Trip Start Jan 24, 2008
6Trip End Jan 29, 2008
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Today we start the morning by exploring the vicinity of Royal Palace on SW of Fes el Bali. The palace itself is closed to public, but has a fabulous main gate near Place des Alaouites. In order to get as far as that, one has to pass a five-gate square of Petit Mechouar and then take some more streets, which are nice to stroll in as well. The first part of the main street there serves as a textile souk, while the latter leading through mellah (jewish quarter) is filled with jewelries. After taking a photo with a policeman, having some relaxing moments in a park and strolling some more off the beaten path streets we head back to follow the marked paths in the medina.
Next stop is called Medersa of Bou Inania [10dh, sometimes closed due to prayers]
Nevertheless, time is running out and so we withdraw our backpacks from the hostel and walk to the bus stop. While trying to find some info about the buses, I meet some Moroccans who don't speak any French - so they really do exist;). Unfortunately, there is no bus comming for unpleasantly long time and therefore we are happy to accept an offer of some enterprising Moroccans to take us to the airport for 100dh in a old minibus. And guess what, there we really are! The airport hall looks really small, but it's neat. A last time to have a relaxing moment outside and after a short time the aircraft takes off and our fairytale ends.
Anyway, Morocco is a country rich of things to see and surely deserves another visit. See ya there;).
- French is not required, but it is certainly a good thing to know! Mainly because the people you really need to speak to are only francofons;).
- Sleeping bag is useful (hygiene, no heating in the winter anywhere)
- There are people who can really show you some things. Giving a tip is a politeness.
- Have some small money [sweets for children] ready for beggars or for people you shot. Or if one is thrifty, it's good to have a ultrazoom camera;).
- When driving you should count about 50-60kmh in the mountains, while in the deserts it's possible to go 120kmh for sure.
- Arabic girls have nice eyes and Moroccan food is good;).