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Rick’s Café Casablanca

image Rick’s Café was designed to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the movie classic Casablanca. And they did well.  IMG_0107

Set in an old 30’s courtyard-style grand-mansion the restaurant is filled with the decorative details reminiscent of the film: curved arches, a sculpted bar, balconies, balustrades as well as brass lighting and plants that cast luminous shadows on white walls. The food is a wonderful mix of international-French and Moroccan.

image Rick’s Café Casablanca was developed by an America Diplomat Kathy Kriger who presumably needed something “authentic Casablancan” to entertain visiting dignitaries. 

Although this restaurant had nothing to do with the movie it is a “must do” for dinner when in Casablanca.

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May 6, 2009 at 7:39 am Leave a comment

Casablanca, Morocco

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After one day I have fallen in love with Casablanca and I know that there is so much more to experience.  From the cafes, to the boulevards, to the 3rd largest mosque in the world, this city is full of surprises.

Casablanca (in Arabic الدار البيضاء ) means white (blanca) house (casa) in Spanish but curiously Arabic and French are the most used languages here. Casablanca is a city of about 3.1 million people in west of Morocco, on the Atlantic Ocean.

IMG_0099Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city as well as its chief port although I learned today that another major port is being built in the north of Morocco to relieve the port of congestion and to help limit the city’s growth.  Casablanca is also the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco by hosting many domestic and international headquarters and industry with the political capital being Rabat. Casablanca retains its historic position as the main industrial zone of the country.

imageThe Hassan II Mosque (Arabic: مسجد الحسن الثاني‎) is the largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest mosque in the world after the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) of Mecca and the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) in Medina. Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau it looks out over the Atlantic and can house 25,000 worshipers inside and a further 80,000 in the grounds. This is the first mosque that I have had the privilege to enter and it was a wonderful learning experience.

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IMG_0098Not only do you get to enjoy views of the Atlantic from the mosque but also from the boulevards running parallel to the shore.

Definitely worth a visit!

May 6, 2009 at 1:21 am 1 comment


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