Ancient city of Meknes

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What's left of an old palace in Meknes.

The day was very eventful and long today....very enjoyable though.

Imaginative traveller says: Meknes is the perfect place to get lost in a traditional souq (market) where you'll find activity at every turn from local saw-millers to tentmakers sewing up sacks and colourful canvas; men selling finely ground salt direct from the source; flea markets heaving with everything you could ever need; woodworkers carving elaborate tables; metalworkers creating a din as well as carefully crafted wrought iron products; coppersmiths constructing huge urns big enough to cook enormous feasts; the musical instrument souq, packed full of tam-tams, cymbals and lutes, and carts laden with pomegranates, prickly pears, apples, peaches, melons and chickpeas – in fact you name it, you can find it here! However Meknes doesn’t lack cultural sites.

The markets at full force.
Founded by the most ruthless sultan in Moroccan history, you can visit the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail and his impressive granary, featuring huge vaulted storerooms; the Dar Jamai Museum, with an impressive collection of Moroccan crafts and the Bou Inania Medersa.  It is so true.  I bought some dried apricots for the journey to the Sahara desert tomorrow.

Next we went on our little bus along the winding bumpy road to the ancient Roman ruins in Voulubis.  A surprising sight, Volubilis is Rome’s most far-flung base, in the midst of Morocco’s hills and valleys. Set in a picturesque valley, Volubilis once supplied 60% of Rome’s wheat and olives.  It was so HOT and there was ZERO shade.  Thank goodness for head scarves and sunscreen.

We took our little bus back to Fes and went out to a little tiny soup kitchen for supper and mint tea.  It was so cheap...less than a dollar and better than the expensive places we went to.  Tomorrow we are off on a 10 hour drive to the Sahara desert so no internet for me for the next few days...just camels and berber tents!  Giddee up!

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Whats left of an old palace in Me…
What's left of an old palace in M…
The markets at full force.
The markets at full force.
A man selling stuff at the market.
A man selling stuff at the market.
Overlooking the ancient city of Vo…
Overlooking the ancient city of V…
Voulubis.
Voulubis.
The ancient Roman ruins next to Vo…
The ancient Roman ruins next to V…
So hot....over 40 degrees.
So hot....over 40 degrees.
A couple of storks made their home…
A couple of storks made their hom…
Meknes
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