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... do not do it justice.
We were greeted by Sana, who seems to be the manager. She is just lovely and takes in our many requests with good humour. Can we sit on the roof terrace (in the cool, dark evening) and drink the bottle of wine we brought? Of course. Can we have the recipe for the fantastic almond cookies? Absolutely. Can we go to a hammam and then out for dinner? Yes, it will all be arranged. Helping ...
... by aggressive touts to get you to buy stuff. We knew that Moroccan salesmanship is aggressive. However that didn't necessarily prepare us for it. Our medina excursion was exhausting as the collective weight of 6hrs of continuous konichiwa'ing and fending off Moroccan touts took its toll. Some encounters in the medina: - when I threw thrash in a bin on the street, a shopkeeper demanded to be paid 100 dirhams (23USD). I ignored him, but kept bumping into him ...
... standing on the train platform to depart for the hotel, a kind gentleman came up and basically could utter the word train while pointing at a train at what we believed to be the wrong train platform. Luckily for us we made the correct train and didn’t have to spend the night stuck in the airport.
The following day we began our journey to the city of Fes to meet up with a family friend who would be taking us in for a few days to show us the sites. Car size ...
... and in keeping with Islamic tradition, the robust doors and lack of windows gave little indication of even their existence. In such a densely populated tangle of a city we wondered how on earth the medina's water, sewerage and garbage systems worked. It all looked very clean and there were certainly no sewerage odours.
We walked nearby the famous Kairaouine Mosque and University, regarded as the spiritual heart of Fes and indeed Morocco. In more ...
... Empire. The Berbers however rule most of the high mountains areas in the hinterland.
The Arab invasion and Muslim conquest of the Maghreb. The Arabs convert the indigenous population of Berbers to Islam but Berbers retain their customary laws.
739 - 743 AD
Berber revolt. Arab control ceases and Morocco fragments into a number of small independent Berber states. Berbers begin to shape their own version of Islam and ...