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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Casblanca The Bigest City In Morocco
Casablanca (‘Dar el-Beïda' in Moroccan Arabic, which translates as ‘White House' in English) or Casa as it is known colloquially, was a tiny Berber settlement that became a home port for privateers, before turning into a trading post with Europe. Then, in the era of the French protectorate at the dawn of the 20th century, it mushroomed into what is today one of Africa's four largest cities. It was the vision of French governor Marshal Lyautey that set in train a massive half-century project that rebuilt the city and its facilities until they outshone those of Marseille, the port that had been the inspiration. Casablanca today uses 35% of the nation's electricity and handles 41% of its exports. Thanks to one of the world's largest artificial harbours, Casablanca dominates Morocco's industrial and service sectors.
The city nicknamed as the business capital, houses the second largest mosque, next to Mecca. Hassan II Mosque is a marvellous spectacle to behold and is worth visiting just because of the sheer size and glorious architecture of the building. Casablanca offers a holiday with so much culture and sightseeing that it really deserves to be explored in its entirety. Visitors that are fascinated by authentic Moroccan culture must go to La Corniche where there is a wealth of architecture to study with Sidi Abdel Rahman beach close by. The Sidi Abdel Rahman holds the tomb of the patron saint and stands as a memorial with which you are able to visit. It is here that you will see how religion plays a big part in the society of Casablanca and its history.
During the 19th century, Casablanca prospered off the back of its wool industry and its value as a port town was once again realised. The French were the next to make their mark on the town, with the 20th century seeing a period of colonisation following initial resistance from the locals. French control of Casablanca was made official in 1910 but once again, the locals were ill at ease with the situation and anti-French sentiment peaked in the 1940s and 50s, manifesting itself in a wave of rioting with the Christmas Day bombing of 1953 among the most notorious attacks. The country eventually shook itself free of French control, officially declaring itself independent on 2 March, 1956. Since then it has seen considerable development and has gained a reputation as a city with a solid tourist infrastructure as well as being the country’s business and economic capital
A visit during the summertime to Ain Diab beach will see many crowds relaxing by the golden sandy coves, swimming or taking part in activities that are scattered across the coastline. At night the area becomes a colourful place teeming with bars and restaurants where you can relax in the cooler atmosphere that continues to deliver on expectations. A visit to the old medina will give you a real taste of Moroccan life and really creates a sense of so much history packed into one area of Casablanca. The Old Medina is surrounded by busy stalls, merchants and the colourful market district with its with spices and fresh fruit littered around the stalls - a real marvel to see. You will find everything from clothes, jewellery and souvenirs that can be bought here - perfect way of bringing a little bit of morocco back with you. With the commercial aspects aside, what you have is a country that is enriched with mountainous regions and colourful landscapes that can be seen all around you. It is plain to see that a holiday to Casablanca, made most famous by the 1943 film of the same name, is the perfect break for those that seek a healthy mixture of both architectural wonders and tropical beaches, accompanied by a strong emphasis on Islamic faith and tradition that in no way has been lost with the modern developments
Casablanca’s climate is predominantly Mediterranean in character with typically hot summers and winters that are mild to cool with the majority of rain falling between November and April. The summer season runs from June through till September with the month of July and August experiencing the hottest temperatures (highs of 25/26°C). As these are not excessively high temperatures, it’s perfectly feasible to plan a trip to Casablanca during this period and if it’s a beach holiday that you are seeking then this would probably be the ideal time.
In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining Czech underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan.... Written by http://www.imdb.com/search/title?plot_author=Gary%20Jackson%20%3Cgaryjack5@cogeco.ca%3E&view=simple&sort=alpha
During World War II, Europeans who were fleeing from the Germans, sought refuge in America. But to get there they would first have to go Casablanca and once they get there, they have to obtain exit visas which are not very easy to come by. Now the hottest spot in all of Casablanca is Rick's Cafe which is operated by Rick Blaine, an American expatriate, who for some reason can't return there, and he is also extremely cynical. Now it seems that two German couriers were killed and the documents they were carrying were taken. Now one of Rick's regulars, Ugarte entrusts to him some letters of transit, which he intends to sell but before he does he is arrested for killing the couriers. Captain Renault, the Chief of Police, who is neutral in his political views, informs Rick that Victor Laszlo, the European Resistance leader, is in Casablanca and will do anything to get an exit visa but Renault has been "told" by Major Strasser of the Gestapo, to keep Laszlo in Casablanca. Laszlo goes to Rick's to meet Ugarte, because he was the one Ugarte was going to sell the letters to. But since Ugarte was arrested he has to find another way. Accompanying him is Ilsa Lund, who knew Rick when he was in Paris, and when they meet some of Rick's old wounds reopen. It is obvious that Rick's stone heart was because of her leaving him. And when they learn that Rick has the letters, he refuses to give them to him, because "he doesn't stick his neck out for anyone". Written by http://firstname.lastname@example.org&view=simple&sort=alpha
Rick Blaine, who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo. Laszlo is a Resistance leader, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country - but will he? Written by Anonymous