This week Robert and I will be learning about Rocks and Minerals. We will be sharing with you the ones that currently are in our possession. These rocks and minerals I received from a friend; who lives in Morocco. Because we have so many different kinds. We will be spreading it out this week. Each day starting later on. I will blog about five or six different ones. But first, lets learn a little about the place. : )
Morocco, about one-tenth larger than California, lies across the Strait of Gibraltar on the Mediterranean and looks out on the Atlantic from the northwest shoulder of Africa. Algeria is to the east and Mauritania to the south. On the Atlantic coast, there is a fertile plain. The Mediterranean coast is mountainous. The Atlas Mountains, running northeastward from the south to the Algerian frontier, average 11,000 ft (3,353 m) in elevation.
Constitutional monarchy ~ Meaning that the role the king is achored into it’s laws.
Morocco has been the home of the Berbers since the second millennium B.C. In A.D. 46, Morocco was annexed by Rome as part of the province of Mauritania until the Vandals overran this portion of the declining empire in the 5th century. The Arabs invaded circa 685, bringing Islam. The Berbers joined them in invading Spain in 711, but then they revolted against the Arabs, resenting their secondary status. In 1086, Berbers took control of large areas of Moorish Spain until they were expelled in the 13th century.
The land was rarely unified and was usually ruled by small tribal states. Conflicts between Berbers and Arabs were chronic. Portugal and Spain began invading Morocco, which helped to unify the land in defense. In 1660, Morocco came under the control of the Alawite dynasty. It is a sheriff dynasty—descended from the prophet Muhammad—and rules Morocco to this day.
The weather in Marrakech, like in the rest of Morocco, tends to be balmy and sun-soaked all year long—with a particular hot period from June to September when temperatures peak above 30-degrees-celsius. Although the majority of residents are either Arabic or Berber, Marrakesh is very multi lingual—from business people to shopkeepers—most will be able to pinpoint your nationality before you utter a single word.
Marrakech is broken up into two distinct areas—Old City (also called “Medina”), which houses the souks (or market area) and Modern City, which houses the commercial quarter (Guéliz) and residential area (l’Hivernage) of the city. Djemma El Fna, is the ancient square that lies at the heart of Marrakech, and acts as a gathering point for locals, street performers—such as dancers, musicians, and snake charmers—as well as street food vendors.
If shopping is your game then the city’s souk district should be your aim. Explore the winding network of souk traders selling traditional pottery, metalwork, leather goods, textiles, spices and various other wares.
Sweet mint tea is the national drink of Marrakech, while couscous, the traditional Berber dish of semolina (tiny granules of durum wheat) is the national dish—often served with fish, other meat, or veggies, in a broth-like sauce.
Please check in later on to learn more about this beautiful place. God Bless