The Hustler

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
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Trip End Sep 04, 2013


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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Caught the train from Tangier to Fes today. The countryside is magic, lush and green following the recent rains. Lots of farming fruit trees, olive trees and although they don't drink alcohol they do grow grapes for export. The city is 1400 years old. We travelled first class to escape the hustlers but not so. A very well dressed man sat next to us. We assumed he was another passenger as we all had seat numbers but alas we were wrong. By the time we got off the train he had us hooked up with a guide. We were going to use one anyway in Fes as its a very difficult place to discover on your own. He did give us a juicy orange and a tasty pastry. We are staying in a lovely Riad the owner Ladie is Moroccan but spent most of his life in France and is so welcoming.
Our room is huge with authentic Moroccan decor.
We decided to spend our first night in as it was pouring outside. We ended up spending the evening with a lovely young couple from Holland, the girl was a neurologist and the guy a lawyer but both so modest and down to earth. They looked too young to have such professions. Ladie prepared us a four course meal, authentic home cooking by his mum. It was the best meal I have had since our lunch in Mexico with Yolanda and Sal. I ate far too much, am not used to multiple courses but going to bed very contented.
24/03/2013: We went with our guide Said for a 5 hour tour of the medina, the largest living medieval Islamic city in the world and the worlds largest car free urban environment. It was interesting but actually just like a huge ghetto with people trying to sell you everything from carpets to leather goods. We visited a tannery and when we arrived they gave us fresh mint to sniff, thank goodness, the smell was unbelievably horrible.
In the afternoon we plucked up the courage to got exploring ourselves but after 45 mins returned to our riad, just too hard, the people never leave you alone and the children constantly asking for money.
Our riad is an oasis, Ladie cooks us the most beautiful 3 course meals each night, we say we only want a snack but out it all comes, so fresh and tasty.
25/03/2013:Visited Newtown today which is the newest part of Fes, still 700 years old. We decided to go on our own and it proved to be more enjoyable. The city is more modern and the people more friendly and westernized. Visited the kings palace and the medina then home to our riad for another amazing meal. We have decided to leave Morocco, it has been an interesting time but doesnt really do it for us and with time running ahead like a steamtrain we dont want to waste precious time. We are heading to Portugal.
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Renee Walker on

Love Portugal! You'll love Lagos if you go!

Lily Mclaren on

It all sounds so fabulous and it seems like you are having a great time,

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