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A Walk Through the Souks of Fez

This was a fascinating experience - something we'd missed in Marrakech. This time, our own guide, Mohammed, took us on an easier paced walk through the old souk of Fez, giving us time to take in the colour, the sounds, the sights - of people going about their every-day lives in an old and very traditional way. At times, the foot traffic was easy, at others it was unbelievealby congested . . and we could easily believe it would be only too easy to get lost in here! [Alas, there was no time for shopping - that is not something that can be done quickly in Morocco, as we'd discovered.]

USE THE SLIDESHOW COMMAND - UPPER RIGHT OF THE SCREEN - TO SEE THE WHOLE SHOW MOVE PAST.
An elegant fountain in the city of Fez
An elegant fountain in the city of Fez
Local citizens, waiting to cross the street
Local citizens, waiting to cross the street
Mules and donkeys work hard here
Mules and donkeys work hard here
A view of the old Medina as we reach the souk
A view of the old Medina as we reach the souk
Typical narrow steet inside the souk
Typical narrow steet inside the souk
Olives of every colour and kind for sale
Olives of every colour and kind for sale
More olives - take your pick - green or black
More olives - take your pick - green or black
Morocco produces dates of excellent quality
Morocco produces dates of excellent quality
Fresh meat, too - nothing frozen here
Fresh meat, too - nothing frozen here
Our furry friend waits for a hand-out
Our furry friend waits for a hand-out
We watched her making the thinest crepes
We watched her making the thinest crepes
Overhead screens shelter the shoppers
Overhead screens shelter the shoppers
Produce looked to be of a very high quality
Produce looked to be of a very high quality
Fish from the Atlantic - and the Mediterranean
Fish from the Atlantic - and the Mediterranean
Mysterious doors and wall panels hide shop fronts
Mysterious doors and wall panels hide shop fronts
At least we can recognize the vegetables!
At least we can recognize the vegetables!
The olive crop is abundant in Morocco
The olive crop is abundant in Morocco
Keeping the Tilley hats in sight
Keeping the Tilley hats in sight
Do you mind if we take your picture?
Do you mind if we take your picture?
Cries of Balak! warned us of his approach
Cries of "Balak!" warned us of his approach
Ornate mirrors are a popular item here
Ornate mirrors are a popular item here
The tinsmith's shop was a busy place
The tinsmith's shop was a busy place
High in a wall, a small face....
High in a wall, a small face....
This little boy watched us below
This little boy watched us below
A donkey with a load bigger than himself
A donkey with a load bigger than himself
Beautiful inlaid pieces, if one had the time to haggle...
Beautiful inlaid pieces, if one had the time to haggle...
We visit the caravanserai of the carpet weavers
We visit the caravanserai of the carpet weavers
Here's our friend with the donkey, his  delivery made
Here's our friend with the donkey, his delivery made
Quiet oasis in the bustle of the souk
Quiet oasis in the bustle of the souk
Interior courtyard of the Karaouiyine Mosque
Interior courtyard of the Karaouiyine Mosque
Zellij tilework covers the cloister walls around us
Zellij tilework covers the cloister walls around us
Established in 859, this was also the first university in Morocco
Established in 859, this was also the first university in Morocco
Cursive script is always featured
Cursive script is always featured
Our guide relates the mosque's history
Our guide relates the mosque's history
Magnificent carved wooden screen in fountain courtyard
Magnificent carved wooden screen in fountain courtyard
Religious texts in cursive script is part of the decorative tile work.
Religious texts in cursive script is part of the decorative tile work.
Amazing variety of tile patterns in one area
Amazing variety of tile patterns in one area
Filigree stonework is surmounted by carved wood
Filigree stonework is surmounted by carved wood
Beautiful wall fountain, even without water
Beautiful wall fountain, even without water
Carved and painted wooden canopy above an imposing doorway
Carved and painted wooden canopy above an imposing doorway
Details of workmanship are impressive
Details of workmanship are impressive
Inside the weavers workshop
Inside the weavers workshop
These ancient looms are kept busy
These ancient looms are kept busy
It wasn't  easy choosing just one -
It wasn't easy choosing just one -
These men worked non-stop on the old looms
These men worked non-stop on the old looms
Ancient workplace, modern goods
Ancient workplace, modern goods
We share the path with all kinds of traffic!
We share the path with all kinds of traffic!
Imagine a shop selling only trimmings
Imagine a shop selling only trimmings
This is the centre point of the souks of Fez
This is the centre point of the souks of Fez
Here are shops selling the finest quality fabrics
Here are shops selling the finest quality fabrics
Potions and lotions for every possible need
Potions and lotions for every possible need
Street in the souk with lattice shade
Street in the souk with lattice shade
A fabulous creation at the woodworkers part of the souk
A fabulous creation at the woodworkers part of the souk
These are made for weddings
These are made for weddings
Fairy tale throne for the happy couple
Fairy tale throne for the happy couple
Sometimes its worth your while to look up, too
Sometimes its worth your while to look up, too
So much to see, so little time
So much to see, so little time
The tanners yard in the souks of Fez
The tanners yard in the souks of Fez
Skins are spread to dry in  the open air
Skins are spread to dry in the open air
Tanning is a craft that goes back many centuries
Tanning is a craft that goes back many centuries
Animal skins prepared for fine leather work
Animal skins prepared for fine leather work
Fascinating to watch them work - but smelly
Fascinating to watch them work - but smelly
Curious little window above the tanneries
Curious little window above the tanneries
Just a few leathercraft items
Just a few leathercraft items
Look up and see unexpected ancient beauty
Look up and see unexpected ancient beauty
Curious foot traffic in the streets of the souk
Curious foot traffic in the streets of the souk
This is where I'd like to be left behind!
This is where I'd like to be left behind!
A man with a cart of oranges sets up shop
A man with a cart of oranges sets up shop
We leave by way of the olive sellers
We leave by way of the olive sellers
Fresh fish - who will buy my fresh fish today!
Fresh fish - who will buy my fresh fish today!
Or would you prefer a nice pan of sausages..?
Or would you prefer a nice pan of sausages..?
These honey soaked pastries smelt so good!
These honey soaked pastries smelt so good!