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2 Oct 2007

Fes El-Bali (Old Fes)
Thanks to the surrounding cemeteries and the enlightened siting of the ville nouvelle, nothing has been built immediately outside the walls of the Fes el-Bali. Within lies an incredible maze of twisting alleys, blind turns and hidden souqs. Navigation can be confsing and getting lost at some stage is a certaintly, but this is part of the medina's charm: you never quite know what discovery lies around the next corner.
Giving yourself up to a little random exploration, the true character of Fes reveals itself. Look out for hanging camels' heads announcing a specialist butcher, and women filling bottles from the local fountains. Following your nose will lead you to children carrying trays of loaves to be baked in the local bakery, or a cafe selling glasses of spiced Berber coffee. All the while listen out for the mule driver's cry 'balak!' (look out!) to warn of the approach of a heavily laden pack animal.
Hotel Errabie Fes the next morning, out to get a petite taxi to
Hotel Errabie Fes the next morning, out to get a petite taxi to
Bab Bou Jeloud, it's the main entrance to the old city
Bab Bou Jeloud, it's the main entrance to the old city
breakfast at  LaPalma, juice, crepe, coffee or tea, cressent  for 20 Dh
breakfast at LaPalma, juice, crepe, coffee or tea, cressent for 20 Dh
now for a walk thru the 'mazing medina'
now for a walk thru the 'mazing medina'
meat market
meat market
chickens for sale
chickens for sale
kitten trying to stay out of the way so he doesn't get stepped on
kitten trying to stay out of the way so he doesn't get stepped on
jewerly
jewerly
bottle of all kinds of things
bottle of all kinds of things
sewing
sewing
chairs
chairs
baskets
baskets
laterns
laterns
rugs
rugs
plates, dishes
plates, dishes
mint
mint
stacks of raw leather
stacks of raw leather
very narrow lanes, will have to turn side ways to walk down them
very narrow lanes, will have to turn side ways to walk down them
fish market
fish market
eggs
eggs
went into a school and helped teach the ABC's
went into a school and helped teach the ABC's
painting on a wall at an art gallery
painting on a wall at an art gallery
back to the room, changed and to a local Hammam (no pics of course)
back to the room, changed and to a local Hammam (no pics of course)
meal, soup meat desert,  60 Dh
meal, soup meat desert, 60 Dh
Restaurant Chamonix
Restaurant Chamonix
after eating, walked around, found a small carnival going on
after eating, walked around, found a small carnival going on
time to ride the bumper cars
time to ride the bumper cars
stopped for a cup of tea on the way back to the hotel
stopped for a cup of tea on the way back to the hotel