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Jan 5, 2018 - Group travel

We are with Intrepid Travel for the first part of our trip. We have traveled with Intrepid several times. We like its emphasis on local leaders, small groups, and lower cost. We are the oldest in the group of 16 and the only Americans. Our fellow passengers are mainly Australian, along with New Zealanders, and British. It's only been three days, but we think we're with a good group. Unlike our group in South America, no one has shown up hung over or with mass quantities of beer first thing in the morning. So far. Intrepid's demographic...

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Second Time Around

Jun 18, 2017 - Fez, Morocco

June 18: Fez, Morocco Travel: Leaving Chefchouen we traveled 3 hours to reach Fez. Stopped along the way in Meknes and visited the Vilubilis Roman ruins. Accommodation: Riad Tahra Fez One of Morocco’s oldest Imperial cities, founded by Moulay Idriss I in 789 AC after Muslim Arabs swept across North Africa following the death of the prophet Mohammed in 838 AD. After 70 years of fighting, the Muslim Arabs conquered the Berbers of the Maghreb and set about founding cities, towns. This is the first capitol of Morocco and the most sacred Muslim...

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May 11, 2017 - Around Fez

Thursday 11th May 2017 around Fez This was a big day - five hours walking around crowded 'streets' in a Medina. 500 000 people are literally squashed isn't this so small space and have built houses onto of and so close to each other. First stop was one of the numerous gates that inhabit any city wall in Morocco. All lovely tiles but there is a sameness about them now. The 600 year old Koran school had an interesting history but we are not only overloaded with sensory stimulation but our brains are having a heavy information work out too. It...

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May 10, 2017 - Rabat to Fez

Wednesday 10th May 2017, Rabat to Fez Chris has a great fear that I will be late or even miss the bus. Not today so I am in the good books. Needless to say Chris is the only one who uses a seat belt - don't know whose good books she is in? Today we saw the postcard Morocco. Leaving our palace of a hotel we saw all sorts of Agriculture. Olives, wheat, sheep, cattle, goats, almonds, cork trees, bee hives, peaches and onions. The farm size ranged from a shepherd with 5 or 7 sheep to huge flocks and great big paddocks of wheat on rolling hills...

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Oct 26, 2016 - Fez

This a.m. we slep in til 7a and were on tour at 9a. First it was to an overlook to see the town from above. The 3 areas, the Medina, the Mellah, and the new town, showed up quite plainly. The Medina is large with 450.000 people and 9.000 streets in a walled city. The large cemetary could also be seen. It is beiges and of whites through to muted yellows. The Jewish Quarter is also walled but the houses have balconies open to the street. Colors are much the same. The modern town is French inspired with wide streets, blvds and fountains. Our...

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Nov 13, 2011 - Train trip to Fez

After breakfast in the hotel I checked out and a taxi took me the few blocks to the Gare de Voyageurs. I had a first class coupé - it is very inexpensive here. Next to my compartment was a group of "freedom fighters" from Libya. it was interesting to hear their stories - they hated Khadafi and one of them had video of the culvert where they pulled out the dictator. I met a Moroccan from Fez and of course his "friend" had a hotel where I could stay: It was located right in the Medina and was very cheap. My friend - Yousif - who speaks...

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Oct 26, 2010 - Fez, Oct. 24-26

We arrived at Fez after a long ride and checked into our riad, which was once the private home of a wealthy family. The restoration is best shown in photos attached hereto. It must have cost a fortune but the end result is a work of art. We found that the suite to which we were upgraded had no windows to the outside, which was disappointing until we spoke later with our city guide who explained that Muslim homes traditionally had no windows to the outside-only to an interior courtyard because this was how they "protected their women". Of...

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Oct 8, 2010 - last full day in Morocco

for our last full day we took the Medina option, which turned into a 10.30 to 5.00 o'clock day. I dont think we went to any area we had been to one the first day! But maybe by the end we had covered most of the 32 kms of streets! On the last day we had the morning before heading for the airport so we wandered the streets near the hotel. We passed sections of eating, car bits and pieces etc. By the tiem we got back we were again exhausted and hot, so we had more Moroccan tea, by now you might have realised were pretty hooked on this!! Then...

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Oct 7, 2010 - dining Moroccan style

During the day 'to Meknes and Volubilis, Mahomid our guide from the previous day phoned Azis who handed the phone over to Patricia. We were asked if we'd like a traditional Moroccan family meal. Even though very tired, there was no way we were going to turn this offer down. So at 8pm we were picked up and taken to Mahomids house'. We met Mahomid's wife and his 3 children.(12, 6 and 6months) The latter was kept awake to get him into a pattern of late to sleep and later to wake. The 'public' areas of the house were sumptuous. The large lounge...

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Oct 5, 2010 - fez day 1

After being ripped off getting from the fes airoirt tio the city..we were just about last out of airport and not a taxi in sight when a friendly man asked if we wanted a taxi and asked us to follow him we ended up at a car in the parking area with no taxi sign. he assured us he was a taxi, we got in only one door worked ... (how dumb were we?but looking around, his car was better than most. We did ask how much but somehow he managed to get around that by ushering us into the car and as he drove pointing out sights, talking lots in french...

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Sep 18, 2010 - Fes

We drove away from the hotel in the desert after a very hot night. Everything in the room was pale orange after the sandstorm. The first 9km were over 'washboard' gravel track but after that tarmac resumed. The navigator missed one turning being too busy photographing a donkey but other than that it was an uneventful day. The scenery, however, was spectacular as we drove through the Ziz gorges and then over the Haut and Moyen Atlas. The former was a text book example of sedimentary rocks violently folded where we crossed. The latter was...

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Rallye Med 2010

Jun 18, 2010 - Vestiges

Nous quittons Fès pour aller faire un détour du côté de Moulay Idriss Zrhoun, et pour se balader dans les vestiges romains de Volubilis, au pied de la ville sainte de Maulay Idriss. Volubilis a ete fondee en 25 avant J-C et a ete habite jusqu au XVIIIe s. Le tremblement de terre qui a detruit Lisbone a aussi rasé cette ville du Nord de l Afrique!!! Les romains avaient l'eau courante, l'eau chaude l'air climatisee et le chauffage dans leurs maisons. Nous faisons un passage à Meknès puis Azrou avant de mettre le cap plein sud vers le...

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