The Big Adventure 2005 travel blog

skins being taken to the Tanneries in Fes

Donkeys in the medina

The tanneries of Fes

Shane in the Medina in Fes

Dave Dobbyn purchases a carpet while doing a travel doco


Got up with the roosters and taxiied out to the railway station for an 0800train which turned out to be a 0940 train, and railed down to Fes. The landscape is relatively flat, mostly plouighed fields, with the exception of olive trees and citrus groves- the orange juice here is great. Lots of people riding donkeys. A guy on the train recommended a plmace to stay so a taxi ride on arival brought us to the entrance to the Medina and our rooms for the next few days. As it was almost 24 hrs since we had last eaten we settled in for the full 70 dhs meal- first Hariri soup, then fantastic tajines of lamb and beef, plus chicken kebabs and finishing with choipped fresh apple soaked in, of all things, lemonade and sprinkled with cinnamon. There I go again- raving about food!

Wed 26 Oct- my birthday (Merilynn).! We spent several hours being guided through the Medina- it is 15 kms with 10000 allayways and you can easily get lost. We visited the famous Fes tanneries where Shane bought two leather stools, and we chose shoes- wait until you see Brians! Yellow pointed slip ons- all the rage with Moroccan men....

The thru narrow lanes and passages to various mosaues, madrassahs, and the first university in the world (?), past dressmakers, boys making thtread, men weaving material on old looms, antique shopos where I bought a necklace, and of course another b...y carpet shop. This is the one mentioned in the LP- situated in an old Riad and beautifully decorated in mosaices with the walls covered in tourist tempting carpets; kilims and so on- no we did not buy!

One path we went down we found a family of ten living in a really nareeow entrance in pitch dark squalkid conditions- incredible. Donkeys and horses share the tight allayways with heavy loads- one donkey snatched a mouthful of herbs from a man walking by. A FULL ON IN YOUR FACE DAY.



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