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My Happy Moroccan Vacation

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 My happy Moroccan vacation filled with culture, fun and great hospitality by Jamal Cannon

Every traveler is looking to explore a new place full of adventure yet tranquil and enlightening, satisfying and memorable yet vast and unique enough that you can always come back again and again and learn and enjoy more each time.
Africa and the Middle East are often viewed as the cradles of civilization while Europe is often viewed as the modern example of progressive living.   Morocco is the door to Africa and the window to Europe. Morocco represents progressive living in the continent of Africa yet still with the ancient charm and culture of the Middle East and Africa.
I came to Morocco for the first time as a humble traveler seeking a chance to learn about a history of great importance not only to the continent of Africa but to the Continent of Europe. I was unsure what to expect on my first visit but I was very impressed at the friendliness of other travelers onboard the plane to the extent it felt like a family vacation.
The Royal Air Maroc flight crew was extremely courteous and pleasant and I remember thinking that they bring more to the job than just company training but they bring good hearts and genuine friendliness apparent in their smiles. Upon arrival at Casablanca Mohammed 5 Airport I was astonished at the welcoming of the airport Police and customs agents that some how uniquely treated me as if I was an old friend whom they had not seen for sometime.
There was definitely no shortage of help available at the airport in Casablanca as there will always be a helping hand with your baggage or guidance to find the car rentals, train station located or taxi and bus information conveniently located at the airport. I easily adapted to the environment because all of the Arabic signs in the Airport were also marked with English translations and most people were either Fluent in English, French or Spanish or even German.
My party picked me up at the airport with cheers and kind words accompanied by welcoming smiles.  Though I was quite satisfied at the meals provided on board the airline, my host family felt that it was their honor to take me to eat as soon as possible after leaving the airport and naturally, as their guest, they forbid me to pay for my first meal in Morocco.  It was not long after that I was able to sample some genuine Moroccan green tea and grilled ground beef with onions and peppers that was quite delicious. It remains one of my favorite Moroccan dishes. Soon enough I was eating all kinds of colorful aromatic delicious Moroccan dishes as a guest but welcomed like a distant family member.
I was presented with all the comforts of home and enjoyed a good night sleep. The next morning I was treated like a king. The impressive thing about houses in Morocco is that they almost all have the guest room and balconies. Rooms are usually large.
The most notable of the foods is couscous which is no doubt very famous. When you see with your own eyes as I have the care and effort that is put into preparing a meal of couscous from scratch then you definitely will appreciate it even more. The simplicity of couscous is accompanied by its wholesome goodness and totally satisfying abundance.
My Moroccan host family served plenty of healthy teas and natural exotic delicious foods including fresh seafood, fresh meats and plenty of delicious fruit juices, fresh pastries made from scratch and smoothies which I really loved.
I have fallen in love with Moroccan cuisine and as a New Yorker I have sampled many cultural cuisines but  in Morocco you can not only enjoy Moroccan cuisine, you can go to McDonalds, Pizza Hut, eat Mexican food, Indian food, Chinese food, Italian food, you name it.
One of the areas that I really enjoyed in Casablanca was the near the American Consulate with so many beautiful buildings and palm tree lined streets and with the modern rail train systems and the several bus companies and taxi service, it is easy to get around from city to city. A must see is the Corniche or sea side in Casablanca with both public and private beaches and plenty of sights and delicious food.
Rabat is no doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco with some of the most modern facilities, fine dining and enjoyable entertainment and recreation for the individual or the entire family.
Cities like Marrakech and Fes contain ancient cities within the modern city where there are tombs and old mosques and so many boutiques to buy beautiful souvenirs and yet in the modern sections of the same cities you will find the very best hotels with all the best accommodations at reasonable prices.
Essouira, Oulidiya and other coastal cities have become the popular beach surfing hang out spots and best places to rent homes, fishing equipment, boats, Jet Ski or other water sport equipment and your hearts content. 
