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March 11th 2015
Published: March 11th 2015
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On the way to FesOn the way to FesOn the way to Fes

Great farming area.
Tonight is our second night in this fantastic Riad, an old (and I mean old in centuries) house that up till 1989 had 31 members of the same family housed here. As the children left to have their own homes, the last 8 relatives decided to turn it into a "Riad" a guest house, small hotel or most like a bed and breakfast. It is huge and and incredibly beautiful. The biggest change was to add a bathroom for every bedroom. I have lots of photos of the intricate handiwork, the mosaics, the carved ivory, etc.

Today we went inside the Fes palace walls but not the doors. The king isn't here. When he is there are lots of flags and more guards. Then we went to the old medina. The biggest medina in Morocco, I think. It's all foot traffic, and some donkeys, very narrow streets, sometimes slippery. its all twists and turns. We had an additional guide, Mohammad. He knows the place and the people. He also helped me negotiate. The crafts we saw being made were primarily pottery mosaics and leather. Both places were heritage sites. Then we went to a big fabric/tailor shop and tried on
Roadside standRoadside standRoadside stand

Baskets, carob beans, jojoba beans. What are they? I bought a baby het.
caftans and jolubas (sp?). Of course I bought one!

In the morning we leave Fez and drive to the Sahara.

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Our guide's familyOur guide's family
Our guide's family

The children aren't in the photo, but here is our guide's mother, sister, and wife. Beautiful women.
The RiadThe Riad
The Riad

Here are the owners of the Riad Bleu, Fez' color is blue.
Workers at RiadWorkers at Riad
Workers at Riad

These two women prepared our meals--lots of very good food.
Some of the artworkSome of the artwork
Some of the artwork

Wrought iron, carved ivory in the background
My bedroomMy bedroom
My bedroom

Mosaic floor, carved ceiling Ing, beautiful built in wardrobe.
Antique gunsAntique guns
Antique guns

The dining room decorations.

Pastry filled with chicken and veges.

12th March 2015

Have a safe trip and beware the glib salesmen of the souk.......have a wonderful time, Susie.
12th March 2015
Our guide

How exciting it must be! Such beautiful work and craftsmanship on everyday items and housing. l,g
14th March 2015

Morocco! The Sahara! What else have you got up your sleeves! Have a fabulous time. Its fun to read of your adventure and think of you living life so fully.
15th March 2015

Mom the pictures are great. Especially that pastry dinner! That looks delicious!!

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