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Published: September 30th 2019
Happy Anniversary to us.
Sleep in till quite late because we can and because Lee is recovering from a bout of tummy upsetness which is not a word but something all travellers know about. It was a concern a few days back when it would have been tough to travel and we had 6 hours on the train but now at least it’s sort of OK and should not stop us having an small anniversary dinner tonight (that’s a small dinner not small anniversary) nor travelling tomorrow. We have the trip back to Kénitra, the change of trains and back to Tangiers.
Whilst we walked up to the Blue Gate today our riad flowered our room, left little notes wishing us the best and placed a gift on our bed. It’s a lovely small ceramic container which is a striking orange colour and one we should be able to take home with us. Flowering our room isn’t a bad thing either! Petals sprinkled among the towels, over the bed and on the table were a lovely surprise for us.
The Blue Gate is beautiful in that Islamic way, with ornate mosaic work in that tessellated pattern we have
become accustomed to. It’s less than 2 km from our riad so the walk through the souks takes time but it’s always fascinating, interesting and evocative. We are navigating surprisingly well and even giving directions to other tourists as long as they speak English. We were even confident enough to take an alternate route home and to go via the woodwork area that had been highlighted on our map. Additionally we found our juice man again, although we could have found any number of others, so an orange juice and a lemon or citrus was on the agenda again. In that ad how manner that strikes every now and then we managed to spend a bit whilst meandering through the souks. Lee paid a little too much for a silver sphere that’s worn as a pendant, and I about the right price for a new silver chain. You know it’s about right as we walked away and only came back by chance when looking for something else. We’ve found that about 40% of the initial asking price is pretty close to what will eventually be accepted. Both of us are pleased with our purchases so really that’s what counts as
the quality remains long after the price is forgotten. We also managed to get a couple of souvenir T-shirts, not that that is tough to do!
Its mint tea o’clock here at the riad so I’ll see if Lee is awake and wants to join in.
Yes she did, we did and all done. Mohammad, who speaks less English than anyone here, does tea at 4:30 each day. He also does porterage, front door and manages to pop up here and there when least expected although I’m certain it was not him that flowered our room.
I went to the leather market just for a look! I think I’m the only tourist in history to get in, take photos and get out without spending a cent! The old merge with the English speaking tour group trick proved a winner and added another win to my bag of tricks here. I even managed to find a restaurant that we dined at last time and quite liked. We don’t have time to visit though as we are lashing out and dining in house tonight. I’ve preordered a
pigeon pastilla which is a traditional dish here that Fes specialises in. After visiting the leather markets here and realising how important the pigeon poo is I know why I have to pre order! Lee will manage something small but it should be pretty good.
Must go as a little shopping calls before evening meal time.
Enjoy our anniversary.
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