On the edge of the Moroccan capital of Rabat stands the walled city of Chellah. One of the first signs of human occupation in Morocco, it was started by the Phoenicians in the 3rd Century BC. and developed further by the Romans around 40AD. They changed its name to Sala Colonia.
chellah-morocco27Although Chellah is now two kms inland, dominating the fertile plain of the Bou Regreg River, it was originally on the Adriatic coast. Sala or similar names usually had something to do with salt.
Medieval Moorish additions were built from the 12th Century, including the surrounding walls and the lovely Oriental gateway. It was finally abandoned during the 16th Century.
In 1755 there was a terrible earthquake in Lisbon that caused devastation in many other countries, and Chellah was badly damaged.
Now the site is occupied again, by the wildlife.
Storks perch in their wobbly nests on top of the high buildings, clacking their beaks together. The noise echoes around the ruins. They pause to peer down at us, then the clacking starts again.
An old lady walks briskly along the path, calling ‘Mimimimimi!’ in a high voice.
Suddenly, cats of every shape, size and colour appear from all directions, dashing towards her. She tips out food for them, smacking one forceful feline on the bottom and telling it off. Two tiny kittens hold back nervously, then hunger takes over and they sidle shyly chellah-morocco16towards the group and join in the feast.
At the end of the path is the ancient Moors’ bath. A man sells smelly boiled eggs which ladies who can’t conceive peel and throw in the water. If the eels eat it, the women are supposed to become fertile.
The eels and eggs’ fertility symbolism is pretty obvious.
Further on are the Roman baths and drainage system, and a Moorish fountain.
We stepped on the original mosaic floors, which worried me a bit.
Everywhere, vivid blooming shrubs and plants grow amongst the ancient ruins. The whole site had a feeling of peace in the hot Moroccan sunshine, with flowers, fish, fur and feathered friends all thriving in perfect equilibrium and harmony.
Even with the noticeable signs of the terrible earthquake it’s still a magnificent, impressive site. And the views over the walls are spectacular.

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.