Four Continents 2012

Fes: 1-2 October

  The Medina (Old Town) of Fes is said to be the largest pedestrian-only area in the world. Looking from the roof of our hotel, we could well believe that. †
 
  The cemetery, with its mosque, is just outside the Medina walls. *
  The view at night. †
  In the morning, we met our guide, who took us first to the Jardin Jnan Sbil. *
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  Then through the gate into the Medina. *
  We visited the Medressa Ben Youssef, which was a mosque but is now a centre for Islamic study. †
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  Then we walked through the narrow streets of the Medina, looking at the hundreds of shops. *
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  These double doors are common. A relative knocks on the small door, and it is acceptable for a woman to open the door. A stranger will knock on the large door, and a man should answer. *
  Entrance to a mosque, with a fountain for washing before prayer. *
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  Lynn looked through a doorway at this little school room, and was invited in to meet the children. *
  The Medina is a World Heritage area, so it has to be prevented from falling down. *
  We were taken to the leather works, a large area full of vats. *
  Working here is a family trade. *
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  Tanned and dyed skins laid out to dry. *
  View of the Medina from the tannery. *
  The square of the metal workers. *
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  You can even buy a throne for the bride and groom at a wedding. (And Lynn did ask before taking the photo.) *
  The only form of transport in the Medina, apart from small carts pulled by people. *

The next morning, we had an early start for the long drive to Marrakesh.

 

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