The sixth stop in my trip around the world.
05.07.2012 - 12.07.2012 35 °C
On July 4th I sadly had to leave Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia opened my eyes to a whole new life style; there are so many people living in poverty with such harsh lives. Living in a developed country is truly an opportunity that many take for granted. I arrived in Rabat, Morocco on July 5th after a total flight duration of 21 hours and 15 minutes. I travelled a total of 1886.61 kilometers and the flight cost $1183.92. While in Morocco I was able to visit Rabat for 6 full days and it was an honor to be able to see the Flea Market, Chellah, and Downtown Rabat. The flea market was an interesting place to wander. The streets were filled with colourful carpets, leatherworks, leather slippers, and even copper crafts. It was interesting for travellers because the original diplomatic residences are still intact. It was also very interesting to think of the history that took place in that area. At one point the craft shops were once used for the setting of slave auctions in the days of the Sallee River.
The Chellah is a place full of history! The cemetery, ancient ruins, and historic sites all made the visit a very educational and interesting one. The land is filled with wonderful gardens, old mosques, and churches. I was very lucky to be able to have the chance to see some Storks nesting on pillars. It was a very relaxing day as I spend it walking around, near grassy stone walls, and gardens full of fruit trees.
The city of Rabat was founded in the 12th century. Downtown Rabat is very modern; within it, it has historic sites, shops and nightlife. One thing I found very different was that you were never pressured into buying anything. It was a very safe place to explore and to take pictures.
I really enjoyed a French cuisine near the hotel called 'Cosmopolitan Restaurant', it was recently renovated and now has a panoramic view and private garden. It looked more like a house than a restaurant. The dining room overlooked old wall of the city and the menu was very small but updated for different seasons. The hotel I stayed at was called 'Riad Kalaa'. It was only a few steps from the ocean and the rooms had an open fire. The architecture was very unique with hooks and crannies, terraces, alcoves and salons, which ensured harmonious and restful ambiance. I am so sad to be leaving Africa but cannot wait to continue my journey in South America visiting Argentina, Paraguay, and Peru.