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June 10, 2011

Turkish Airlines, Istanbul…C+

I used THY for the first time from Casablanca to Istanbul.

No boarding priority for premium passengers. Legroom on business class was limited and is a bit too small for comfort. If the seat next to me had not been empty I would have been really uncomfortable. In-flight entertainment was poor. Food was surprisingly average. In fact, it was bus-like and a bit rowdy but considering where I departed from, perhaps it is to be expected.

The cabin crew seemed friendly. Yes They were informative. Not. When you ask three of them separately as to the flight time and receive three different answers, then there is something wrong. The funny part is they allow passengers from economy class to walk around in business class so we get to share the toilet with them.

I know it was in Business Class, I can not even imagine what it was like in Economy. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

April 24, 2011

La Sqala Restaurant Cafe Maure, Casablanca…seafood and salad in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere

La Sqala is a lovely indoor-outdoor restaurant built in the gardens within the old city wall in front of the port. The shaded leafy outdoor section is where you want to be –lovely lush water-filled garden,  colourful mosaic tables, wrought-iron chairs, large linen umbrellas, and plenty of shade under a large trellis covered with bougainvillea. Amidst that flower-draped trellises, you’ll truly enjoy the wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

 The English-speaking staff were very friendly and attentive. The menu favours seafood and salads, although meat dishes are also available, and the exotic fruit juices are simply sublime. This is the true truth  and I say it as it is…

April 2, 2011

Royal Air Maroc, Casablanca…a flight not worth remembering

Filed under: Airline, Morocco, Travel — Tags: , , , , , , — PEr @ 11:25 pm

I flew on Royal Air Maroc from Barcelona to Casablanca. It was one of my most uncomfortable flight ever.

To start, there was a delay for no reason whatsoever. There was no explanation given. They seem to run at their own time.

The cabin was full. It was like a refugee camp on board. Legroom space was almost non-existent. Simply awful. The seat is cramped and  has very little recline and is worse than many airlines’ economy that I have flown. The flight was unremarkable except for being treated as cattle.

Royal Air maroc gets you there, and that’s about it. The hardware and product leaves an unfortunate impression. That’s the true truth as I say it as it is…

 

 

March 16, 2011

Restaurant du Port de Peche, Casablanca…fresh but inexplicably bland, bland bland

This smoky seafood restaurant next to the harbour has a French colonial feel to it. Decor and general setting was okay but nothing special. The service is very French, bordering on stuffy, but the food was anything but. The fish was fresh out of the ocean but it was absolutelyinexplicably  bland, Bland, BLAND. That fish was SO bland you’d need to flavour of any sort, just to help you swallow it. In fact, everything we tasted were bland, we couldn’t even say anything was good – not one thing.

This is not your stop if you are looking for great seafood.  This is the true truth and I am still saying it as it is…

February 20, 2011

Rick’s Cafe, Casablanca…the highlight of Casablanca, Morocco

Of course, this isn’t the REAL Rick’s Cafe from the movie “Casablanca”, but an old mansion restored to resemble the era depicted in the movie – complete with arched doorways, a white bar and piano.  Immediately upon entering, you are rtaken back to the movie instantly. There are two floors, with antique tables and cvhairs surrounding a semi-circular bar on the first floor. If you’ve never seen the movie, it’s screened upstairs where the wall are also decked out in movie memorabilia.

For those unacquainted, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), an ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, Rick’s cafe became a haven for refugees looking to pruchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. The movie (and its song) is a captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue.

We sat at the bar and had a Casablanca bottled beer and simply soaked in the combination of the elegant atmosphere, nostalgic music and the fully-stacked bar. It really did make us feel as though we have stepped back in time and into a scene of Casablanca. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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