Pictured here at Le Magasin Solidaire et Equitable, Christophe Labesse proudly represents women entrepreneurs all over Morocco who come together to sell spices, traditional health remedies, food stuffs and many different types of honey. Currently, the NGO women-owned cooperative consists of about 50 women. The storefront in Casablanca is hard to find but worth the effort. Behind the upscale Hotel Sofitel in the parking lot, a one story building without a sign holds a treasure trove of Moroccan-produced products. Check out their web sit at Le Magasin Solidaire et Equitable (http://www.bladlkhir.ma/fr/) and press translate. Ex-pat Kathy Kriger, owner of Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca (and a native of Portland, Oregon) told me about this resource. She sources the coffee served at her Casablanca “must-visit” restaurant – Rick’s Cafe – from this cooperative.
Flowers are casually cultivated along the winding streets of Casa. Hibiscus, bougainvillea, and bird of paradise crane out of cracks and crannies in walls along the old stone streets of Grand Casablanca. Shown blooming here, Sansevieria trifasciata, also called snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue or Saint George’s sword is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. An urban bee and I are both attracted to it as we stroll along the white walls of the streets of Casa.
Since the reign of sultan Muhammad ibn Abdallah, the Alaouite sultans and kings have maintained a palace in Rabat.
The largest city of Morocco, Casablanca is located in the western part of the country on the Atlantic Ocean. One of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically, Casablanca is Morocco’s chief port and industrial center. Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco.
Crossing another imaginary line…The Tropic of Cancer, also referred to as the Northern Tropic, is the most northerly circle of latitude on the Earth at which the Sun may appear directly overhead at its culmination. This event occurs once per year, at the time of the Northern solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun to its maximum extent. As of 16 March 2015, it lies at 23°26′14.3″ north of the Equator. The Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer are two of the five major degree measures or major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. The positions of these circles of latitude (other than the Equator) are dictated by the tilt of the Earth’s axis of rotation relative to the plane of its orbit. The Tropic of Cancer position is not fixed, but varies in a complicated manner over time. It drifts south almost half a second (0.47″) of latitude per year (it was at exactly 23° 27′ in year 1917).
Recovering from a sinus infection, flying on the Boeing Dreamliner at 40,000 feet on Qatar Air – I could feel the difference. It is the world’s first major airliner to use composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe. The 787 was designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the 767 it is replacing. For those geeks among us, the Dreamliner’s distinguishing features include mostly electrical flight systems, a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour. With more fresh air and humidity and a cabin pressure of 6,000 feet to minimize discomfort, Boeing claims that one in four travelers experience some form of ‘respiratory distress’ after flying 12 hours in a conventional aircraft with a cabin pressure of 8,000 feet, but this plummets to 5-6 per cent at 6,000 feet.
Table Mountain is at the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula. The flat top of the mountain is often covered by orographic clouds, formed when a south-easterly wind is directed up the mountain’s slopes into colder air, where the moisture condenses to form the so-called “table cloth” of cloud. Legend attributes this phenomenon to a smoking contest between the Devil and a local pirate called Van Hunks. When the table cloth is seen, it symbolizes the contest – and the fact tht Van Hunks won! This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill, forms the natural amphitheater of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbor. In the foreground is Cape Grace hotel where Bill Clinton stayed when he visited South Africa as United States President.
Because of its position along one of the world’s busiest trade routes, Cape town is one of the busiest ports in South Africa, handling the largest amount of fresh fruit and second only to Durban as a container port. The port also has significant repair and maintenance facilities that are used by several large fishing fleets and parts of the West African oil industry.
Sea Point is a suburb of Cape Town and is situated on a narrow stretch of land between Cape Town’s well known Lion’s Head to the south-east and the Atlantic ocean to the north-west. It is a high density area, where space is at a premium. Houses are built in close proximity to one another towards the surrounding mountainside, while apartment buildings are more common in the central area and toward the beach-front. An important communal space is the beach-front promenade, a paved walkway along the beach-front used by residents and tourists for walking, jogging or socializing.
Lion’s Head is a mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Lion’s Head peaks at 2,195 ft above sea level. The peak forms part of a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town and is part of the Table Mountain National Park. The suburbs of the city surround the peak and Signal Hill on almost all sides, but strict management by city authorities has kept development of housing off the higher ground. The area is significant to the Cape Malay community, who historically lived in the Bo-Kaap quarter close to Lion’s Head. There are a number of historic graves and shrines of Malay leaders on the lower slopes and on Signal Hill.
Adjoining Sea Point is Three Anchor Bay. The beaches along this stretch are in the main covered with mussel shells thrown up by the ocean, unlike the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, which are sandy. The rocks off the beaches at Sea Point are in large part basaltic, of late Precambrian age and internationally famous in the history of geology.
As I photographed the skyline at Central City Station, a whistle blew behind me and these 2 suspected pick pockets hot footed in front of my camera. A city of contrasts, according to the South African Police Service (SAPS) statistics for the year ending in March 2011, a total of 1 336 robberies were reported in the central part of the city. That’s an average approaching 4 robberies per day.
The Bosphorus Bridge, also called the First Bosphorus Bridge or simply the First Bridge is one of two suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey; thus connecting Europe and Asia. The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side). It is a gravity anchored suspension bridge with steel towers and inclined hangers. When it was completed in 1973, the Bosphorus Bridge was the 4th longest suspension bridge span in the world, and the longest outside the United States. At present, it is the 22nd longest suspension bridge span in the world.
Since the medieval Byzantine period, The Maiden’s Tower is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 220 yards from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey. In 1110, Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenus built a wooden tower protected by a stone wall. From the tower an iron chain stretched across to another tower erected on the European shore, at the quarter of Mangana in Constantinople. The islet was then connected to the Asiatic shore through a defense wall, whose underwater remains are still visible. During the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453, the tower held a Byzantine garrison commanded by the Venetian Gabriele Trevisano. Subsequently, the structure was used as a watchtower by the Ottoman Turks during the reign of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror.