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We arrived by plane from Dusseldorf later in the evening and were worried about currency exchange and transport to town. Neither one was a problem. Exchange kiosk was still open at 6pm and lots of taxis outside. We were approached by at least 3 cab drivers and ended with one that looked like an unofficial one (no meter) but we negotiated a 80dh …
... hadn’t changed much besides seeming to have far more tourists. Mind you, last time had been mid-summer and this time late autumn. We decided not to join the others for a guided tour but instead wander the winding alleys by ourselves.
The old Fez medina is an easy place to get lost, especially if you get off the signed tourist tracks. But therein lays its charm if you can ignore the persistent invitations to the tanneries. Wizened men ...
... you suppose, but it’s the process of narrowing the field which will inevitably end up leaving you with one or two carpets that you have now told him you really like but you still don’t know the price of. Oops you’ve now backed yourself into a corner with not much space to move. You can think of phrasing a polite ways of getting out of the impending purchase without offending his good will and hope he notices your discomfort, ...
... is visible, sometimes not becuase
of an overhanging building.
Then there is the architecture. From
the outside, the buildings are plain and decrepit. But go inside and
what a difference. Marvellous tiling, spledid wooden cielings, exotic
lighting and fragrant food.
Start venturing into the medina and
delight in the friendliness of the people, the excitement of what lies ...
... to avoid getting totally lost and having to pay someone to show us out we decided to take a tour. Even on the tour we were still being taken to certain shops and almost expected to buy something. Not a great feeling, we ended up buying a few things when we went back on our own.
We are staying here in Fes until the 24th when we will catch the night bus to Merzouga, 8 hours away at the foot of the Sahara ...