There were a lot of people here, i am guessing they were going in to pray, coming out or just relaxing and socializing outside... the place is beautiful, astonishing really. You can be amazed at what mankind can build...
There were lots of families, groups of people just chatting, kids playing... it was cool to just people-watch.. =)
In this photo, you can compare the size of the people against the door... so big, eh?
HASSAN II GREAT MOSQUE...
THE PURIFICATION HALL
The white part of colmns and ceiling are covered in a special material known as tadelakt.
It's composed of a mixture of lime, clayey sand, egg yolks and black soap, this covering protects from damp and helps maintain a constant temperature in the interior.
Four guided tours per day at 9h, 10h, 11h and 2h pm or 2h30 pm in summertime.
Everyday except friday.
Visits are in french, english or spanish.
The entrance fee is: 100 dirham.
Play it real safe here in Morocco. Keep your clothes looser and longer especially when you're out shopping in the souks or even, walking along the streets etc.
Over here in cosmopolitan Casablanca, the folks are more westernized and hence, you won't be sticking out that much like a sore thumb. Phew!
It is not uncommon to see Moroccan women dress in colorful kaftans (is that what you call those long flowing outfits?) and covering up three-quarters of their faces along the streets and in the souks. So, this is a signal for you to also dress conservatively. Leave those shorts at home... Or you can use them when you're trudging on the sands of the Sahara Desert O.K.? For many women, it's usually our lotions, shampoo, conditioner, hair-sprays... etc that make our carry-on luggage hell. To look your best on the road, it's not easy... But hey, you don't have to leave your entire make-up kit at home and you don't even have to bring your whole vanity caboodle either.
Here are some tips to remember about makeup. Less is more (especially when packing) and multi-purpose items are PERFECT for travel. Choose some of these beauty essentials to stash in your make-up bag:
Moisturizer - Climate changes can leave your face dry. ALWAYS carry a moisturizer. Choose one that has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) so that it doubles up as your sunscreen. To save space, pack moisturizer sample packets.
Foundation - Used to even skin tone and freshen up that harried face. :-) Two-way cake powder foundation is easier to carry and apply (Chanel has the BEST two-way cake foundation in the market... in my humble opinion). Choose one that gives the coverage of liquid but the finish of powder (read: CHANEL). If you still opt to carry the liquid stuff, close lids tightly to avoid spillage. Or save money and space with foundation-and-concealer-in-one sticks. Not good for women with oily skin (like mine). :-(
Pressed or loose powder - For quick touch-ups, stash a mini-compact of your favorite powder or transfer your loose powder into a smaller bottle. Oh, and sable brushes with short handles conserve more space.
Eye Shadow - To take your look from day to night, highlight your eyes. A smart choice is to buy a compact of eye shadow with at least 4 shades. Checking against the color palette of your packed clothes is also a good idea to know what hues to bring!
Lip Color - Choose one that suits your skin tone. For sheen and barely-there color, try lip balms and gloss pots. For long-lasting color, hey.. get a tube of lipstick that doesn't come off easily (read: Smear-proof/ Kiss-proof! Buy CHANEL!). If you, like me, can't live with just one lip color, look for those sleek credit card-sized lip color palettes - to match your moods. Dark Burgundy for those days when you want to feel like a dominiatrix... Fuchsia for the days when you feel like you can conquer the world etc... :-D Or limit yourself to two tubes of lipstick, a neutral shade for daytime and a darker one for night.
Towelettes - These handy wipes are convenient for freshening up when there's no place to wash your face. And it came in soooo handy when I was in Morocco... i.e. to wipe away the desert sand from my face and hands!
Blotting Paper - Blot mid-day oil and perspiration with these oil-busting papers. Very handy. A must in every woman's purse. I've discovered the BEST blotting paper in the market is the one produced by the Japanese cosmetic company - SHISEIDO. Very, very good!
'It is not enough for a landscape to be interesting in itself. Eventually there must be a moral and historic interest.' - Stendhal, on travel
Place Mohammed V
Place Mohammed V - the administrative center of Casablanca - was located about 0.5 km (0.3 mi) south of Place des Nations Unies (walk Av. Hassan II). The square was designed by architect Joseph Marrast in 1920.
It seemed to be a popular meeting place for locals. There was a fountain in the center of the square. You can seat on a bench and just look at them or take a coffee break around.
You can feed pigeons there as well (if you like :-).
Or just cross Hassan II Avenue to see buildings of Palais de Justice (Palace of Justice - on the right on the picture) and Prefecture.
CTM bus to Fes
CTM have 12 buses departing for Fes.
Journey time is 5 hours.
Tickets are around 90 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.
Please use this as a rough guide only.
The bus station in Casablanca is the headquarters for the company with destinations all over the country. There is also a very nice cafe next door.