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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.
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!