Before I got there, my expectations of Morocco were to find these beautiful buildings that look lavish finished with black and white tile patterns, high ceilings and ornamental lamps. Like some of the places I’ve seen like the Arab Christian youth hostel in Nazareth, but better as I’ve read so much about the Moroccan artisans and their incredible attention to detail.
This is Tangier looking from back to the port I came out of yesterday
I got into a small taxi which the driver took me at full speed into the old city up a series of windy streets, I’m thinking we can’t get through that small doorway, with a lot of skill from the driver he weaves his way, finally getting through a tight bend which required a full left lock one direction, then puts the car in reverse and full right lock and then ahead. I was outside my hostel, actually the journey was very quick, I didn’t realise it was right across from the ferry terminal. My journey is only 2 Euros. I haven’t actually got any local money yet.
This is the living room. Lots of comfy seats and computer to borrow there. Absolutely love the decorations here, the high ceilings, mosaic and tile work, coloured glass ornament lamp shades, and of course carpets.
This place is on 3 floors, you can see all the way down through the glass floor from the top room where I was at.
Star shaped iron work, pale pastel coloured walls, palm trees, – and – a glass floor revealing what is on the floors above and below you!!! I think this place had been extensively renovated recently.
This was my room for the night. the bathroom is set inside this wardrobe-like partition. This would be a pretty cool place for a honeymoon I think.
I was the only person in this place, I had it to myself! Guess it was the quiet season.
I found out later that a Riad is a type of mansion that was popular with the wealthy here. I think that’s where the city in Saudi Arabia of the same name comes from. Its amazing this place has been built and kept in such beautiful condition.
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