Fes is a large city (one million inhabitants) with one of the larger Medinas in the country. A visitor doesn't stand a chance of finding their way around the hundreds of narrow twisting streets or the thousands of small shops of the souks. We hired a guide. Fes is known for several different crafts, pottery, leather goods, wood working, rug making, and weaving.

Ifrane Doors, windows, links
Unfortunately we were only able to spend a few hours in Fes, and it was an overcast, rainy day. One of the gates to the Medina. There are many of them and it took our car caravan a while to arrive at the correct one to meet our guide. Locals kept giving us directions that called for us to drive THROUGH the medina. Since Medinas are designed to draw you into ever-narrowing streets, we were careful not to end up inside it with our cars. The brown robe this man is wearing is called a jellaba, which is a very common traditional piece of clothing in Morocco. This is a carpentry section of the Medina.
Sandy, Matt, Heidi, Bob, Karen, and Andrew listen intently to the tour guide. Behind Bob, Nabil is checking out some merchandise. The Nejjarine Fountain. We visited an old school in the medina that was being restored. The walls were very ornate
A spacious area in the souks. A leather tannery. There are workers standing in some of the vats. Its a large crowded city. And it probably looks better when its not such a grey day.
A weaver. We bought some lovely scarves from this place. Running for shelter in the rain... note how narrow this street is. Horses and donkeys were used as pack animals even in the tight congested areas of the Medina where the streets were much narrower than this.
The white porcelain item is a turkish toilet, which is the most common kind of toilet in Morocco. Painting tiles at the pottery factory Mosaics and table tops, ready for sale.
We purchased some plates and bowls at this pottery factory. They had a large showroom and even took America cash! (we had run out of Dirham) That was an exception, not the rule. More goods for sale at the pottery factory Arabic, French, and English on the menu at McDonalds in Meknes. You know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Morocco? a Royal with Cheese. Traditional Moroccan meals were wonderful, but certainly not quick. At the end of this very long day, MickyD's really hit the spot.

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