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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
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t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112490.aFiPA2G9.jpg breakfast at  LaPalma, juice, crepe, coffee or tea, cressent  for 20 Dh
breakfast at LaPalma, juice, crepe, coffee or tea, cressent for 20 Dh
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112492.aGvZ5PX1.jpg now for a walk thru the 'mazing medina'
now for a walk thru the 'mazing medina'
meat market
meat market
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112495.YOzY73T1.jpg chickens for sale
chickens for sale
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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
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jewerly
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t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112511.zeNVzaPn.jpg bottle of all kinds of things
bottle of all kinds of things
sewing
sewing
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112514.UdBBRTf7.jpg chairs
chairs
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112516.OEsJI0J6.jpg baskets
baskets
laterns
laterns
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112520.R1Qn4FEI.jpg rugs
rugs
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112522.gBXOk4b1.jpg plates, dishes
plates, dishes
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112524.DbaI0GPn.jpg mint
mint
stacks of raw leather
stacks of raw leather
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very narrow lanes, will have to turn side ways to walk down them
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t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112532.Wkj7lPys.jpg fish market
fish market
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112534.5Qn4IPcm.jpg eggs
eggs
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went into a school and helped teach the ABC's
went into a school and helped teach the ABC's
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112538.rQAs41rx.jpg painting on a wall at an art gallery
painting on a wall at an art gallery
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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
t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112554.ur8OPNxl.jpg t6%2f28%2f45828%2f4%2f87112555.3ptYfUzq.jpg 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