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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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Shirley's 2013 Trip

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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Shirley's 2013 Trip

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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Oct 5, 2011 - Fes, Morocco

October 5 We still had a free morning in Chefchaouen where we enjoyed a lovely outdoor cafe breakfast (surrounded by cats of course). We wandered around a bit more, visited the Kasbah and got ready to leave by noon. We were supposed to take a public bus to Fes, but decided to pay extra for an upgrade and take a private van for the 4-hour drive. The first hour was a very windy ride through mountainous roads with crazy drivers. It's a good thing none of us got car sick. We stopped for a nice, quick lunch and continued on where the roads...

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Aug 31, 2011 - Fes

Today we are in Fes having a rest day so that is going to be relaxing in the pool and having a siesta. On Monday we travelled 5 hrs in the train to get to Meknes and then went for a tour of the old city with its 3 lots of city walls and then went to a french morcocan restaurant for dinner. Yesterday we travelled to Fes the old town is fascinating as thou u are transported back into the dark ages and so many people it was pretty full on. We visited a pottery place that made tiles; tagines etc and tannery which was all very back in the middle...

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Jun 24, 2011 - Fazed in Fes

Pickpocket: I beg of you Monsieur, be on guard, watch yourself, this place is full of vultures, vultures everywhere. Everywhere. When I arrive at the station, have a mint tea pick-me-up and check my emails, then head to platorm 6 where the train, in the orange and cream of the Moroccan national railway, the ONCF, is waiting. Morocco has one of the few decent railway networks in Africa, in fact possibly THE only decent network, and the trains are in excellent condition, air-conditioned and split into compartments like the British trains of...

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Travels of a Kinnie

Jun 17, 2011 - Six Weeks in Fes: Days 1-3

Getting to Fes was quite difficult. After a seven hour plane trip from Chicago to London, and another three hour flight from London to Casablanca, I was supposed to meet up with three other students from AHA. Unfortunately, I was unable to make the One o'clock train we had planned to take, and had to go on the two o'clock train instead by myself. After somehow managing my way through the Casablanca airport, I made it on to the train, but not after having my bag seized by a porter, whom I ended up accidentally tipping twice as much as I was...

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Fez 2011

Apr 6, 2011 - Thermal Baths and Massages

A free day. Some of the tour elect to visit some Roman ruins. Four of us decide to visit the Thermal Baths. An hours drive from Fes – Great cropping land quite flat before steep hills appear halfway through the drive – all cropped and hardly a tree to be seen. Some erosion. Olive trees are used as a boundary to the large paddocks. We see our first centre pivot irrigator. The thermal baths not what we expected. We thought they would be natural springs in the ground however is a resort type set up. We opt for the cheapest option: Sauna,...

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Apr 5, 2011 - A day in Fes

We catch the early train to Fes. Our younger members worse for wear. When the bar in our hotel closed last night one of the staff directed them to a nondescript door in the hotel foyer. Once unlocked and open they entered a nightclub holding some 200 plus people. No one had any idea it existed – a very Alice in wonderland experience was how they described it. The room full of men and hookers. Obviously no ‘good’ Muslim woman would be present at 1am in the morning. The price for a girl was 200 dh. (about AUD20). The price for a bottle of...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Épilogue

Après une longue attente, il est finalement temps de monter en voiture. Après un faux départ (nous étions partis à trois, Mélanie, un monsieur et moi car les autres passagers ne se pointaient pas le bout du nez), il a fallu faire demi tour pour venir cherche le dernier couple de Montréal ayant manqué la correspondance qui ont fini par arriver à l’Hébergement. Une fois tout le monde à bord de la voiture de Royal Air Maroc (mini-fourgonnette) nos compagnons d’infortune nous souhaite gaiment : « Bienvenue au Maroc ! » Ce sont des canadiens...

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