Volubilis, Morocco, September 30, 2007

Trip Start Sep 19, 2007
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Trip End Jan 05, 2008


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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco and was once one of the westernmost outposts of the Roman Empire.  The ruins are located on a broad plain, now surrounded by olive groves and not far from the shrine town of Moulay Idriss.  The site is best known for its very impressive floor mosaics which once decorated the homes of wealthy Roman families are now open to the elements as the buildings around them crumbled.   
Although I am a big fan of ancient ruins like those at Volubilis, I found my visit to be somewhat disappointing, despite the beautiful weather and quality of the site.  I made the mistake of accompanying the group with the guide Dragoman got for the visit, a man who spoke English quite well but seemed to be in a hurry and in a grumpy mood, perhaps because he couldn't have anything to drink on the warm day because it was Ramadan.  Meanwhile, the twelve of us were all wandering around and ruining each others perfect Roman ruins photo shots.  I find the best way to visit a site like Volubilis is alone and armed with a good written guide with photos since I suspect I'm much more of a visual than audial learner; no matter how hard I concentrate on a guide's explanations the information goes in one ear and directly out the other.  Thus, I can't provide much detail on the subjects of my photos at Volubilis.
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