For classic-film fans, Casablanca evokes swirling images of romance and intrigue — Humphrey Bogart- and Ingrid Bergman-style. Yet almost 75 years later, Morocco's largest city is a lively and inviting metropolis, the country’s financial center, and a cultural hot spot replete with art galleries and fashion boutiques. This former French protectorate still retains a bit of its European accent — with a Galeries Lafayette department store, patisseries selling macarons, and blocks of elegant Mauresque architecture — and although Islamic tradition is important here, modern convenience has its place. Zip across town on the spiffy tram, sip fresh mint tea at a café, and stroll the promenade along a sweeping beach while passing women wearing a body-covering burka, hijab (headscarf) and niqab (face veil), and others dressed in jeans, business suits, and sundresses. Casablanca is a tapestry woven of many different threads.