseum, Pantheon, and the Palatine Hill; get soaked into the art world via the museums as well as art galleries; and be blessed in the Pope’s Vatican City featuring St. Peter’s Basilica the great artworks of Michelangelo. Be here at least for four days.

Paris

How can I miss this city in this list of great European vacations, which is dubbed as the ‘fashion capital’ besides being recognized as among the most terrific cities on Earth? Obviously, the very first attraction that comes to our minds is the Eiffel Tower where not-so-hard ascend offers a spectacular vista of overall Paris. Next, a visit to the Louvre art museum, the largest of its kind on the planet, is a must for all visitors here. It features over 30000 art items.

Athens

This is among the favorite ancient destinations for the true fan of history. Allow your pictures of history books to flash in front of you in its real charm as you explore this Greek capital. A week tour is just what you need to explore Europe’s longest city.

Barcelona

This Spanish city is very alive with its myriad of shining treasures of all kinds. This is where traditional art. Start your holiday here with the indulging summer music festivals, especially the ones that feature flamenco, continue with the fun by savoring the mouth-watering.

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Berlin

This German capital is where art, architecture, ancient tradition, and cultures form a perfect atmosphere of vacationing. Besides the fantastic nightlife, Berlin has other magnetic sights and points to keep its guests busy as well as happy. Look for the fashionable malls and shops if you are a shopaholic; Zoologischer Garten that is among the most ancient and internationally acclaimed zoological gardens if you are a fan of botany; and Berlin Wall, Reichstag, and Pergamon Museum if you are an art as well as a historic lover.

Reykjavik

Literally meaning ‘steamy bay’, this Iceland capital is a great winter vacation. However, also note that this is among the costliest destinations, but is worth it! The main attractions are the geothermal pools and the Ice Hotel. Other tourist highlights are Mt. Keilir, Hengill, National Museum, Austurstraeti, and Hafnarstraeti. The museum exposes the culture on this ice-filled land, while the latter two are known for souvenirs and handicrafts.

Edinburgh

I recommend visiting this city via a bus that will comfortably as well as affordably take you around the city. With this way of traveling, you can easily wonder at the major tourist attractions – Royal Botanical Garden, National Gallery of Scotland, Museum of Scotland, and Royal Yacht Britannia.

European vacations feature entertaining venues, native cuisine, shopping malls, historic monuments, and interesting museums.