Our trip to Africa was made on a ferry from Algeciras to Tangier. This crosses the Mediterranean at its narrowest point, but the ride was rather longer than I had expected because Tangier is significantly west of Algeciras. (The closest African port to Algeciras is Ceuta, an autonomous Spanish city on the African coast almost directly south of Gibraltar.) The trip was sufficiently rough that I spent almost the entire time on deck to avoid sea-sickness. There's nothing like a cold stiff wind in the face to calm one's tummy.
Our last sight of Europe was Gibraltar as we left the port. The white ship this side of the rock is a returning ferry similar to the one we were on.
We arrived safely in the Tangier harbor and were met by Ismail, the guide who would accompany us for our time in Morocco. Our first sight-see was the Cap Spartel lighthouse, built in the mid-19th century. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Glad we got into port before that looming storm came in!
While we were in Tangier, we had a walking tour of the kasbah, the old fortified part of the city. (The term derives from the same root as alcazaba, which we encountered at the Alhambra.) Ismail told us that every old neighborhood had three essentials: a mosque, a bathhouse, and a communal oven. The mosque provided a place for daily prayer and worship. The other two were needed because individual houses usually lacked these amenities. We may have seen a bathhouse in this neighborhood. If so, I didn't get a picture of it.
This is the mosque.
This is the oven.
Clockwise from the left are: Jessma, Nell, Sue, Edith, Leslie, Nancy, Bob & Ray.
What appears to be a cap on the standing column to the right of center is a stork's nest.
This triumphal arch was built in honor of the emperor Caligula, but I can't verify that using WWW sources. Hard to imagine anyone honoring Caligula unless they really had to!
Near the site of Volubilis is the city of Moulay Idriss, which takes its name from the Muslim ruler, Idriss I, buried there. It is seen here from Volubilis as the white town spread across the base of the mountains. At the time we visited, non-Muslims were not allowed to spend the night there and we were strictly limited as to where we could go. Apparently that restriction is being eased nowadays.
Ismail assured us that the Lisbon earthquake that caused so much damage elsewhere in the region didn't affect Moulay Idriss at all, which was proof positive of the holiness of the city.
The mausoleum is behind the minaret.
Another historic city in the area that we did not visit is Meknes. We did stop on an overlook to see it before proceeding to Fes.
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