Finding our way

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Yesterday we went to the forts that protected and intimidated Fes and the Royal Palace of the King. He is like the president and has the power of a president - there is no other president or prime minister. He is in his 40s and has two kids, one who is 4 and another who is 2. He likes to jet ski and his father likes to golf and ride horses. Inside the Royal Palace, there is a whole golf course. No one is allowed inside except the royal family and their guests, kind of like Buckingham Palace, but with many fewer guards.

We also went to the place where they make pottery. It was very cool! They did everything by hand - from the beginning when a guy mashes up the clay with his feet in a big pit (that looked like fun!) to making it on a pottery wheel then they painted it, then they let it dry in the kilns, then they cut it into pieces for mosaics and tables and buildings. They use olive pits to make the fires in the kilns, so the smoke is very black. The pottery is very strong when they finish - a man jumped in a bowl, but it did not even break!

We also tried to find a bookstore that sells English-language books because I was looking for a Harry Potter book. We could not find Harry Potter but we did find Call of the Wild and White Fang, by Jack London. I am reading Call of the Wild now.

Last night we had a private dinner at a restaurant near our hotel called La Maison Blue. It was private because there were no other guests there. They wrote our name on the table in jewels and had lots of tangine pots with special dishes (tangines are the cone-shaped pots that they use in Morocco). A man played sitar music and it was very cool. But Lu and I both fell asleep before dessert, again!

Today we walked around the medina by ourselves and did not get lost! If you had to go shopping for grocery it would be very different. You would have to buy everything at a different shop - there is no supermarket. You would have to go to one place to buy meat, another to buy break, another to buy vegetables, another to buy rice or pasta, and another for dessert. And you would also have to go to lots of different shops for shoes and clothes and things like toothbrushes and school supplies.
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mercergirl on

What a great adventure!
Hi Baird Family!!
The latest blogs and photos have been so great Zola. I love the photo with Lu asleep in the stroller- just another day for her... Fes looks wonderful. I don't know how excited I'd be about the smell of pigeon poop filling the air, but the rest of your travel seems like some of the best so far.

It must be challenging to not be able to read signs, etc.. no wonder it's easy to get lost.

hope you're all doing well and that Peter is feeling better. Stay away from the camel sandwiches.


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