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Farewell to Morocco

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As the sun sets on the Hassan II mosque on Casablanca’s waterfront we say farewell to Morocco – a country, like so many that we visit, which is being dragged into the present but in so many ways is trapped in the past. All life is here: the rich and the poor, the good, the bad and the downright ugly.
Garbage disposal is a major problem and much of it ends up in the rivers or strewn across the landscape, but we prefer to focus on Morocco’s more picturesque aspects like the colourful doorways…
The ubiquitous and inexpensive Berber shoes…
The many roadside fruit stalls…
The beautiful displays of olives and dried fruits in the markets…
The tasty tangines – this one of leg of lamb with prunes, figs, dates and walnuts…
However, sometimes the most picturesque scenes are not the prettiest. For instance: the many crumbling mountain villages of mud houses…
The poor struggling to survive by selling a few vegetables in the street…
And the numbers of young children working for a living…
Morocco isn’t perfect but it is a fascinating place to visit, so come and see for yourself. These young boys in Meknes will be pleased to greet you…
So, a final farewell to Morocco and, as usual, our heartfelt thanks to all the people who made our visit possible and pleasant. Thanks especially to our friend Christine who tagged along and treated us to boxes of delicious almond cakes.
Now we are in Ghana – another adventure begins.

Posted by Hawkson 13:10 Archived in Morocco

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How beautiful the images of olives and fruits. I will be searching now for a recipe for lamb with prunes, apricots and walnuts.

by Janet

Fitting shot for the last of the last entry. Those boys (and their sisters) face the future of Morocco. Here's hoping they see the good tip a stronger balance against the poor, the bad and down right ugly as they grow up.

by Tom

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