Monthly Archives: October 2015

This morning we took a ferry and shared the waterway to the Black Sea with fishing boats, container ships and other ferries.
Bosphorous - castle

We got to choose our own lunch.

Bosphorous - fish selection

and were entertained by other fish lovers.

Bosphorous - 1 - Cormorant

Bosphorous 2 - gull

Back in town, we mastered the art of buying a Istanbul card for the transit systems.

Istanbul Day 2 - 1

then made our way to Taksim where we discovered this place of sweet beauty – Hasif Mustafa.

Istanbul Day 2 - Hasif Mustafa 2

Istanbul Day 2 - Hasif Mustafa

Everyone was out and about on this Friday night, the day after Turkey’s National Day and two days before an election.

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After dinner, between the funicular and tram rides home, we walked across Galata Bridge while men fished in view of the New Mosque.

Istanbul Day 2 - New Mosque - men fishing off bridge

First stop this morning, the railway station (Casa Port) where we bought train tickets for an early ride to the airport tomorrow.

Casablanca 27 Oct 2015 - 3

Then walking, and looking up, to see what is and what was of Casablanca’s architecture.

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Casablanca 27 Oct 2015 - 9

The former Sacre Coeur Cathedral is an empty space surrounded by stained glass through shapes carved in its walls.

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Street signs – reminders of French colonial history.

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The amazing art deco style of the Cinema Rialto, currently screening Meryl Streep’s latest film, Rickie and the Flash.

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More amazing art on walls.

Casablanca 27 Oct 2015 - 2

A ride on the tram out to Technology Park and Hassan II University at Ain Chock.

Casablanca 27 Oct 2015 - 1

And for good measure, a few shots that missed the cut from yesterday.

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We arrived in Casablanca by bus from El Jadida yesterday afternoon.  It’s a city of more than 3.5 million people with all of the edginess you might expect.

This morning’s focus was the Hussan II Mosque. See photos here. Afterwards, we took a taxi south to the Corniche, home to resort hotels and a shopping mall, then wandered a little along the beach. Here’s a taste of some of the captures thus far. We have reserved a table at Rick’s Cafe for dinner tonight.

Casablanca’s tram system is very new.

Casablanca 5

Last night it rained briefly. This cat took shelter under a motor bike cover.

Casablanca 4

There is large-scale construction going on along the port side of the city. A big marina is one of the projects underway.

Casablanca 3

There was a big swell off the coast today. The waves were rolling big and fast near El Hank Lighthouse.

Casablanca coast 1

Love me some street art.

Casablanca 1

Here’s looking at you, kid.

Casablanca 2

The old man who guides us through the 16th century Portugeuse Cistern finger-writes dates on the wall to assist our understanding of the construction of this vaulted water collection marvel.

Citerne Portugaise 1

Citerne Portugaise 2

Citerne Portugaise 3

We walk around the ramparts of the old Portugeuse city taking in the view from the bastions on the sea side of the walls.

Cite Portugaise 3

Cite Portugaise 1

Cite Portugaise 2

At the wharves where the fishing trawlers dock and fishmongers ply their trade, the egrets compete with gulls for the spoils.

El Jadida fish market 2

El Jadida fish market 1

El Jadida fish market 3

Along the beach, fathers and their children spend time together on this Saturday morning playing with soccer balls, taking horse rides, watching them build sand castles and walking along the shoreline as the tide comes in.

El Jadida beach