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Jan 3, 2018 - Names must exactly match

The Delta check in machine at SEA was in a poor mood. It scanned my passport then tried to decide whether or not to stage a work stoppage. Meanwhile, Mo was in the bag check line, trying to save us time. No checking bags without a boarding pass. After several minutes of machine inaction, I had to waive her over to try her passport in a different machine. Hers worked. I got a boarding pass. Mo got a notice stating, cannot proceed as names do not match. We were consigned to the special services line. The staff at the machine there made us...

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Trip Journal

Second Time Around

Oct 20, 2017 - Friday Oct. 20: Travel to Casablanca

Long day in the bus. I did not realize how mountainous it would be and did not use my patch and got car sick. We went through Tetouan, then north to Tangier, where we picked up the big highway. We had lunch in Rabat, the Capitol, and drove past the King's residential palace. Then we followed the coast to Casablanca around 4:30, drove by Rick's American Cafe, and the 3rd largest mosque in the world, the King Hassan II Mosque. We took a group photo there and spent 45 minutes photographing. We went to the Hyatt to spend the night. We had a...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Back to Casablanca

Last day on the bus! Karim headed us out to the main road and back to Casablanca. There were no planned sight-seeing stops today, just several comfort stops and lunch on our own. Before we reached the first stop, though, TT, an older Canadian man traveling alone who suffers from many health issues and possibly some dementia issues, realized that he'd left his passport at the hotel. The first thing Abdulwahab asks us everyday before the bus leaves is--do you have everything, including your passport??. Poor Abdulwahab. He did a great job of...

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Oct 7, 2017 - We arrive in Casablanca

Not wanting to complain and fully appreciating our upgrade, nonetheless it wasn't a very comfortable night in our fancy seats. The space is still pretty confined and neither of us slept very well. We arrived in Paris at 7:30am and had about 4 hours until catching our connecting flight to Casablanca so we spent that time in the Air France lounge, trying to stay awake. Nothing very exciting to share about that time. We boarded our plane for Casablanca and arrived there 20 minutes early. The immigration line was very long and took almost an...

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May 29, 2017 - Home

Tuesday 23rd May 2017, Frankfurt airport Left hot Morocco for cooler Portugal. Such a different atmosphere here. Picked up from the airport in a brand new Mercedes and delivered to a 3 star hotel we had stayed in five weeks previously. Off to the local garden and enjoyed it so much I relaxed .......then lost my camera. About two thirds of my pictures are gone. As you expect we looked and looked. Asked everyone, often greeted with the 'not a chance brother' expression. A pity but all is not lost as Chris has taken many of the same photos as...

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May 20, 2017 - Essaouira to Casablanca

Saturday 20th May 2107, Essaouira to Casablanca Interesting..... lots of politics discussed as we travelled. Arab Spring vs African Spring. So many donkeys working which again provided a contrast as we heard about international affairs. Men harvesting barley or wheat by hand though this is not an unusual practice in this country which is trying to catch the 21st century. As we drive along the by roads, people are still trying to flag us down and get a lift. Men, boys, mothers with kids, anyone. We came across some villages having their...

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May 7, 2017 - Cascais to Casablanca

Sunday 7th May 2017, Cascais to Casablanca Today we left Portugal behind, but not before a drive with one of those drivers that tailgates and passed us on the roads many times. The tour company arranged a transfer to the airport - very quickly. She took off and we soon learned she was in a great hurry. Needless to say we got the the airport in plenty of time - which tended to undo the increase in Chris' blood pressure caused by the drive in. Lots of passport checking and stamping and checking and forms and we are in Morocco. Looked our...

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Dec 7, 2016 - Beslama(goodby) Morocco

Our final night in Morocco! Of course , now the weather is delightful... we drove into Casablanca today- huge city, 6 million - I would take a pass in the future, very busy, lots of air pollution but true we did not spend anytime here. Said took us to visit the Hassan II mosque, the largest in Morocco and 13th largest in the world. The minaret is 689 ft tall and it is the tallest minaret. We missed going inside due to 3pm call to prayer. A country of contrasts -poised to enter developed world but hampered by (my opinion only) by the...

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Oct 26, 2016 - Morocco

We spent our last day in Spain quietly. Slept late, got gas for the car and went for a bike ride along the boardwalk weaving thro'people, sidewalk sellers, restaurants and such. At 4p we stopped for tapas aand settled early to bed. The next a.m. we found the drop off for the car easily and spent 3 hours in the airport before we could check in. Gord left his wallet behind at security and discovered this after we had gone through passport control and were going to grab a quick bite before boarding. An upset fellow raced back through passport...

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Oct 15, 2016 - Casablanca

We've arrived in Morocco after a good flight. Flying over Saudi Arabia was interesting, the colours of the desert changed constantly as did the topography - flat sand, dunes and rocky hills. There were also roads, both sealed and dirt, that stretched for miles and intersected at perfect right angles. We saw the Suez Canal, Heraklion and Malta as the skies were mainly clear. No hitches on arrival, our taxi was there and we had our first experience of Moroccan roads: they drive like the French: constantly swapping lanes and tooting their...

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Oct 7, 2014 - Day at sea

Most of the day today was spent nursing a cold which started yesterday. Nothing much to report other than we had to modify our Lisbon excursion tomorrow because the one we had chosen, the visit of 3 cities, is only given in Turkish. We are therefore now going to Fatima,

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May 11, 2014 - Essaouira to Marrakech - last full day

When we saw women sitting in the streets sitting with their babies and little children, hours on end with their mothers begs for money, we were advised children are sometimes given drugs to keep them quiet. Very sad to hear. Today another day on our own in Essaouira until we returned to Marrakech late afternoon. Tonight is last night in Morroco. We all enjoyed last evening together , went out to nice restaurant. Tomorrow catching taxi to airport for morning flight to Cassablanca and then afternoon flight to Montreal. vacation over, will...

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