Blogs from Meknes, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco, Africa


Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes April 5th 2019

Little and lasting is better than much and passing ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling south from Volubilis to Meknes. After wandering the windblown ruins of Volubilis in the late morning, we jumped into a taxi and headed to the imperial city of Meknes. We’d passed through the city the day before on our way to Moulay Idriss, but our experience had been limited to the train station. We only had a few hours to explore the city this afternoon before continuing on to Fes, so we were hoping the weather would hold out. The dark rain clouds that had been threatening at Volubilis were becoming more and more ominous… It was raining by the time we arrived. We dropped our packs in the storage room of a local hotel, jumped back into ... read more
the waterman
heri es-souani complex - granary
heri es-souani complex - granary

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes March 11th 2019

Meknes, Alto Atlas, Morocco January 2019 “When you do something, if you fix your mind on the activity with some confidence, the quality of your state of mind is the activity itself. When you are concentrated on the quality of your being, you are prepared for the activity.” Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind Beginner's Mind “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” Michelangelo “Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.” Salvador Dali “Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.” Albert Schweitzer Meknes (33.89352 -5.54727) is located in northern central Morocco close to Fez and is one of the four Imperial cities of the country. It was established as a military site by the Almoravids in the 11th cent... read more
Master furniture maker
Tile artisan at work
Wood carver at work

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes February 11th 2019

Enough of relaxation, it’s time to move on. Today’s highlight is Volubilis, the remains of a Roman city just outside Meknes. It started life as a Berber town, expanded and developed when the Romans, under Claudius in 43AD, annexed the province of Mauretania Tingatana and made Volubilis its capital. The Romans left in around 286AD but the town continued to be occupied long after the Romans left. A lot was destroyed in the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755, and it fell into disrepair when it was abandoned, but the French excavated and restored some of it and it’s now a Unesco World Heritage site. Once again, we haul our luggage through the alleys of the medina to where Hassan is waiting on the road for us. It’s very misty again, and remains so for all but ... read more
The Capitol at Volubilis
Volubilis Capitol and Basilica
Bath in Volubilis villa

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes September 11th 2018

Travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer- Anonymous Greetings from our riad in Meknes, as I sip my gin and tonic, waiting to meet the group shortly for dinner. Last night we met our fellow travellers and trip leader Abdul, who we all love. We are: eight from Australia (John and Barb from Sydney, Greg and Wendy from Queensland, Matthew and Nicole from Sydney, Jeff and Kathy from Brisbane - originally from Canada), two Americans (Linda and Annie - sisters from Chicago), and Susan and I. We had the usual meeting then walked to Les Fleurs restaurant for dinner. There were tourists there (including the Intrepid tour group that leaves Casablanca the same time as us), but there were lots of locals there too. I had a really tasty couscous with ... read more
Lori at the Hassan II Mosque
Lori and Susan
Close up of some of the exterior Mosque decoration

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes May 5th 2018

Heute war wieder Zu-Fuß-Tourist angesagt. Die Altstadt ist gleich nebenan. Wieder stellte ich fest, dass die Medina ein undurchdringliches Gewirr von Gassen ist und man manchmal nicht mehr heraus findet... Es war ärgerlich, weil alle Sachen, die ich besichtigen wollte, wegen Bauarbeiten geschlossen waren. Aber dafür sah ich Teile der Stadt, die sonst nur wenige Touristen sehen. In Marokko herrscht offiziell Gleichberechtigung der Frau. Gesetzlich. Schafe hüten ist reine Männersache, nur im Süden sah ich zweimal Frauen bei den Herden. Das waren garantiert Witwen, die einfach kein Mannsbild für diese anstrengende Arbeit auftreiben konnten. Die Männer liegen dann auf der Wiese und schauen meditativ in die Ferne. Oder es stehen drei Männer zusammen und hinter ihnen fressen fünf Schafe. Dass dies ein Knochenjob Ist, liegt auf der Hand. Und es ist rührend, dass die Frauen sich ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes November 14th 2016

Today we took a short train ride to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The train system is surprisingly good. Like Casablanca, Rabat is also not high on the must do tourist route, despite its long and colourful history. Rabat has been a Roman Empire outpost, a pirate haven and now a clean modern city home to the parliament. We spend a few hours strolling through the city's old walled quarter, and then walked up to Kasbah des Oudaias, The Kasbah is a quaint area with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed houses, distinctive blue doors and commanding views over the Atlantic Ocean. We then walked to the Hassan Tower, the minaret of a vast incomplete mosque due to construction stopping on the death of the Sultan in 1199. Alongside is a modern white marble mausoleum where ... read more
Typical Kasbah house
Narrow Kasbah Street

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes May 23rd 2016

Our decision to visit Morocco was made late. This trip is about Ireland and Greece, with a side trip to the UK to chase down a few long dead relatives and some very much alive friends. But we did need to spend at least 24 days out of the Shengen area so that we didn't overstay our 90 days in 180 visa waiver allowance – again. Where to spend that time? Why not some of it in Morocco? Morocco – and the rest of the Arab world – has always been on our agenda. I started to learn some Arabic in preparation some years ago, but that intention slipped away as the workload establishing our new home increased. Travelling through Morocco without Arabic as independent travellers – researching the country to work out which places would ... read more
Waiting for work in Moulay Idriss Zerhoun
Clock tower, Medina ,Casablanca
Juice shop display, Casablanca

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes October 18th 2015

Ranajky sa konali az od 9/00, tak vylihovanie v posteli. Vcera sa moj marocky spoluspac siel modlit, roztiahol si na zem uterak a siel navec, nechal som mu sukromie, a siel do spolocenskej miestnosti. Na ranajkach sa nas zislo asi 10 ludi. Pri stole som mal nemecky a rakusky par, bavili sa len nemecky. Co som rozumel tak jedna partia bola na vykopavkach vo Volubilis. Neaky projekt zo skoly. Uplny soplaci, zistene ,ze vsade som najstarsi. Ranajky ok ale nic extra. Po 10/00 upalujem na zel.stanicu. Vonku riadne teplo, po vcerajsom dazdi ani slychu. Rychlokrokom s 3 foto zastavkami to davam za 35.min, cakal som,ze to spravim rychlejsie. Na listky rada jak hovado a mne to ide za 6.min. Nastastie tu bolo 6 pokladni tak vlak stiham. Jeden clovek predbehol cely rad ludi, co bol umiestneny ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes May 19th 2015

The journey from Rabat to Meknes is a short one, only some 150 km, but it is a large distance culturally and architecturally. Rabat is a large, mostly modern city. There is a fairly small medina, but most of the city is more modern Other than the redoubt of the Udayas, there is relatively little of great historical significance as far as extant structures are concerned.. Meknes, on the other hand, is much more rich with historical structures, and is frankly, to me at least, a much more vibrant city for the visitor. Our visit began with a visit to the Royal Granaries and Stables, established by Moulay Ismail (Ismail ibn Sharif). By all accounts, this man who ruled Morocco during the years 1672-1727 was a man who lived large. Known as the "Warrior King", he ... read more
Morocco 2015 0294 Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail Meknes Morocco 051915
Morocco 2015 0311 El Hedim Square Meknes Morocco 051915
Morocco 2015 0319 El Hedim Square Meknes Morocco 051915

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