First, we flew to Casablanca [via NYC and Paris]. An OAT rep awaited us at the airport, and we were delivered to our hotel. As we had opted to add on the pre-trip extension, we remained in Casablanca to meet and have dinner that evening along with 10 tour members. The next day we departed early by bus for Chefchaouen. However, before leaving Casablanca, we visited the magnificent mosque built by King Hassan II [father of the current reigning monarch, Mohammed VI]. Completed in 1993, it is huge and boasts the tallest minaret in the world [210 m]. Despite the on and off drizzling, our spirits were not dampened, and the rain made for a nice reflecting surface.
The interior is awe-inspiring in all directions. The top two shots below were taken with a cell phone camera.
The area is so vast and the structure so large that the daily maintenance is problematic and costly; especially due to its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The shot below was actually taken at the very last day of the tour; but, I include it here to illustrate this point.