Casablanca The Movie
Most people young and old will be aware of the movie “Casablanca” even if they have never seen it and the expression “Play it again Sam” despite the fact that this actual phrase was never said in the movie,a and “Here’s looking at you Kid”. The film was made in 1942 and of course filmed in Casablanca which was very colonial at that time. While there were a variety of characters from many countries the most notable were the leading stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Shortly after its completion, the allies invaded North Africa. A truly romantic story which despite its initial critical reception, won three Academy Awards and one of the greatest films of all time.
Following the movie “Casablanca”, several other movies were shot there. The later ones were “The Usual Suspects”, “Out Cold”, “The Good German” and one of the series of “Moonlighting” was also filmed there.
TWO CANE TOURING
TWO CANE TOURING
Catherine and Ali both had canes, the difference being that Catherine really needed one. Ali just looks like he might, but he could outrun a racehorse.
Our travel partners this day are now friends who we stay in touch with. We were table mates along with others during a 28 day voyage. It is surprising how close you can become with people when traveling long distances.
Along with another couple who sat at the adjacent table, we have traveled since with Ralph and Catherine, Arnie and Linda, last time on the cruise ship NORWAY the only other remaining truly grand ship from yesteryear.
I've told the story before but one more time will be okay for those who are only looking at this page. While following our guide Ali around, we happened in on a rug merchant. Our friend Arnie and his wife, Linda, who reside in Ormond Beach, Florida, were busily negotiating for this lovely Moroccan Rug.
Spotting us, Arnie came over to me and told me that he thought he was getting the better of the merchant. Arnie has a delightful Texas drawl, very assured of himself, a real together kind of guy.
Several days later, at a shop in Southampton, England, Arnie and Linda saw the identical carpet in a small store. It was at half or more less than the one he had bought in Morocco. The shopowner informed him that it was imported from Sri Lanka.
A few years later, the National Geographic gift booklet featured a highly styled beautiful mousepad. It was a replica of a Moroccan rug, not unlike the one Arnie bought. I suggested to Ann that we send it to him as a gift. We decided that perhaps that would be like rubbing salt in a wound.
Just back from Casablanca, the visit was one of those stupid single day cruise ship types, but we crammed plenty in. We went to a traditional Hamman (bath house) and had "the works" we were scrubbed and sea weeded and massaged and soaped. It took about 90 minutes, the women are obviously separate from the men, and the space is great, marble and tile, and hot and soapy. It cost about 30 euro per person, and was just weird enough to be great.
Palais de Justice
This building with Moroccan flag on the top and with fantastic palm trees around Is located on Av. Hassan II just opposite to Place Mohammed V. It Is Palais de Justice = Palace of Justice.
I've found it another great example of modern French-Arab architecture. And as always the area where official (government) buildings stand are the cleanest :-).
These are old Mercedes which will take more than the Petit taxis and therefore should only be used in this instance as they are more expensive. They are really more for longer journeys such as between cities. Grand Taxis do not have metres and the cost of the trip should be negotiated beforehand. This will be based on the distance and time it will take.