This is the oldest university in the world
Fes is a historic city, known to the west for the hat, but is also a modern city with a stunning historic past and an amazing medieval period. I figured for now to let the pictures do the talking for me.
One of the best things about going to fes is getting there. Don’t fly, it’ll be expensive and you’ll miss a beautiful ride through the atlas mountains. The single best thing about the bus ride is that you will pass a lot of Sheppards along the way, who will wave. The bus driver is required to through pieces of bread at dogs on the side of the roads, which I found to be one of the most amusing sites I have ever seen.!
Fes has a few things of note about it:
The first is that it has one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world.
view of fes
most of my pictures were of this. Outside of the historic city fes is a bustling metropolis, and its great that the goverment and people of morocco are doing a great job preserving it. Also Fes used to have the highest concentration of jews in morocco until the creation of Israel, and the monarch / French government helped prevent deportation by those nasty nazis during world war 2. There is a notable jewish section in town, which now has like 80 jewish people left, but still cool!
Historically morocco produced leather, which uses blood and urine as ingredients. Its a putrid smell and when you're in leather production areas people will give you mint to keep you sane. The streets of fes are sloped so that all liquid collected from the streets travels down little channels on the sides of the roads to collect for leather produces. Watch your step! One thing that will freak people out is that there are livestock producers on the streets, and they behead animals right in front of you.
another view of fes
Fes is also the home to many masques, the worlds oldest university (well tied with one in spain at least), and I recommend a visit. The university is still in use and you can take classes to become experts in the Koran. Probably should be fluent in Arabic to do this : ) Do get a tour of the old city because it is a maze, will amaze, and there’s lots of hidden things that require keys. The downside is that they might take you to people to buy stuff, depending on how professional they are. Also if your unescorted people will start yelling at you to try to get your business as tour guides, so you might want to just get one to chase the others off!
The one drawback to Fes is that it is located in a valley, which collects in smog and the temperatures get hot hot hot! Be sure to visit one of new Fes’s many ice cream shops and you will receive a pleasant treat.
Also the leather production is a foul process, and might be offsetting to some tourists. If you visit fes in the month of july there is a sacred music festival which is a great time to listen to some traditional Moroccan music, and when I visited they were playing on the side of the streets and a lot of concerts are free.
shannon wih a goat
Just a quick update. I just met a few people from Fes and there are several shows worth seeing in new Fes (the non old city!). Also you can apprantly go on tours of realestate for sale in fes.... very cool!
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