the blue city in the mountains
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Friday morning breakfast in Fes...more bread and jam!!! At least the coffee and orange juice is always good.
Travelled to the ancient roman ruins of Volibilis near Meknes. Was good weather for following Mustafa around the site and hearing his tour info blurb.It would be very hot in summer and pretty uncomfortable as not much shadeed area anywhere. Volibilis used to be a VERY important Roman city for the olive oil production...appparently they supplied huge amounts to Rome. I'm pretty sure a lot of the site has been rebuilt as it was devasted by huge earthquake in late 1700's...and you can see a lot of the modern brickwork but nonetheless a lovely place to visit...and a good picture of an ancient roman city is built up as you walk around through the "factories, shops and villas".
Stopped for a nice view of city of Moulay Ifriss ..Tourists not encouraged here...or even allowed?!?
I slept a lot on the bus today so missed some of the scenery. As we got closer to the Rif mountains there was heaps of farms and agriculture, heaps of cactus along the roadside...Used as fences I think. Lunch consisted of a pasta, moroccan salad,cous-cous,and chicken. (not very impressed by the cous-cous)Desert was the local speciality of priclky pear fruit (cleaned of spikes of course!) and honeydew melon. A very nice change to Tagine!!!
Impressed by Chefchaouen.
Saturday 27th Morning in Cheffie
One of the best variety breakfasts of our trip so far.
6 of us "flamin' sheilas" followed "the good bloke" Mustafa ( can you believe we taught Mustafa to say "Flamin' Shielas"!!!! I mean I NEVER say it in Australia!!! but it bacame a cute little catch cry during our trip...as was "Yalla, Yalla" (Moroccan for Hurry up...or Lets get going!?!) - on a guided walk through the old town. This was a wonderful relaxing experience as we meandered around the quiet streets and alleys between 9 and 10. with delightful photo opportunities at every corner. Gnarled ancient olive trees, blue, blue. blue walls, steps and buildings and cemetary, trickling brook, communal washing areas, cobbled narrow alleys, pussycats basking in gorgeous blue doorways,.
Left Cheffie after a relaxed lunch in the sqare of chicken sandwich and chips....and some purchases!?! I bought 2 stone minarets for 100 MAD and 1 stone camel for 30 MAD ( about $20 AUD all up). Heavier but less breakable and they did fit in my baggage which was filling up at an alarming rate.