I WAS ABLE TO POST THIS AND 39 CADIZ TODAY, SO PLEASE READ 39 BELOW FIRST. LOVE YOU ALL
Hi All, (Written Apr. 17, 2017)
This will probably be the shortest post of the cruise. Susy and I last visited Casablanca 13 Nov. 2011. We saw the three major sites you want to see, Hassan II Mosque (third largest Mosque in the world), the local Bazaar, and the famous replica of “Rick’s Café” from the movie “Casablanca” with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. I did not want to go ashore, but Susy decided she wanted to visit the local Bazaar again. She spent a few hours there and came out without anything. It shows how successful she had been at visiting the local markets.
Let’s go through the local history, a few photos I took from the ship, and call it a day.
The port that was once used by the Phoenicians and later the Romans now serves as Morocco’s chief harbor and the largest of North Africa. It is a major industrial and commercial center for the kingdom of Morocco. Destroyed by Portuguese forces in 1468 because of its reputation for harboring pirates, it came to be known as Casa Branca (white house) at the beginning of the second Portuguese occupation in 1515. The Muslim invasion of the area in the 7th century converted the local Berber tribes to Islam, still the official religion today. Backed by the local sultans Casablanca became the center of operation for the Barbary Coast pirates in the 15th century, thus the Portuguese raids. It gained it’s independence from France in 1956 and today is a Kingdom, with a King.
Here’s a few photos of the port today:
The Hassan II Mosque up close:
That’s all for Casablanca, but it was Easter Sunday, so we celebrated at dinner and here are our photos for the evening:
Happy Easter To You All!!
If I was able to post this with Cadiz in Funchal, it means I will only have to post the Funchal port post and my cruise wrap-up post sometime after Apr. 26th. Until then,
Love You All,
Gary (alias Gagu)
P.S. Ship’s Port Sign: