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Published: October 17th 2011
It was hotter than it looks!
Well this is only our second full day here but it seems like more as we have done so much. Today we had our early morning call at 5:00 am when the Imans call the faithful to prayer, we then left Rabat at 9:00am for the journey to Meknes, one of the imperial cites of Morocco. Our package included the guide for a walking tour around the city and visits to the old fortification and grain stores. The tour of the local market is all that you can imagine, from spices and olives to pastries covered with bees and rabbits and chickens being sold whole (and alive) or jointed if you wish, we didn’t question the extent of the service, but unlike the fish market in Casablanca, it wasn’t smelly.
We then moved on to Voloubilis, an ancient Roman city that was founded in around 2 BC and was destroyed by the Lisbon earth quake in 1765 (the date may not be exact). Despite the ruined state of the city, there are some amazing original mosaics that are remarkably well-preserved.
We are now in Fez where we are stopping for two nights. We are ending the day in our hotel, the
Riad Mabrouka, which is situated right on the edge of the medina. As the sun went down we listened to the call to evening prayer echo around us, a very haunting and atmospheric sound, which is accompanied here by the swallows coming home to roost. The hotel cat is currently gracing us with his presence as night finally falls.
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