Trip Start Aug 06, 2008
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A few days later, I'm back in Rabat Agdal station, right where I left off… and today I’m pretty sure that I’ll finally finish exploring this city. So I’m going to take my time zigzagging about to make sure I don’t miss anything.
To start out with, I wander the Agdal neighbourhood itself for a bit more, strolling up and down the streets lined with trees and pleasant cafes. Feels like a very pleasant place to live… I continue on northeast, following Rabat’s pride… its brand new tramway, until I reach a white and blue castle like tower that catches my attention
I’m given a temporary pass, and I go inside to the sprawling complex that feels a lot like an American library with different rooms dedicated to different types of books and periodicals, and enclosed grassy areas where students study, enjoying the pleasant summer weather. It’s a refreshingly different environment that doesn’t feel like any other place I’ve visited here in Morocco.
I continue on down the road until I reach the outer wall. Here, within the wall itself is a mini-museum with some modern art on display… I continue on inside, past the walled in royal palace area, and on beyond the Medina Train station off to my right. Suddenly a sign catches my eye: "The National Archaeological Museum"… definitely something I should see before calling this city finished!
Museums, like libraries, are not Morocco’s forte—probably in part because people here just don’t seem all that interested in learning about their history. Here, like in Chellah, Volubilis, etc
The museum is small, but quite interesting. There are artefact from prehistoric times, from the Roman era, and the Islamic period. It’s expecially fun because I immediately recognize most of the places where these artifacts were discovered, and I can make a comparison between these traces of ancient history and what those towns and regions look like now.