Monday, February 28, 2011

Fez Morocco

Hi everyone,  ready for more travel log?  I wanted to share some of my pictures from Morocco.  It was an experience like no other.  Before our trip Janet had hired a tour guide to take us to Fez, Morocco one of the four imperial cities. Our destination was to the Old Walled City. We had a few snafus finding the guide when the Cruise ship docked in Casablanca.  We were only a tad worried when one of the taxi drivers pleaded with us not to leave the immediate area of the ship to find our tour guide because it would not be safe for us.   (I believe him now). We didn't spend any time in Casablanca which is actually a very modern city.  We headed straight to Fez just a quick 3 hours down the road, through the rain that came out of nowhere when we were well on our way, and didn't have proper rain gear with us. 

This is one of the first things we saw when we arrived in the city.  All these men out in the grassy areas exercising.  It was strange.  Also no women to be seen.

Jungmee and I enjoying the rain and getting ready to see the sites!

Interesting and beautiful architecture.

The entrance to the old city.  It would be so easy to get lost in here and never find your way out.
An old vendor. Selling lemons, limes and other spices.
Eggs for sale.  No cars can get into the old city because it is small alley ways.  People use these carts and donkeys and horses to bring supplies in.  Pedestrians must give right of way to them.
Inside the courtyard of the mosque.  We had to wait for their prayers to finish before entering.  You can see some of the people in the covered area who had just finished prayer.  They wash their feet in the pool of water and then they also put some of the water in their mouth.  When it is time for prayer music is played on loud speakers all over the city.  You can hear it everywhere.

Here is the whole gang in the Mosque.
Marian, Angie, Florence, Janet, Me, Lori, Jungmee, Karen
This is our tour guide in his traditional clothing.  Many people wore these.  They have a white dress shirt and this covering that looks like a bathrobe.  The hat is pointed and the hemline is just high enough that it doesn't get wet or muddy, then they wear dress socks and dress shoes.
Some of the shops....

We went to use a women's bathroom in a restaurant.  The bathroom for women was on the top of the building.  We had to go on the roof to get to it.  This was the view from the roof.  I guess they are all getting some TV time.
These are pictures from the leather district.
The smell here was absolutely unbelievable and not in a good way.  This are the tubs that the leather is processed and dyed in.

These are some of the leather shoes that they make.  The one thing I regret not purchasing.
These are large metal tubs from the metal district.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

wow, i don't know what to say. some of the pictures are soo pretty and some are sooo different. looks like you had a great time.