Our last full day in Morocco

Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

So far so good on the food poisoning issue.

Considering we haven't really had a break from doing stuff and as this is meant to be a lazy holiday which it doesn't seem to be turning out to be, we have decided to just take it easy and wander the streets of Fez.

We spent two hours this morning roaming around the Medina in a vain attempt to follows some pink street signs to find a chickpea sandwich that we saw yesterday. The end result was worth it, but we are still trying to locate a Butter bean and garlic soup, to no avail.

The Medina in Marrakesh comes a poor second to this overwhelming maze of stalls and shops.Fez is the largest medieval city in the Islamic world with at least 1 million people. It is Morocco's first world heritage site and the biggest car free urban environment. You still have to be careful not to be run over, granted there isn't as many bikes compared to Marrakesh but there does seem to be more donkeys and carts.

The narrow winding alleyways are congested with aromatic food stands, craft stores, mosques, donkeys laden with goods and an endless parade of people. Whole areas are dedicated to one particular item as there are the shoe alleys, the material streets, traditional family workshops and the overpowering smell of tanneries and dye pits (this is not the most pleasant of areas). Anywhere you turn you find yourself in blind alleys which no longer see the sun, as the outer walls of the buildings above lean together and are supported by wooden scaffolding.

The people here are more friendly and laid back than in Marrakesh. They do not seems to be as pushy and demanding. We have met some of the nicest people, eaten some amazing food, been haggled and harassed and we would do it all again in an instant.

Back to our beloved Spain, tomorrow.
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