Of all the things I saw in Chicago, this was probably the most spectacular of them. If you only have an hour to spend in Chicago, spend it here.
My full journal for this trip from 2018 is at Daveno Travels. Here some additional highlights. I fear I’m becoming notorious for taking more notes and photos than a single blog can hold…
I’ve been waiting the entire trip to see the Qarawiyyin Library. Established originally as a mosque by Fatima Al-Fihre in 859, it houses 4,000 rare books and manuscripts, and is the oldest working library in the world.
The hotel is a stark contrast to the riad in Rabat and the boutique hotel in Chefchaouen. My room overlooks a swimming pool. For the first time since arriving, I am wishful for my suitcase.
“See what is outside of Istanbul for a couple of days. Cappadocia perhaps. Or Ephesus.” He offers to find a tour that I can afford and make those arrangements. I chose instead, the ancient Ottoman capitol of Bursa.