There is a Music festival in Essouira every summer as well as the sacred music festival in Fes.  Both cities contain plenty of fine wood work, jewelry and other precious items.
Safi is known for pottery and Surfing and now they too have a summer music festival and Agadir is said to be the Miami of Morocco.
Some towns in the country no doubt have an astonishing captivating natural beauty and the simple peaceful life style of the people If you are the type who likes to choose the food you want and to see the food prepared for you in front of you before you eat it, or you want an European or American style candle lit private dinner with your special someone with highest quality waiter service or an outdoor cafĂ© that over looks a dazzling ornament on the main boulevard or you want to just sit on the beach and watch the sunset or sail, wind surf, fish or any other fun filled activity on land or sea, then Morocco is the place for you.
If you want to see mysteries unfolded in the midst of modern metropolises where the east meets the west and the new and the old complement each other, and If you are looking to have a truly unforgettable great time at a fraction of the cost of a European vacation then Morocco is the place for you.
Though I have been to Europe and enjoyed my stays there I must admit that the number of European tourist that I have observed in Morocco time and time again is a testament to its charm and its status as preferred travel location for many westerners world wide.
It is common to see bus loads of American tourist in Morocco and I have made it my business to say hello to my fellow Americans when in Morocco and learn about them and the different states that they come from.
I have heard several love stories from Morocco as it is a beautiful peaceful place where the only guns you see on the street are in the hands of law enforcement or Military assigned to Royal Palace and the civilians are peace loving people all of their lives.
No matter what your religious beliefs, it seems that in Morocco everyone just sees the other as brothers and sisters, as a human not as a sect or denomination.
Moroccan Art is most exquisite and that modern Moroccan architectural style is very attractive to the eye and quite comfortable. The architecture and art of Morocco seemed to represent a beautiful blend of African, Berber, Arabic and European Portuguese, Spanish or French.
The best thing I can say about Morocco is that it is truly unique in that it contains the special mix that is so essential. It is the door to Africa and the window to Europe. Morocco has the ancient cities, ancient Mosques, Tombs, Museums, and Fortresses and Morocco has the modern Business centers, fashion boutiques, fine restaurants, Embassies and 5 star hotels, beautiful shows, and  terrific entertainment to say the very least
Despite the vast and hypnotic beauty of the dessert and all its fun and mystical charm, Morocco is much more than just a dessert; Morocco is a center of fashion, a model for tolerance, and an essential stopping point for any traveler. Morocco is a place where you can get a Camel ride or a horse ride, enjoy a live music concert, an Opera, play golf, run a Marathon, eat some of the very finest sea food and still stay in a very nice home for an affordable price to say the least and make friend from all over the world at the same time.
I consider myself very fortunate to travel to Morocco several times and I have fallen in love with its sunshine, its beaches, its bazaars, its Riyadas, its music festivals, its soccer games, its rental homes, its ancient cities, its modern business centers, its fine restaurant cuisine, its golf courses, its mountains, its swimming pools, its performances, its parties and its overall friendly and hospitable welcome to all.
It is as if a part of my spirit awoke to the sounds of peace and the winds of love, and I have truly enjoyed my many visits to Morocco. For my next trip I may visit the Hollywood movie Studios where many American films were shot in Morocco, perhaps climb the Atlas Mountains and I may do some sky diving during as well. Morocco was the third African country that I have ever visited and Morocco is the only one that I have returned to several times

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Re: My Happy Moroccan Vacation

I have been to Morocco recently went on morocco cruise tour and enjoyed a lot! Morocco's blue water sea is awesome

By Car Hire Australia on   12/13/2010 10:43 AM

Re: My Happy Moroccan Vacation

The majority of the bigger Moroccan cities are lively with activity and full of things to see and experience. There are Roman ruins, Berber Kasbahs and many other interesting sights. Some places are renowned for their interesting architecture while others are known for their historical interest

By Location Villa Italie on   3/14/2011 9:08 AM

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