|Address:||Rabat 10030, Morocco. Kasbah of the Udayas is 6 miles (10 km) west of Rabat-Salé Airport. There is a bus shuttle from the airport to Rabat, which costs about U.S. $2. Scheduled departures correspond with flight arrivals/departures.|
I took these pictures in the Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat, Morocco’s capital city. In Arabic, the word “kasbah” (القصبة) has several meanings, but I think in this case it refers to a walled city, with many narrow and maze-like streets.
People are generally friendly in this village. One lady asked me to enter her house so I could have a great view of the river. I was not sure what it was, but I really fell in love with this place. Maybe it was just the total simplicity, the serenity too, and of course the austere beauty.
I am sure I wasn’t born with an artistic gene, but no one can stop me from saying I love Moroccan art!
Here is a picture that shows narrow and maze-like streets. The blue and white colors reminded me of Mykonos and Santorini in Greece. That Greeks use white and blue makes sense because these are the colors of their flag. But that reasoning doesn’t apply to Morocco. Well, I don’t know the real reason(s), but we do know that white reflects sunlight; painting the houses white is a practical way of keeping them cool. But why blue? Perhaps because blue is cheap and readily available. A blue tinted cleaning agent used for washing clothes may also have been to color the houses blue.