After a lovely weekend spent at my hometown, I decided I could write about it. Afterall, apart from being that little town I'm used to, it is a cute green city founded on a gorgeous natural site, 30 minutes close to Rabat!
A friend of mine from Casablanca got tired of the big metropolis, and decided she could come and visit me in Kenitra, 30 minutes away by train from Rabat. I said yes why not! Let us meet here and enjoy my hometown and current city!
Kenitra was founded in 1912 by marreshal Lyautey, and was the floor for an American military base for decades. Founded in a perfect natural site, Kenitra is bordered on the west by a river, and surrounded from all sides by a green belt; the natural reserve of Sidi Boughaba and its natural lake, Mehdia beach connected to it, an oak forest and a eucalyptus forest on the ways to Rabat and to fez. Kenitra has been the town of chalets, cottages, Haussmanian buildings and 70s' cubic villas, and is now quickly changing. More and more new buildings are replacing the lovely neighbourhoods famous in the past for their green alleys and gardens and their typical architecture like quartier Mimosa and Valle-Fleury. However, for the visitor who has no notslagia of 10 years-ago-Kenitra, the town still has a captivating charm: very large avenues and streets aligned with old trees give the visitor a nice sense of emptiness and calm.
However, although you can enjoy downtown on your feet, it is better to have a car to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the city: the forests and lake, and the typical village of Mehdia, 12 kilometers away, already offer you a touch of Northern cities, and a pure environment where you can renew your oxygen. Mehdia beach is also famous all over the country for being the cradle of Surfing in Morocco. There are surf schools and camps where you can rent a board or get a lesson.The port of Mehdia offers a wide variety of fish and seafood, and there are places where you can have fried or grilled fish for a fresh lunch.
The natural reserve and its lake is a stopover where migrating birds gather in the winter, and it is ideal for picnics and walks.
You can also stay in Kenitra and have a walk on the river's cornice and have a drink at one of its coffee shops. A beautiful view of the old port "Port Lyautey".
Well, this is my hometown and current city, and you are welcome anytime!
Also, if you've come across a little town like Kenitra, share with us your stories and trip photos. There is more to Morocco than its beautiful world famous cities, so enjoy it as much as you can, and happy volunteering!
The Tour Hassan is the minaret of a mosque built on the orders of Yacoub el Mansour and that was after the Friday Mosque in Sammarra (Iraq), the most important shrine in the Muslim world. Her kinship with the famous Giralda of Seville and the Koutoubia Marrakech, appears at first glance, especially with its size, its strength in its beauty bare tracery broad and simple, it is decorated. Symbol of the power of the Almohad dynasty. Tower with a square base of side 16m20, and 44 m high, but if you compare its size to those of its counterparts, it can be assumed that the measure would double! It rests on a platform high on 6m. Its walls are 5m thick, the south wall is pierced, the ground floor, door accessing the interior ramp which leads to the summit. Small vaulted rooms each so different, are staged in the central nucleus. The outer surfaces of the minaret are decorated in the classic manner of arches and tracery, however, that the provision varies on each side. Exuding an aura of majesty, Hassan tower is never without inspiring curiosity in the looks that arise there: located in a city that can proudly boast a large number of mosques, it has never been able to materialized in all its glory as the structure failed. The fact remains, however, not least that it attracts visitors, probably because of this halo of dignity that emanates from it. Hassan tower With its fifty mosques and even more, Rabat is a city that could house a mosque of great prestige: the Hassan Tower. Conditional because even now it is only realized in all its splendor in the imagination of everyone. It has, therefore, never able to fulfill the vocation to which it was intended, at the outset: that of being a place dedicated to worship. Of this unfinished building was born Hassan tower that is other than this minaret left to the imagination wander what would endorse both the role of the world's largest mosque as well as the largest religious building in the world. Despite these three dots leaves it in everyone's mind, the Tour Hassan is among the most famous monuments of the city in which it operates. Nothing is more obvious because it contains the whole story in itself. Basically, its construction was in fact the result of the ambition of Sultan Yacoub El Mansour to build the biggest mosque in the Muslim world after the one in Samarra, Iraq.This was the twelfth century. But after the death of the said Sultan, in 1199, work was soon abandoned. It follows that the tower was never able to reach the stipulated level, which is about sixty feet. She currently stands in all its majesty of its top forty meters.
Most of our volunteers live in Rabat and work in Salé, so the Tramway will be the best mean of transportation between these two cities.
Fast, comfortable and economic, the Tramway is a reliable transport that respects the environment. It looks like a new partner everyday essential
urban activity and participating in the development of the Community. It is also intended, by its layout optimised to allow users access to major facilities such as public hospitals, schools, shopping centres, administrative centres, stations ...
Regarding the urban dimension, the Tramway is also an opportunity to rethink the sharing of public space between cars and motorbikes, However it beautifies the city so that everyone will feel welcome and flourish: planting trees along the roads, modernisation of public lighting and street furniture, new footpaths.
Technologically, this is to optimise the comfort of paths for users, improving the speed and frequency, while limiting the harmful effects associated with pollution air, noise and congestion. On the other hand, this project addresses the need for accessibility for people with reduced mobility.
Finally, by improving the image of public transport, it is possible to attract new customers and revitalise neighborhoods through.
For all its advantages, the Tramway is more than a mode of transportation; it is another way of experiencing the city. Accessible to all, regular, low noise and environmentally friendly, it helps to improve living conditions and helps to better manage time; this new mode of transportation will sail Rabat and Salé for all.
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