After a debriefing Friday morning, we had lunch at the hotel. Then, one last excursion to a cultural site, a final shopping spree in the medina across the street, and a great farewell dinner.
In Rabat are the remains of the Romans. Chellah is the oldest modern human settlement on the Bou Regreg river, from pre-Islamic times, inhabited by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians. The property is adorned with gardens now. This is one of those places where good photos are easy to capture.
We buy a few last items at the souk in the medina, then are treated to a great final dinner there. I've come to realize that outward appearances of most of the city, while perhaps plain and unassuming, speaks nothing of what's beyond these unremarkable walls. Each time I step over a threshold, I'm amazed at the interiors. This restaurant is no exception. We're the first ones there, and are ushered up two flights of marble spiral stairs to the rooftop to enjoy the view of the city, the view of the restaurant (when the glass roof was moved away for us to view down), good conversation, and a glass of orange juice or a ginger drink with almonds. Then we descended to the first floor for a great meal.
At 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, we're loaded on the bus and head to the airport to get back to Paris. A few of us are leaving CDG for Detroit, while most of us head back to Dulles in DC. After a 5 hr. layover, I finally get back to Charlotte near midnight.