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Dec 6, 2016 - Fes, magical medina, camel anyone?

We have enjoyed our stay in Fes. The city has a different vibe to it, even the medina that is more organized , less squalor. You can see from the Landscape and Mellah pic the difference in the weather from Am to PM! Quite the site to see so many donkeys being used for transportation inside the Medina- sad life as they are treated as beasts of burden and nothing more. The food market was an eye opener as camel head shows- lots of other strange edibles like meat preserved in fat - it looks like yogurt with hunks of meat in it. Fascinating to...

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Dec 5, 2016 - Meknes , Volubilis, Fes

Today was a challenging day. First I had Moroccan Revenge during the night so not much sleep - then it was pouring rain, most of the day and I felt crappy( excuse the pun)! Interesting sights in Meknes, the granary especially where the king built an enormous structure that housed 15,000 horses. Volubilis was exceptional- small break in weather while we walked around the 42 hectares. On to Fes that looks neat but with rain and my unsettled stomach we hung in the Riad. Just finished a Hammam(bath) and massage. Off to explore biggest and best...

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Oct 17, 2016 - Casablanca to Fes

17 October: Last night we enjoyed a traditional Moroccan dinner with entertainment by a magician, a belly dancer and four drummers. We spent this morning in the Medina in Fes, an incredible maze of narrow cobbled streets with shops on either side, selling everything imaginable, Our guide supplied us with radio receivers and ear-pieces to explain what we were seeing as well as to warn us of donkey "do does"! After lunch we visited Bhilal to see an example of a house carved into the side of a hill and then a ceramics and pottery training...

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Sep 16, 2016 - First upscale Moroccan meal

Here at the Riad there is a fine dining establishment called L'Ambre. We decided to give it a try. An interesting experience, to say the least. I have posted a few pictures of our various courses. Accompanying the meal was a Moroccan white wine-an addition from the French occupation, along with coffee. It is the first meal we had with wine, thus adding a considerable amount to the tab! Our other meals were 150-200 Moroccan Dirham (MD) (15-20 USD) and this meal was 1500. Given the average Moroccan earns about 4,000 MD a month ($400) it is...

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Nov 25, 2014 - Fes imperial town visit

Very difficuly to find a place to manage my journal but I am still continuing to visit towns from my list.People which know me a little bit will understand now I am expecting more landscapes and natural sites. It is coming soon.Now I am driving to the antlantic coast before to get south, full south direction along the atlantique.Begining of my trip was more on mediterane side.

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Oct 6, 2014 - Visite de Fès

Nous avons profité de la journée pour visiter Fès, une ville reconnue mondialement (patrimoine de l'Unesco) pour sa médina (vieux quartier fortifié) qui date de l'époque médiévale (14e siècle). La médina de Fès est non seulement reconnue comme la ville médiévale la plus authentique du monde arabe, elle est aussi immense, alors que 200 000 personnes y habitent. Notre visite s'est effectuée en 2 temps, d'abord avec Nasser, un guide semi-officiel qui nous a transporté avec sa voiture aux divers sites principaux situés sur le pourtour de la...

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Oct 5, 2014 - Départ en train pour Fès

Lever tôt ce matin pour se rendre à la gare de Marrakech. Petit déjeuner avec crêpes, omelettes, toasts, confitures et BANANES...on est au ciel... Après 5 minutes de taxi, nous voici à la gare. Il faut dire que ce matin, il y a peu de marocains autour car ils ont fêté une grosse partie de la soirée et s'apprêtent à se lever et faire le sacrifice du mouton vers 9h30, après le Roi. Le départ en train se passe bien, il y a peu de gens à bord et nous nous installons pour une promenade de 7h30 vers Fès en passant par Casablanca et Meknès. Les...

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May 31, 2013 - Fes - Thermal Springs

Today was an official day off so we could choose an optional activity if we wanted. It’s their holy day & only 20% of the shops in the Medina are open so that’s a waste of time. Some people went to a cooking class & 5 of us went to the thermal springs which are about 20 km outside Fes. It was quite an experience. We took our swimsuits so changed then were given big hooded terry-cloth robes & plastic shoes. Our first stop was an individual spa bath for each of us, then about 15 minutes in a relaxation room on very comfortable couches. Then...

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

May 30, 2013 - Fes

Today we had a full-day tour of Fes with a local guide. We went to several points of interest including the University al-Karaouine which was founded by a woman, Fatima al-Fihri in 859 & which made Fes one of the leading spiritual and educational centres of the Muslim world. It is sometimes described as the oldest university in the world, although some authorities dispute that the term can be properly applied to institutions outside the European model. We also went to the famous tanneries where many of the shops have balconies overlooking...

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May 29, 2013 - Chefchaouen to Fes

I did go to dinner last night & the meal itself wasn’t that great but we had it on the roof terrace of the restaurant overlooking the town which was worth the effort, especially at dusk when the lights came on. I learned yesterday that if you get up early you have a hot shower & if you get up late it’s cold so I hopped in the shower as soon as I woke up but skipped breakfast & just had a couple of glasses of fresh orange juice. We had a simple day. We spent most of it driving from Chefchaouen to Fes with a stop halfway where we were turned...

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May 28, 2013 - Oh Morrocco!!

First of all three apologies: 1) no photos (yet). We have taken some, but do not have the capacity in the current accommodation to translate them to the blog. Maybe later. 2) the observations are based on flimsy evidence. 3) this may be long and clunky (please bear with me) Tavel is about experience. A key experience for mine is the people, be it cultural, political, historical, gastronomic, religious, social ceherance, intellectual... You get the picture. My observations are based on: A) ten nights in Morrocco B) Moroccan tv C) four cities...

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Nov 9, 2011 - Fab Fes

Another sunny day and another warm (enough) shower! Lots of blessings. Breakfast was eaten at an outdoor coffee shop in the sunshine. The laundromat was still closed so we need to wait a few more more days to do our laundry! Oh well, we still have clean socks and clean underwear! At 9 am we were in the bus on our way to the Medina. Our local tourguide for the day was Hakima. She told us that she has done this job for 12 years now and in the beginning it was difficult to get the jobs as a woman. Women's role in Moroccan society is changing...

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