Photographs from 2.2, Fez
The Tannery in Fez
We also enjoyed our fun room in the old section of Fez in the mix of the twisting and turning alleyways that characterize this medieval city navigated by donkeys, people, and carts of various configurations.
And because a certified--one can tell from the djebbela (a hooded gown) and Aladin-like shoes--guide led us, the merchants and the
did not hound us as much as they they did in Marrakech.
Well, making a living in the Medina is not easy, and I rather enjoyed my name, Ali Baba.
The tour took us to the famous tannery, where the folks there greet
In addition, though we did not buy much, looking at the various souks in the separate sections--from dresses to olives--of the marketplace is more than a little fun. We did not, however, try camel meat this time around.
Once our guide figured out that we did not want to buy things in the various souks in all the small towns, he took us to other places, including a lake and the forests, were we got to see a variety of birds and wonderful Moroccan Monkeys.
I enjoyed in particular the Cedar Forest. The lack of tourists in this beautiful national park added to the excitement. Moroccan families walked through the park and enjoyed picnics and, of course, feeding the quite tame monkeys.
Many like to have these animals climb on their shoulders. We contented ourselves with watching them. The monkeys are quite famous in fact. The monkeys everyone hears about a Mount Gibraltar came from Morocco at the behest of Winston Churchill, an interesting bit of history.
I must look up the towns we visited, including one very European one that features hundreds of storks and one of the king's palaces.
We ended the tour with a simple and delightful outdoor meal.
The next day, we traveled from Fez to where we stayed last year, in Kabila, near Tetouan.