Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

We boarded a ferry in Tarifa, Spain and headed over to Tangier (also known as Tangiers), Morocco. Written out, I keep wanting to pronounce it as "tangy-er." The ferry ride over isn't that long, and most of the time is spent waiting in line on board the ferry to get the customs & immigration paperwork taken care of.

While standing in line, I realized that the car key had fallen out of my pocket. Fortunately, I figured out that it probably slipped out while I was sitting down...so I went back to my seat and there it was. I don't even want to think about how bad it would have been to have lost the key, only to realize it at the end of a long day with no means of getting back to the hotel or airport tomorrow.
The most stylized pedestrian symbol I've ever seen

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Anyways, we arrived at the port of Tangiers shortly thereafter. We made our way through bustling crowds to meet up with our tour guide, who escorted us to the van. I should point out that we've got our baby with us, but the van didn't have a car seat. So, for the one day in her life where I really didn't have a choice, my daughter got to ride in my lap while we drove around town. Hopefully that wasn't illegal...but I didn't see anyone with car seats while we were driving.


Our guided walking tour through the Kasbah was pretty fun. It was featured in the Bourne series, and I actually recognized part of the entrance in the movie. We stopped at a restaurant and had a nice local meal in what is probably a tourist restaurant catering to foreigners on tour.
The entrance to the Kasbah


Spices!

Obi Wan, is that you?

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My new camel trinket, bought just outside the restaurant.
Lunch Time!
We also stopped at a carpet shop (that probably contributes to the tour company) where we bought a Berber carpet. It was woven in the Atlas mountains, so it's literally a Berber carpet. They washed it and mailed it to Florida for us, can't wait to see it in the house.
Our new Berber carpet
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