We spent two days in Fes (or Fez). While there we toured the ancient medina and also had the "opportunity" to shop and spend money – lots of money – on various local wares. Not being big shoppers, Jim & I escaped with only a couple of djellabas, which we have actually enjoyed wearing from time to time over the years since. Were I to do it over again, I'd like to have gotten a tagine, although how I could have gotten it home is a question.
One notable and unexpected happening during our stay in Fes was a earthquake. Having lived in California for a time we were awaken by the tremblor, looked at each other, briefly speculated at the magnitude, and went back to sleep. Many of our group flew into the hotel corridors and stayed awake the rest of the night. Unfortunately the quake killed numerous people and devastated villages in the mountains of northern Morocco.
This is an overview of the ancient medina or old quarter of Fes, which is also on the World Heritage List. Some of these buildings date back hundreds of years, but as you can see they are festooned with satellite dishes and television antennae.
We visited a couple of these "town houses." Plain, shabby exteriors conceal fabulous gardens and structures with elaborate architectural detail. Unfortunately the Alhambra had overwhelmed me with fabulous gardens and elaborate detail.
I had hoped to find some North African tack for my Arabian horse, but I was unsuccessful. I had taken pictures of what I wanted, but was told that it was a Tunisian style. The Moroccan styles that I found did not suit me, so I came home empty-handed.
This youngster is painting, freehand, intricate designs on a single tile – he is just beginning the tile he is holding.
Men putting in the mosaic patterns
Some finished products.
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