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In the kidnap van on the way to dinner.

We actually arrived in Meknes Friday evening. After a quick freshening up at the hotel we were packed into the "kidnap" van and taken to a lovely terraced restaurant in the medina. There we were served by the crazy and amusing Salim, who took a liking to Carolyn's eyes, hence calling her Fatima; and my name, which he pronounced Angel...ahh.

On this day,  we grabbed some cabs and were literally whisked around Meknes, taking in the palace, palace stables, a medieval prison, the medina quarter, finishing in the big square for lunch.  With a purchase of a carpet by yours truely as well.  Our guide was a cute little guy, I believe named Omar, whose amused us all with his, "finish click, click. We go."  After lunch we bid adieu to Omar, and met our new driver Jamal (more on HIM later) and the van that would be our wheels for the next eight days or so.

Team Erin at Volubilis.
 

Our next destination today was Fes, with a brief stop to visit Volubilis, Roman ruins from the 3rd century BC. What I found interesting was the size of the ruins.  There apparently is much more that has yet to be uncovered.  Here we also learned that even then, men, were very vain and proud of their "appendages."  Why do I mention this, you ask?  Because one of the ruins was obviously a "house of ill repute" with the centerpiece being a stone phallus. Some things never change. 

It was then back into the van and off to Fes, our first two night stay in one hotel!  Yeah!!! 

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In the kidnap van on the way to di…
In the kidnap van on the way to d…
Team Erin at Volubilis.
Team Erin at Volubilis.
Our high class mercedes cab!
Our high class mercedes cab!
Mosque.
Mosque.
Dressed for Ramadan.
Dressed for Ramadan.
Dinner at Meknes.
Dinner at Meknes.
Fatima and Angel..ah with our cr…
"Fatima and Angel..ah" with our c…
Room where students sleep.
Room where students sleep.
Cat entering the Koranic school.
Cat entering the Koranic school.
Koranic school courtyard.
Koranic school courtyard.
Musing in the palace stables.
Musing in the palace stables.
Inside the palace stables.
Inside the palace stables.
Smile!
Smile!
Preparing for prayer.
Preparing for prayer.
Statue of water carrier.
Statue of water carrier.
Old meets new.
Old meets new.
Metalsmith
Metalsmith
My purchases.  All to ward off the…
My purchases. All to ward off th…
Wesley in prison.
Wesley in prison.
Yep, I bought a carpet.
Yep, I bought a carpet.
Carolyn using the vomitorium.
Carolyn "using" the vomitorium.
Volubilis.  Roman Ruins
Volubilis. Roman Ruins
Volubilis.
Volubilis.
Mosaic at ruins.
Mosaic at ruins.
Group shot with our Volubilis guid…
Group shot with our Volubilis gui…
Imperial palace based on the palac…
Imperial palace based on the pala…
Mara with ancient Roman road behin…
Mara with ancient Roman road behi…
Meknes
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