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Frustrated in Fez

July 3rd 2018
Fez was not one of my favorite cities. I spent most of my time there sweaty, hungry, lost, and frustrated. It says a lot about my personality that I much prefer cities like Tokyo and Singapore – clean, orderly, and no-nonsense. I full recognize that many of my issues with Fez came down to a lack of my usual research and poor planning on my part. As I mentioned in my previous post The Curmudgeon ... read more
Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes

Moroccan Flag In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, successive Moorish dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad AL-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurate... ... read more
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5th July 2018

Life can be the pits
but in Morocco...no chance! Sad though you missed out on ancient manuscripts because you may never get another chance. We visited the Museum of Ancient Manuscripts in Timbuktu and a year later Al-queda had trashed it. Sometimes the marvel is that they have survived. I can feel your pain Karen...so near but so far...a real opportunity lost.
5th July 2018

If you don't know your past....
Someone smarter than me once said "If you don't know your past, you don't know your future." It breaks my heart when I think of all the history that we have lost due to wars and authoritarian regimes that want ot wipe out cultural memory.

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