Red Quartz from Tinejdad, Morocco
Located on the westernmost tip of northern Africa, Morocco is an exotic and endlessly fascinating country. Casablanca on the coast is one of Africa's biggest cities. Here stands the Hassan II Mosque, the world's largest mosque with one of the world's largest minarets. Fez is one of the most ancient cities in the country. Built in the eighth century, Fez is famous for Karaouine University, which is older than even England's Oxford University. The old part of the city retains the magical, bustling atmosphere of an ancient era, and it is a huge maze of winding streets and covered bazaars. The medina - or market - in Fez is one of the largest in the world, and it is listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. You can purchase a carpet or ornate metalwork. Marrakech is called the "Pink City" for the color of the earth used in its construction. It is also a city of labyrinthine alleys. It is also home to many palaces, markets, museums and mosques here. Djemaa el-Fna is the city center and it comes alive after nightfall with street performers: magicians, dancers, musicians and snake charmers. If ever in Morocco be sure to sample the national drink: mint tea made with green tea, fresh mint and sugar. Dine on delicious tangine, a rich and fragrant stew, as well as traditional couscous, kebabs and almond pastries.