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... and we probably haven't even started to think of half of them yet. The van drops us at the edge of the Medina, which is the old town. The streets are way too narrow for cars, so the driver tells us we need to walk the rest of the way. We are led through a maze of narrow alleyways. Eventually we reach a large doorway. Our driver rings a bell, someone opens the door, and we are led inside. We find ourselves in a completely different world. The Riad is two old houses next ...
... Jemaa el-Fnaa, the main market place, to go see the Koutoubia Mosque. As we were walking by stalls a vendor pointed to is and said Saadain Tomb this way and pointed to a sign. And sure enough there was the entrance to the tombs. We were lucky because they were pretty cool. It is interesting that they weren't destroyed along with the Badi Palace,which was destroyed when the Saadians fell, but supposedly it was because of superstition. Next we went to look at the ...
... class? Well this is what we had arranged the day we leave at the Amal Cooking School. This not-for-profit organisation takes women off the street and gives them valuable life and career skills. We learn to whip up a Tagine and are given the recipes. During our week in Morocco we had grown quite obsessed over Moroccan mayonnaise and are delighted to obtain a recipe for this too.
And this concludes my first visit to the African ...
After two nights in Zagora, we started our way back northwest and ended up again in the seeming middle of nowhere. Our accomodations, the Kasbah Air Ben Damietta, was a wonderful place, run by a French woman; so the cuisine de haute was French - steak!
We also stopped at the Atlas Movie Studio outside of, here comes that name again, Ouarzazate. Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, and Patton, among other, were filmed, at least in part, here.
... made mosaic artefacts. The workers were cutting up the little pieces and putting them together in a pattern piece by piece. Really beautiful.
- We started to see the many types of djellabas (long robes with a pointy hood) that the men and women wear. Our guide in Fes said he had about five - some for summer and some for winter.
- In Fes, we met Youssef, our second guide who would be taking us all the way ...