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Fes, the ancient holy city of Islam

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In the old medina on the way to the restaurant.

Today, we woke up early to visit the Hasaan II mosque in Casablanca.  We first had to hail a taxi and he navigated us through the craziness of the streets.  It is intense here....there are cars and people and often donkeys all over the road in every direction...I feel as though Ive arrived on a different planet.  The mosque is very beautiful.  It is enormous and it the only mosque in Morocco that nonMuslims are allowed to enter.  The entire mosque is enormous and rests partly on the ocean.  There is intricate tiling and marble and carved cedar wood everywhere.  It is quite a site.  Unfortunately, pictures dont quite do it justice.  It is interesting to learn so much about the Islamic faith here.

A cat (bugging Michael here) kept coming to our dinner table.

Everyone here speaks French and Arabic and often a combination of both.  It is nice because I am getting to practise my French here.  It is nice to have an understanding of the language.

After the mosque, we caught a train to the ancient holy Islamic city of Fes.  It took about 4 and a half hours but went by fairly quickly as it was airconditioned and  I was visiting quite a bit with the people on my tour.  Everyone is super nice! 

After arriving in Fes, we dropped off our stuff at the hotel which is quite nice and headed off for an hour long walk to the old Medina to get some supper.  The city is split into different sections.  We are staying in the Nouvelle ville which is the new French built area of Fes with wide streets and lots of cars.

Overlooking the city with 9000 alleyways....looks deceivingly calm.
  The modern city built by the French in the 20th century has tree-lined avenues packed with cafés, fresh juice shops, patisseries and restaurants.  The old medina is about an hours walk away.  It feels like stepping back in time hundreds of years in the old medina!  The streets are very narrow.  There are about 350 thousand people, 800 mosques, and 9400 little twisting streets all enclosed by a giant wall with only 5 entrance exits.  Imaginative traveller explains it perfectly...

Wandering through the local souqs is like taking a step back into the Middle Ages, as the locals go about their work the same way they would have done 1200 years ago. The clanging of the copper smiths, the powerful ‘aroma’ of the tanneries, bundles of colourful yarn hanging in the dyers souq, children carrying trays of bread balanced neatly on their heads and the cries of ‘balak, balak!’ or ‘attention’ which send you scrambling to hug the walls, well out of the way of heavily laden mules.

We walked to a fantastice little restaurant perched overtop the medina and has some local cuisine.  Yum...I heart couscous!  A little kitten kept coming around to visit...it was a nice day.  I just cant believe how different it is here! 

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