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Fez - the City & the Pottery

After our morning visit to the souks of Fez, we were led to a beautifully ornate restaurant. As with so many places in Morocco, this is almost hidden away - and thus its fabulous elegance comes as a surprise after we'd made our way through the dusty streets. From here, we were taken to see one of the best known potteries of Fez, a place I personally found most interesting. Having the opportunity here to at last buy a genuine souvenir of Morocco was most satisfying. A chance to admire the beautiful gates to the Royal Palace, and a walk through the market of the old Jewish quarter rounded out our visit to the ancient city of Fez.

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We have lunch in this fine restaurant
We have lunch in this fine restaurant
The splendid interior was impressive
The splendid interior was impressive
The beautiful ceiling distracted me from my meal
The beautiful ceiling distracted me from my meal
The detailed hand painted design was so colourful
The detailed hand painted design was so colourful
A closer look at the detail on the ceiling
A closer look at the detail on the ceiling
Our meal was satisfying, if not exquisite
Our meal was satisfying, if not exquisite
We appreciated the fresh fruit made available
We appreciated the fresh fruit made available
Views over the city of Fez as we moved on to the pottery
Views over the city of Fez as we moved on to the pottery
See all the satellite dishes on the rooftops!
See all the satellite dishes on the rooftops!
Fez is the oldest of Morocco's imperial cities
Fez is the oldest of Morocco's imperial cities
Old city walls run for some 8 miles around the city
Old city walls run for some 8 miles around the city
Fez city walls seem to be in excellent shape
Fez city walls seem to be in excellent shape
We've come to visit this famous pottery of Fez
We've come to visit this famous pottery of Fez
From this very raw material fine pottery is made
From this very raw material fine pottery is made
Sifting the pottery clay is one of the first steps
Sifting the pottery clay is one of the first steps
When they say hand-made, they mean it!
When they say hand-made, they mean it!
Here, leather-hard pots are prepared for the kiln
Here, leather-hard pots are prepared for the kiln
From the clay emerges a large and handsome pot
From the clay emerges a large and handsome pot
This potter has made a tagine while we watched
This potter has made a tagine while we watched
Bisque fired pottery will move on next to glazing
Bisque fired pottery will move on next to glazing
Every single item is well and truly hand made
Every single item is well and truly hand made
Fascinating to watch the free hand decorating
Fascinating to watch the free hand decorating
Beautiful, traditional patterns ready for firing
Beautiful, traditional patterns ready for firing
A highly skilled craftsmen works on a larger piece
A highly skilled craftsmen works on a larger piece
A lovely design drawn and painted entirely by hand
A lovely design drawn and painted entirely by hand
The simple tools of the trade - brushes and pigments
The simple tools of the trade - brushes and pigments
Kilns are fired to a very high degree of heat every day
Kilns are fired to a very high degree of heat every day
These men work streadily on small pieces of zellij tile
These men work streadily on small pieces of zellij tile
Wish it were possible to bring this home with me!
Wish it were possible to bring this home with me!
Zellij tiles are painstakingly set into designs like this
Zellij tiles are painstakingly set into designs like this
Each tiny piece of tile is place by skilled hands
Each tiny piece of tile is place by skilled hands
At last - a chance to choose and buy something
At last - a chance to choose and buy something
The gift shop here is a treasure trove of delights
The gift shop here is a treasure trove of delights
A busy intersection near a gateway into Fez
A busy intersection near a gateway into Fez
Dar el-Makhzen - the royal palace in Fez
Dar el-Makhzen - the royal palace in Fez
This magnificent Moorish gateway is always closed
This magnificent Moorish gateway is always closed
Closer look at the pattern on the doors
Closer look at the pattern on the doors
Exquisite tile work on the royal gate
Exquisite tile work on the royal gate
Amazing variety of tile in just one area
Amazing variety of tile in just one area
Each pattern of tile work seems perfect
Each pattern of tile work seems perfect
These splendid doors guard the royal palace
These splendid doors guard the royal palace
Detail of bronze knockers on palace doors
Detail of bronze knockers on palace doors
We walk through the nearby old Jewish quarter of Fez
We walk through the nearby old Jewish quarter of Fez
Housing styles are different here e.g. the balconies
Housing styles are different here e.g. the balconies
The market in the Jewish quarter offers high quality foods
The market in the Jewish quarter offers high quality foods
Dried beans, peas and nuts and other dry goods
Dried beans, peas and nuts and other dry goods
Carefully displayed shop fronts tempt the shopper
Carefully displayed shop fronts tempt the shopper
More dry goods, offering an endless variety of grains
More dry goods, offering an endless variety of grains
Second story balconies with sheltering curtains
Second story balconies with sheltering curtains
Traditional goods catch the eye - such a choice!
Traditional goods catch the eye - such a choice!
Modern goods, too, as our walk through the market continues
Modern goods, too, as our walk through the market continues
Elaborate golden belts displayed in a jewellers window
Elaborate golden belts displayed in a jewellers window
Every day goods are offered in the old market place
Every day goods are offered in the old market place
Most of the residences above the shops have balconies
Most of the residences above the shops have balconies
Everyone recognizes this sign . .
Everyone recognizes this sign . .
. . . but would you recognize it like this?
. . . but would you recognize it like this?