I chose Morocco coz I wanted to experience the different offerings of Middle East World Zone – The blue, white & Brown Arabic Architecture in between the inter-twining streets against the Blue Sky & Blue Sea with Quiet & Conventional People Folks really appealed to me as a place I really wanted to see.
I had been to Mountains a lot, European destinations, South East Asian Beaches, Cape Town’s valley streets but never to Middle Eastern World & that appealed to me as something I have to see with my eyes to experience. And surely, overall I was not disappointed.
Here are the things I loved :
- The Medina walks with amazingly interesting architecture, culture, people, markets, practices (one of the most fascinating was how pretty houses were hidden inside non revealing brown walls), lives insights, handicraft industries (though my new friend Gracia mentioned that its not possible to make so much of stuff by hand alone – I agree).
- The Hasan Mosque in Casablanca was breath-taking with its architecture & grandness – Pure Grandness of location & design – WOW!
- The landscape were varying from Mountains (Green, Brown) to small villages to loads of markets to wide open spaces. Morocco has apparently everything from seas, deserts, mountains, modernism & medina lives to offer.
- How the infrastructure is so much in place – very similar to Europe & a developed Islamic Country – very impressive.
- The hotels we stayed in were majorly 4 star with lovely swimming pool views
- Some Interesting travel places thrown in form of Roman Remains, French ski resort amongst many others.
- I was amazed with what Progressive Islamic nation with Monarchy Dictatorship focussed on public spends at infrastructure, education, tourism, agriculture (oranges, indigo, handicrafts) can go on to achieve – my regards for this small (in geographical area) has gone up many times.
- Though I did not expect the group I got – was able to make friends with two Italian ladies which worked out rather well & also got to see how Italians & Spanish families travel which was quite interesting
- Morocco was filled with visitors at this point & hence one could see all age groups & nationalities floating around with so many Japanese thrown in with their selfie sticks!
- I got some time to do self evaluation which is MOST CRITICAL for me while travelling
- The weather was mostly pleasant with some times becoming too hot or cold
- Also very few Indian tourists thankfully.. and no extra charge for camera..
For my next travel, here are my thoughts :
- I would like to be more involved in the planning & probably do it on my own totally & see how it goes
- I would want to know the itinerary more in detail so I can plan what to buy, what to wear, what to carry a bit more in advance
- I think 4 days is enough for me to get a flavour of the place & I would like to explore something more new next quickly
Will share the pictures & some more insights in some days.