Today is my last day here. "Leavin' on a jet plane" early tomorrow morning, so I thought I'd post some pictures from my doings her in Rabat.
Early on in my visit, I went to a horseback riding class. Not to ride, but to watch Kensa. She's quite the accomplished rider.
|Riding Conteisse, her horse for the class|
Walking back and forth to the dentist's office for several appointments (I now have a gorgeous new smile)
|Gotta love the cars parking on the sidewalk|
I discovered that the gate to the Jardin Botanique d'Essais was open, so I walked in. Now, this garden has been closed at least three years to my knowledge, maybe longer, while they restored it. In other years, when I took French classes at Amideast, I walked by it every day and wished I could go in. Voilà. This year I could explore it.
|View from the gate looking the length of the garden|
I mostly don't take artsey photos (usually don't have the eye for them) but I really like this one of an arbor.
|Here's a bougainvilla hedge still in bloom|
And, of course, no visit to Rabat is complete without visiting Chellah. Off in the distance.
|Taken from just across the road from the palace|
It was first settled by the Phoenicians
|Probable Phoenician site|
and then build over by the Romans.
|Broken columns and big rocks|
|Looking down from the Roman remains with mosque in background|
In the 14th century, the Morenid sultan built a necropolis and other structures including a mosque.
|Looking into the courtyard|
|Standing wall of the mosque|
And here's some of a wall with mosaics still on it.
At the house, I've gone on a daily hunt for one or both of the tortoises living in the garden. Found this dude today.
I've had a wonderful time here. Enough time so that, although I'll be sad to leave, I'm looking forward to being home with my crazy dogs and enough ideas to write a zillion books. Good thing winter's almost here--in Maine that is.
See you on the other side of the pond.