Travelling west towards Casablanca the countryside is green & hilly with rock outcrops that remind me of Derbyshire, except for the vines & olive trees. There are lush river valleys & white hilltop villages; shepherds & cattle grazing & plenty of donkeys work in the fields.
Sprawlling estates of modest highrises surround Casablanca, strangely all signage & tickets refer to it as Casa Voyagiers? Change trains, stop for lunch & board the Marrakech Express on-route from Tangier at 14.50. Travelling south, flat farmland gives way to steep barron hills & the prickly pear cactus becomes the dominant vegetation. There are oasis' of orange & olive groves where prickly pear is planted as protective hedging & then we pass through a range of high hills before entering Marrakech at 18.05.