02.05.2014 - 13.05.2014
2 days and a bit and we are off to Morocco. Tests are all finished, marks are in and now we can relax and enjoy ourselves on our great adventure.
Our adventure starts when we get to Frankfurt on Saturday morning. We will travel from the airport and head into town by train. We have almost 9 hours here so we have decided to explore this city as best we can in the time we have. Some will go on a walking tour and see the famous sites on foot, while others will take a tram tour; with a sampling of Frankfurt Cider which is now famous around the world. We have a few students who will visit with family and friends who are in the Frankfurt area. Then back to the airport for our second portion of our journey to Casablanca.
We will be having a very busy day the first day once we arrive in Casablanca. We will head north to Morocco's coastal capital since 1912, Rabat. We will see the picturesque Kasbah of the Udayas, built in the mid-12th century and the unique Hassan Tower (begun at the end of the 12th century, it was meant to have the world's largest minaret, but was never completed). Just opposite the tower lies the 20th-century Mausoleum of Mohammed V.
From here we continue to Meknes to view the UNESCO World Heritage Site: the gate of El-Mansour. Our tour here will also include the medina (market); the royal stables and a tour of the royal palace.
One more stop before we reach our final destination for today (Fes). Volubilis is a partly excavated Roman city which was developed from the 3rd century BC onwards. It was not until the 19th century that the ruins we see today were identified as the ancient city of Volubilis. Today it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wow!! All this and it has only been the first day. I hope to show you lots of pictures of our travels as we continue on our whirl wind tour of Morocco. Stay tuned and I will get back to you once we are in Fes.
Even Steve (our school mascot) is in his Djellaba ready to go!