Saturdays and Sailing Ships…..

One of my favourite places in Rabat has to be down on the promenade on the banks of the Bouregreg River, where you look up at the Kasbah des Oudaias.

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It’s the amazing walls of the Kasbah looming over the river…

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 the little boats ferrying people between Salé and Rabat for 1 Dh,

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 the children enjoying the sunshine with friends….

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 and just watching the world go by!

 Last Saturday we took the kids down there with some friends to have a look at the Belem, a three mast barque that was docked in Rabat for the week. The Belem is one of the oldest tall ships still sailing the seas. The Belem was constructed in 1896 and was originally a cargo ship transporting sugar, cocoa and coffee. She has had numerous owners, including the 2nd Duke of Westminster (1914) and Sir Arthur Guinness (1922) and a Venezian Count, Vittorio Cini (1951). In 1979 she was returned and is now used by the Foundation Belem as a training ship. I could only imagine that hundreds of years ago the ship may not have entered here with such ease, under the watchful eyes of the Kasbah Guards or the infamous Sallee Rovers, notorious pirates that used Salé as a haven for many, many years.

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It was pretty amazing for all of us to see and the kids absolutely loved clambering up and down and looking in all the nooks and crannies. 

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3 Responses to “Saturdays and Sailing Ships…..”

  1. on 23 May 2009 at 8:04 pm PinkPolkaDot

    I just love your blog!! I have battled to figure out howto leave a comment for you?! I hope I have finally figured it out now?!

  2. on 24 May 2009 at 8:32 am Admin

    PinkPolkaDot, you have!! Thanks for visiting! :)

  3. on 25 May 2009 at 8:30 pm browniegirl

    These pix are fantastic MT&T, my active imagination could go on and on with stories of the tall ships of long ago….my hubby & Ty would’ve loved to see these..they visit the Navy & harbour regularly. Have a wonderful holiday in Spain in case I dont get here again to wish you. Enjoy and return safely. Big hugs xxx

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