Rabat: Oudaia Kasbah



April 18, 2013

Mis Amigos,

In contrast to the more modern streets and districts of Casablanca, I feel the living history here in the Oudaia Kasbah in Rabat.

I wander the narrow residential streets of the Kasbah where the blue and white lime-washed homes date back to the 17th and 18th Centuries. 

The Bab Oudaia, the gate that pierces the fortress walls of the Kasbah, was built in the 12th Century.

Orange trees decorate the Moorish-style Andalusia Garden, a pleasant place to relax.  Just outside the garden, several men prepare mint leaves for the tea they serve in the café.

Over the centuries, large numbers of people from southern Spain have migrated here to northern Morocco.  Hence, the Andalucía Garden and Plaza Granada.

 ¡Gracias a Dios!  With my miniscule Arabic and my suspect French, I am able to communicate with my meager Spanish.   English works pretty well here too.

Hasta luego,



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