It was Casablanca today – we berthed at about 7 o’ clock this morning but before that ……..
…….. last evening, after the third cabin make up every day, this is the sort of treat we “come home” to after our wonderful cabin steward Bosco has finished with our room.
After dinner last night, and after Doug had doubled his money in the casino again (!) – no gold star though, we joined a couple of our table friends, Margaret and Carl (from sunny Wales), for a great evening in Carmen’s bar. We won the two cocktails by naming what they were made from (still no more gold stars!).
This morning we were ferried, free of charge, into the centre of Casablanca – the temperature was 22 deg. C and rising and we were the only souls in shorts as it’s the cold season at the moment for the locals!
This is the central “National” square in the city.
We took the tram down to the lovely sandy beach (on the “Ocean Atlantique”) where we had lunch …….
……. and then we returned to the city where we experienced a bit of the ‘tourist trail’ …………
…….. and then the wonderful and evocative smells and sights of the ‘ not so tourist trail’.
When you get off the beaten track, and rub shoulders with the real side of life, it’s so different and so much more interesting ……….
…….. and things can get quite “real”!
Back to the twentieth century and these are the new trams which are only about a year old.
Back to the main square, and before we caught the bus back to the ship, we finished our day with some major purchases – a pair of Ray Bans for £4 and a Gucci watch for £3! The whole wonderful day cost us the magnificent sum of 20 Euros including lunch! and James is going to swank around with his Gucci watch at dinner tonight.
Our wonderful “Aurora” can squeeze into the tightest of spaces by using its 3 bow thrusters and 1 stern thruster, each 2.5 metres in diameter and each with a 1.5 megawatt motor. The ship next to us is quite a large oil tanker.
Arriving back on board at about 3 pm, and after being suitably inspected for suspicious objects and numerous forms of dirt and disease, we were able to enjoy the afternoon sunshine by one of the pools. This is Doug’s sneaky pic of a lazy James!
And the last pic is of our group of reprobates who we enjoy dinner with:- James, Gill, Zoe, Janice, Paul, Carl, Margaret and Doug.
Some technical facts about “Aurora” :- she has 4 engines with an attached electrical generator, each weighing 250 tonnes, and each producing 14 megawatts of electricity. She has electric drive motors of 20 megawatts for each of the 2 prop shafts. Each motor weighs 180 tonnes and gives her a top speed of 24 knots. That’s it for now but more to come next time Shaun (a friend who has asked us for some technical stuff!).
What a WOW this all is!