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A very old imperial city and the cultural centre of morocco ( apparently). The tour began with a stress filled walking tour though the Fes Medina. The medina is huge - bounded by 16km of walls. It contains over 9000 tiny streets in a huge maze complete with shops, mosques, houses and schools all within the walls. Rachid (our guide) insisted that we would be able to navigate around on our own but we weren't convinced. We stood out like sore thumbs 4 asians, 6 anglos and our moroccan tour guide dressed in the traditional gear,  attracting plenty of attention from the locals. It was clear here that sc would be rivavalled by our korean friends to take the most photos. 

As we walked the streets we would here crys of 'attention!' as 'berber taxis' ( a donkey laden with gear) also tried to find a path through the narrow streets.

the royal palace in fes
The berbers are are traditional people of north africa ( since neolithic times) who have taken on Islam and mixed with arabs in morocco althought the majority still remain away from the big citys.

Next stop a traditional ceramic factory (using the local grey clay - apparently lead free unlike terracotta?) which created fantastic mosaic furniture. It was definitely eye opening - it takes one week to create a 1m x 1m table - the mind imagines just how long it would take to create all the mosaic in the Hassan Mosue - no wonder they needed 10,000 craftsman.

It was here we were introduced to local cuisine - Tagines, a marinated meat stew dish cooked in a teracotta cone shaped dish and - brochettes - kebabs cooked on huge metal skewers. Note to self : brush up on french before next Moroccan holiday. Everything is in french or arabic!

cosmo says:
glad ya didn't get nearly mugged and chased through the steets like me when i was there a few years ago... those friendly locals really change their mood when you don't buy anything from their 'relatives'!
Posted on: Feb 01, 2007
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the royal palace in fes
the royal palace in fes
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view out over the fes medina from…
panoramic view of fes
panoramic view of fes
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brochettes.. very dangerous.
brochettes.. very dangerous.
couscous served in the tagine
couscous served in the tagine
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Can you believed they have dyed t…
very old religious area in the med…
very old religious area in the me…
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berber taxi (aka donkey carrying w…
berber taxi (aka donkey carrying …
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the tannery at the fes medina.. h…
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