DESTINATION: MOROCCO a desert oasis
While the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast of America may be slightly chilly, the warm waters of the North Atlantic Sea which Rabat, the capital of Morocco is located on, is one reason why invaders followed by merchants settled here. Explore the history of the sea pirates from the middle ages and explore the Hassan Tower, part of the Royal residence! Rabat is filled with endless old town markets or "souqs," so be sure to wear comfortable shoes - you won't be able to stop shopping! When you can't walk any further, rest your weary legs and relax in a hammam, an authentic steam bath house. Then, try something delicious at one of Rabat's many local restaurants.
As a sign of wealth and power, local leaders and families built mud and red brick kasbahs - not only to protect from invaders - but also as a place for traders to visit. The Kasbah of the Udayas, in the capital of Rabat, was built in the 12th Century and typifies the beautiful architectural style of Morocco. The doorways, arches, and colorful glass windows are an incredible throwback to a time when Bedouins on camels roamed the deserts of the Sahara.