Fes-cinating

Fez (Fes) is a truly intimidating and intriguing city all rolled into one.  We haven’t mentioned this before – but, do not travel through Morocco without a guide.  Our guide is named Ahmed Mha and he is brilliant, patient and kind and there’s no way we’d be having the experience that we’re having without him and our driver, Joel.  Please let us know if you want their contact information.

Back to the intimidating part.  Fes is a city of thousands of alleys.  An alley might include vendors, residences, a school, a masque, a riad (small hotel) or any number of businesses.  Every alley looks just like the next to a naïve American (like all of us on this trip).  You can get lost (and possibly mugged – very real issue) without the right guide.

Thankfully, Ahmed and Joel made sure we were safe and that we saw the best of everything.  A city filled with a very grand palace and lots of incredible artisans and craftsman.  The truly fascinating part was seeing how magnificent mosaics, stunning silk scarves, luxurious leather goods and beautiful brass are all created here in Fes.

The brass doors of the King's Fes palace.  There is a palace in every major city,  Look at the detail of the doors in the background image behind this post.

The brass doors of the King's Fes palace.  There is a palace in every major city,  Look at the detail of the doors in the background image behind this post.

Ahmed teaching John how to read Arabic.

Ahmed teaching John how to read Arabic.

A potter creating another beautiful piece.

A potter creating another beautiful piece.

A weaver showing how much work goes into each and every handmade product.

A weaver showing how much work goes into each and every handmade product.

Annie and Michael wearing said product.  Yes, we did some serious shopping today.

Annie and Michael wearing said product.  Yes, we did some serious shopping today.

This was the most jaw dropping moment of the day.  This is the leather making process - from stripping to dying.  Still done just as it has been for hundreds of years.

This was the most jaw dropping moment of the day.  This is the leather making process - from stripping to dying.  Still done just as it has been for hundreds of years.

Annie wanted to know how many breaks a day this guy got and how many years they can do this job.  The answer: an average of 7.

Annie wanted to know how many breaks a day this guy got and how many years they can do this job.  The answer: an average of 7.

We haven't mentioned much about the food yet either - our mistake.  It's a trip highlight.  This is just the average appetizer course.  All vegetables.  All amazingly delicious.  We had dinner last night at Le Maison Bleu - one of the top restaurants in Fes.  $35.00 each - wow, healthy and budget-friendly.

We haven't mentioned much about the food yet either - our mistake.  It's a trip highlight.  This is just the average appetizer course.  All vegetables.  All amazingly delicious.  We had dinner last night at Le Maison Bleu - one of the top restaurants in Fes.  $35.00 each - wow, healthy and budget-friendly.