Ancient city of Meknes
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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.
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!