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Fes - Ancient Imperial city of Maroc... Unforgettable for many reasons...
What a great day of differing scenery and amazing sights. From Midelt we drove through the Middle Atlas mountains - Oak and Cedar forests, farmland, Berber shepherds with their herds of sheep and goats, all green due to recent rains.It was sad to see so many of the giant cedars dead or dying due to disease. A real problem in this area.
Stopped at a pass where a local Berber family sit waiting for the tourists to stop and rush down the mountain-side with their lambs and donkeys and smiles before asking for money. It is their living, and I had no problem with paying for the great photos. I also gave one of the girls a bead braclet and another some lip salve-the Berber women seem to really want that!.
We also stopped in a forest area full of Barbary Apes...cute as......until I got a bit close to one which bared its teeth and jumped on my leg...WHAT a FRIGHT I got...All I could think was that I would get rabies!!! But was assured that one would know if the ape was rabid!!! and the fact that it didn't bite or even scratch me through my pant leg...thank goodness. I was a bit more wary after that.
Stopped for about 10 minutes in Ifrane which had lovely gardens, a big lion sculpture and the look and feel of a European town...
Meknes...stopped at the main square (at the best gate in Morocco) and I had time to check out the nice compact museum whilst the others wandered about through the square and medina.
Finally arrived at our really nice hotel.
November 25th - Day in Fes
Ordinary breakfast...have I mentioned the Moroccan breakfasts? Usually an egg, bread, jam, good juice, pancakes, pastries, roti bread. or variations of... got pretty boring after 2 weeks.
Visit to a ceramic factory. Interesting.tour ....an overflowing over priced set priced shop. Made no purchases.
Mustafa guided us through medina...many alleyways and fascinating souks. I noticed our Kumuka guide had a guide of his own. Unless you live there the medina is an untraversible maze!
After lunch in the medina of chicken sandwich and coke Sue and I spent a few hours exploring the new city.
Had spagetti for dinner at the hotel restaurant.