A Land of Wonders

26 March – 2 April 2009

A group of intrepid Friends of the DAI took off for a great adventure in North Africa.  During eight days in Morocco – from Casablanca to Rabat, , over to Fez, up through the Atlas mountains to Ifrane (snow!) and finally to Marrakech.

The water vendors were one of the highlights of the Casablanca stay and, for many, Salat Aljumaa (Friday Prayer) in the Hassan II Mosque was the other.

Rabat is a vibrant city with a lively mixture of ancient Islamic history and modern cosmopolitan culture, strikingly similar to many European cities and the group enjoyed exploring both facets of Morocco’s capital city.  The splendid gates of Meknes were impressive, especially Bab Al-Mansour, also called Bab Al-Eulj (the Gate of the Renegade).  In Moulay Ismaiel the travelers noted message sent by Moulay Ismaiel of the importance of embracing religious tolerance.

No trip to Morocco would be complete without stops at the leather tanneries in the oldest imperial city of Fez, much of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Heading for Marrakech, the group passed through Little Switzerland and got to enjoy a little snow.  Once in Marrakech, the trip was all about architecture and entertainment on Alfana Mosque Square.