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Saturday, August 22, 1998
Rabat, Morocco
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Rabat, Morocco:
Latitude: 34° 1' 2" North
Longitude: 6° 50' 3" West
Altitude: 95 feet
From Seattle: 6085 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hotel Velleda

Today's Travel:
Country: Morocco
Region: The Atlantic Coast
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

The beach Kasbah, Rabat, Morocco

Stork & nest on ruined mosque Chellah Burial Complex, Rabat, Morocco

Storks standing guard Chellah Burial Complex, Rabat, Morocco

Storks' nests Chellah Burial Complex, Rabat, Morocco

Storks / ruins / flowers Chellah Burial Complex, Rabat, Morocco

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 499
Linear Dist: 122623
Countries Visited: 35
Regions Visited: 142
More stats...
Hotels: 113
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 41
Hostels: 135
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1920

Journal Entry:
Met Amy after her language class. We hung out and discussed Morocco and West Africa (as I had been trying to make travel plans). We spent the afternoon exploring Rabat.

We walked up through the Medina during the quiet afternoon period to the Kasbah. We spent some time looking down at the beaches. They were so crowded all I could think of was swarming ants. Explored the winding maze-like paths of the Kasbah. Then walked back through the now teeming Medina.

Walked across town to the Chellah Burial Complex. The complex is an ancient necropolis with roman ruins and the remains of a beautiful Mosque (king Hussan is buried in the Mosque). What is really spectacular are the multitudes of overgrown but brilliant flowers. Then add a resident population of several hundred (thousands?) giant storks. This place felt like what I thought Africa should. There were huge nests, and the storks make the most amazing sound, a warbling clicking noise, something like a cross between a bull frog and a cricket).

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Rabat
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Morocco
CIA World Fact Book: Morocco

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