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Fes, Morocco

Into the madness!

sunny 80 °F

Fes really made us cherish our stay in Chefchaouen. While Fes was an amazing place to visit, it was more than taxing on our patience. As we walked through the 6 foot wide streets of the medina we were constantly surrounded by people grabbing our arms to pull us into their shops, yelling broken French phrases our way and trying to direct us a different way than we were walking, and to top it off, at every turn we were at risk of being run over by a donkey cart! We stayed within walking distance of the Old Medina, so we could have as much time to find our way back home in what really should be renamed as the Old Labyrinth.

Fes is known for its medina, old mosque, and its many handy crafts including leather tanneries. The old walled medina is the largest non-car area in the world and has something like 2,000 streets with 150,000 people living inside it.

On Fridays the restaurants serve couscous, so we ventured into the new city, and were surprised to find wide streets and sidewalks! Although a more modern feel, we still had our issues playing the matching game with the Arabic street names.

With a bit of “sensory overload” from the bustling of the medina we decided to head into the desert in search for some peace and quiet.

Posted by Robin-and-Kevin 12:25 Archived in Morocco

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