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Jan 7, 2018 - Rain and snow and other slippery stuff

Fes the city is not to be confused with fez the hat made famous by the Ottomans. Fes sprawls among hills and gullies. The new town is a mere 500 years old, give or take 100. Old Fes features the Medina, an incredibly sprawling and complex old inner city going back 1000+ years featuring shops of all types and the famous open air tannery. The tannery, of course, is surrounded by dozens of shops selling quality leather at quality prices. Our local guide was born and raised in the Medina, and told us its 3,700+ alleyways mean he occasionally...

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Second Time Around

Oct 17, 2017 - Oct. 17, Tuesday: Fes

Tuesday Oct. 17 Fes We learned the correct spelling of FES today. When you see it spelled “FEZ”, then it is in the Spanish language. We had a nice breakfast in our hotel, Riad El Yacout. Then we boarded the bus at 10:00 am and headed for the Villa Nouvelle. This area was settled by the French and feels very French. First we saw the Royal Palace in Fes, called Dar el-Makzen. The gate is composed of seven gates coated in brass. The King stays here sometimes when he is in Fes. No one can go in at this time, but maybe in the future. The streets...

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Oct 16, 2017 - Monday October 16: Fes

Monday Oct. 16 Fez Fes is the cultural and historical capital of Morroco. Fes is very old. It was founded in 789. 1.2 million people live here. The medina is 1200 years old and is the largest in the world. We left the Hotel Riad Le Ksar de Fes around 8:30am to get to the Mount Zalagh panorama view of the Fes. There are 3 -4 parts: The old city called Medina; the Jewish section called Medulla ; and the Ville Nouvelle (1912 French)….We saw the highlights, then jumped back to the bus for our tour of the Medina. First we visited the Art Naji...

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Oct 9, 2017 - Fes

It was nice to know that we're starting at the same hotel for 2 nights and not have to worry about getting up and packing. Even so, we still had a 6:30am wake up call with the bus leaving at 8 for our tours. On our way out, we went by the American Fondouck, the only American equine hospital operating in Morocco. It was founded in 1927 at the behest of Amy Bend Bishop, an American traveler who was distressed by the poor conditions of the many working animals in Fez Medina. At the time, there were 40,000 pack animals living in and around...

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May 7, 2017 - Fes & Azrou

Friday 5th Away south towards Fes, fairly long drive with coffee stop then lunch stop at huge garage with bbq cafe and gardens with peacocks. Fresh orange juice. Lamb Kafta from their bbq (which brought Barb and myself food poisoning next day). The road today is still narrow and winding but with frequent long straight stretches, sadly the bumpiest we've ever been on. When we arrived at Camp Belvue, Volubilous, our pillows were hanging onto the end of the bed, Roy's bookshelf was in the bed, as were the contents of my sewing box, and my...

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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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