Saturday, August 30, 2008

Casablanca, Morocco Day 7-Grand Mosque Tour

Pastries, bread and cakes are very tasty in Morocco. Must be the remaining from the time colonized by French. Our lunch today was Seafood Pastella and fried calamari at the restaurant across from the Central Market. Pastella is wrapped with thin dough like phillo and has shrimp, squid, onion and vermicelli. I liked the crispy top. The right-down pictures is water seller. They wear funny costumes like this and keep the water in the black hairly shoulder bag. Wonder the water is cold...
モロッコのペイストリー、パン、ケーキはとてもおいしい。フランス植民地時代の名残りかな。今日のランチはStevenとこの間私がいったマーケットの向かいのレストランでSeafood Pastella とイカのフライ。Pastellaはフィロのような薄い生地で海老、玉ねぎ、イカそして春雨のようなヌードルを包んで焼いたもの。パリパリの外側がおいしい。右下の写真は水売り。こんなおもしろいコスチュームを着て、黒い毛皮のショルダーバッグの中に収めた水を売ります。生ぬるそうだなあ。

We learned that there is a English tour which takes us inside of the Grand Mosque of Hassan II so here we go!
グランモスクハッサンⅡで寺院内を見せるツアーがあるということなのでLet's go!

I love the mosaic works...beautiful. モザイクは本当に美しい… This huge door opens with electric power...too heavy to open by hands.
The chandelier is made with Venetian glasses.
Beatiful (and tall) ceiling. 美しい(そして高い)天井。

Steven is chatting with the tour guide.

Me and prerry mosaic wall. 私と美しいモザイクの壁。

This fenced area is for women to pray. Women shouldn't be seen.
I said women shouldn't be seen!!!! 女性は見られないところへってば!!!
This is the ablution room to wash hands before praying.

Public bath but this is just a model and has never been used.
This mosque the second largest in the world after the Masjid al-Har in Mecca and built with modern techniques and collections of Moroccan craftman ship. The ceiling in the picture above opens with electric!!
このモスクはメッカにあるMasjid al-Harの次に大きいモスクでモダンハイテクとモロッコの職人の集大成です。上の写真の天井は電動で開閉します!
Dinner is at Au Petit Poucet. Another chicken cous cous and lumbs tajine. We like this place a lot!
夕食はチキンクスクス(又!)とラムのタジンをAu Petit Poucetで。このレストランはいい!
Au Petit Poucet
Address:86 Bd. Mohammed V
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