Trip Start Aug 06, 2008
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But the entrance to Sale at least is getting a makeover: A fancy marina is being built on the Sale side of the river, so the first thing you notice are the yachts docked near the bridge, give a deceptive image of luxury to the city.
I head down towards the coast, passed a somber funeral procession… all men, dressed in white.
Sale does have a long, rugged coastline that's pretty cool
The marketplace in the old medina is pretty interesting too. It strikes me that the alleys in the Rabat and Sale medinas are straight--unlike the twisty alleys I'm used to... The market includes a large, glittering jewelry section...
Having looped back to the main gate, I head back northeast once again, this time determined to reach the absolute edge of the city. I reach the northeast wall, when I find an exit, head back to the main road where I opt to follow the tramway tracks northeast, assuming that they will take me to the more interesting neighborhoods.
Many of the neighborhoods aren’t particularly memorable, except for one extremely compact neighbourhood with every alley packed with locals, buys, sellers—not quite as forboding and ghettoish as the Rabat clifftop neighborhoods—as these blocks are all flat and laid out in neat, tiny little rectangles, but still, not a very comfortable way to live
And then, just like that, the Greater Rabat Metropolis comes to an end. Well, not quite, as there’ still a kilometre or so of planned neighborhoods with streets and laid out lots but only a few houses so far. I figure I can hike a bit farther up to the last house… then cut across the lots and find an alternative street back in towards town.
It’s been a rather uneventful tour of Sale… but a satisfying feeling of having reached the end of a long journey…
…Or maybe not… there are still a couple more towns up the road…