An A "mazing" city

Trip Start Oct 13, 2009
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Trip End Nov 08, 2009


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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What an amazing city is Fes (or Fez as it is also spelled)! It is considered as one of the four imperial cities of Morocco and is the country's second largest city.  Fes (the old city) is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site  and with reason. We loved it although we were intimidated about heading into the old city on our own as there are literally thousands of alleyways to get lost in.  The Fez medina is often considered the most well-preserved medieval city in the world. This ancient quarter of Fez is a maze of narrow streets, and one of the largest car-free urban areas in the world. Every inch of space is filled with bazaars, cafés, shops, and people. You can’t help but be amazed at the intensity of life bursting around every corner—and at the clean and fresh-painted quality of this vibrant display of age-old urban tradition.  Walking near the meat market area of the old city we passed many stalls with skinned heads of animals hanging from the rafters...including camel heads!

An interesting place to stop is the Leather Souk and the oldest tannery in the world, dating back nine centuries.  The smell is horrific but when you enter to view the process you are given mint leaves to hold up to your nose.  It is really fascinating and within the shops below the viewing area there are wonderful leather goods to buy.

Be sure to capture the old city from the panoramic viewpoint. 
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