If you want to visit a city that has everything, go to Fez. The old city can be pretty overwhelming but it’s a fantastic place to take a seat at an outdoor cafe and people-watch. There are over 10,000 small shops in the medina, and they are all trying to get you inside, so it’s best to tour this city with a guide. The guide will keep store owners from pestering you and keep you from getting lost. After we walked for about two minutes I had no clue how to get back to our hotel. We had professor from the university give us a 6 hour tour for about $50 total.
The thing that I found most incredible about this building is that all the decorations are verses from the Koran. Could you imagine studying something for hours each day and then seeing it in the wallpaper of your house, and in the patterns on your carpets? Talk about full-immersion.
No trip to Fez is complete without a visit to the leather factory. They are still making leather the way they have for thousands of years. The men cover themselves in oil and jump right into the dyes with the leather. Since they use ingredients like pigeon poo, and donkey piss it smells pretty nasty.
It’s funny how even after you see how gross leather making is you still feel compelled to buy some leather. I ended up getting this pretty green number:
In the next post I’ll show you some pictures from our visit outside of the medina.
- Our Morocco Travel Diary: Marrakech (williams-sonoma.com)
- Day 2 Recap (moroxo2013.wordpress.com)
- Saint Patrick’s Day in Fez (moroccantravels.wordpress.com)