|Inside Dar Al Jemai|
Even today despite earthquakes, the walls and many of the buildings are still in place, a monument to Moulay Ismail who, depending on your point of view, was either a tyrant or a hero. He freed Morocco from the Spaniards and the English (Tangier) and kept the Ottaman Empire at bay on Morocco's Algerian border. He fed his city when it was besieged by other Berber tribes and provided wives and food to his slave army so they would bred future soldiers - the Black Guard were at their peak 150,000 men. He also had the architect of the beautiful Bab Al Mansour executed when the poor fellow admitted during a visit by Moulay Ismail that he could have built a better gate. Moulay even sent to the Sun Kings court an offer of marriage for Louis' daughter Marie. An offer which was refused.
|A Dar Al Jemai ceiling|
|The opulent Dar Al Jemai saloon|
|Weaving fine wool cloth|
|Bab Al Mansour|
|A bit of the walls|
|One of the ten wells - Kevin & Gordon|
|Stables for 12,000 horses|
|Our lunchtime view|
|Fountain in Meknes Museum|
The train was on time, we boarded in some confusion for the first class carriages were differently laid out to any we'd ridden in before - open carriages with airline style seating rather than the old fashioned French ones with their "compartiment"so the seat numbers booked didn't all exist. Never mind there were not many passengers on the train and we soon spotted four seats around a table to make ourselves comfy for the journey back. The countryside inland between Meknes and Rabat is very green with lots of farming - falaj irrigation systems like we'd seen in the Middle East together with more modern rotating sprinklers. Vegetables, grapes, citrus fruits and more plus acres of eucalyptus - we wondered whether Australia should send over some of their Koalas! Before 8pm were the crew back on board Temptress needing only a light snack before an early night after our huge lunch and two large poulet sandwiches from the catering trolley on the train which we shared.
|Don't think any films have been shown here for sometime!|