So I’m catching you up on our latest stops. We stopped in Casablanca for the day, so we did the Hassan Mosque which is the 3rd largest one in the world, behind Mecca and Dubai. It is HUGE. It is quite interesting and the inside is beautiful. It is done in natural mute tones which is a lot different from some of the other mosques we have been too. It holds 5k people which is a whole lotta people. Our guide explained to us that the 3 balls (well they look like balls to me) on top of the mosque represented the following religions, first the large one is the Muslims, the middle one is Judaism and the last one Christians, I found this to be very interesting. He also told us the mosque we visited is the only one that allows non Muslims to visit in Morocco. We were their before prayers were to begin so we had a lot of time to see the inside. He showed us the washing room and explained to us how they do the washing and where they start (hands, face, neck, arms and then feet) in these washing rooms there is a separate washing room for the females and the males also inside the mosque it is segregated very similar to the Jewish religion we have discovered in our current travels.
Casablanca is a interesting city. You see lots of French writing and French also being spoken. I’m not really sure it is a city I would revisit on my own, however, I wish we had more than a day to visit so we could go out into the country side up to Rabat and Marrakech, however these places are like a 3-4 hr drive from Casablanca.
Our next stop was Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. This island was solely created volcanically and the most recent eruption was more than 100 years ago. The original settlement of the Tenerife people dates back to 200BC until it was taken over by Spain in the 15th century. The major economic draw is tourism and it is a nice clean island. We visited a small local village and I discovered a wonderful little spice shop and picked up some different spices for some of the cooks in the family. We also visited a pyramid park which was discovered in the late 1970’s. The pyramids which there are 6 of but they aren’t that big are built in a similar style to the ones located in South America, Mexico and Guatemala. I’ll have to locate the stuff I collected on the gentleman who helped to discover this pyramid and who was instrumental in its uncovering and maintaining of the park.
I’ll work on getting some pictures posted. We are off to Madeira for 2 days. Our captain has mentioned we may have some weather to deal with so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t miss this port. Then after Madeira we will have 7 days for our Atlantic crossing before we land in Florida and then fly home. I’ve met some fellow knitters and we have been meeting up on our sea days, doing puzzles, checking out the nightly entertainment, catching some movies, cooking demos, wine sampling and I’ve been going to see the violists on board so we are not board by any means. Oh yes trying to catch up on some reading as well.