A Day in Rabat

by Michael (delayed post)

Rabat was never part of our plan, but it had a good flight connection to Madrid. So we took the bus leaving early in the morning. The train station wouldn’t store baggage (security concerns) but the Hotel Berlin did for a couple dollars. Then we walked around the souks.

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Woe is him.

The Rabat souks were in a bit more of a grid than Marrakech or Fes, but you could still get lost. We had another cheap, but tasty lunch and made a third and final attempt at carpet shopping (the subject of another post).

We noticed that the old city walls included a seashell as part of the design. It reminded me of where I am going next: the Camino de Santiago, which uses the seashell as a guide.

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City wall with shell reminiscent of the Camino

There is a cute cafe tucked away in the Kasbah of Rabat, between the garden and the river. It was great place to enjoy some tea and admire the many resident cats.

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Yes, I think I’ll have another.

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The flowers were taller than Elizabeth!

We also took a walk down to the beach. I’m not sure about Elizabeth, but I think I need my fix of ocean every once in a while. We had been inland since Essaouira, and this made me feel calm amidst the crazy of Morocco.

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Of course, our airport bus connection didn’t run at the time we thought it did, and we had trouble with check-in for RyanAir, but we made it to Madrid in the evening.

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