Trip Start Aug 25, 2003
55Trip End Jul 18, 2004
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Not wanting to rush around our last few weeks of travel, we decided it was time to leave Marrakech. Our next stop along the way was the city of Meknes. What drew us here was the reported laid back atmosphere (meaning no chance of another Fes incident). Meknes turned out to be a noisy not-so-quaint city, full of loud, pollutant spewing traffic due to the Medina being so small (we thought this was a good thing at first - no chance of getting lost). The one thing we did find in Meknes was the best olives I have ever had. I don't even like olives and I couldn't stop eating until I could actually feel my blood vessels constricting from all of the salt. First, Sarah and I just got enough olives for a quick snack. Then we went back for enough for a large snack. Then next morning we went back before we left to get a gallon bucket full - this one was going home with us unless customs took it away
Oh, the only other notable thing a bout Meknes is that I had a fried sausage that I am 90% sure was camel. Not too bad.... they smell much better cooked up than live and in person.
Back in Fes
Yes we went back to Fes - not to see the Medina. Nope just for a little more last minute shopping. Yes, for some reason we thought didn't have enough to carry. We remedied that problem.
Chefchouen and the Splif... I Mean Rif Mountains
Our planned stay-a-few-days-in-one-place place was Chefchouen. We had heard how beautiful, laid back, and relaxing it was and thought it would be a good final place to rest up before returning home. Turns out it is also extremely touristed (well, for Morocco), but for good reason - the city is extremely charming. Chefchouen consists of beautiful buildings all painted Mediterranean blue, and when a meandering street dead ends the entire street is painted blue to let people know before they start walking down that path
The ride from Chefchouen to Tangier took us through more of the Rif Mountains. The scenery was incredible, at one section of the mountains clouds were pouring over the mountaintops, and down the mountainside, only to dissipate about half way down. This was happening slowly enough that you really had to watch closely to see it happening.
Why Didn't We enter Morocco Here? (Tangier)
Somehow I think that we were extremely misled when we decided to enter Morocco through Melilla. Tangier is probably the most European looking city we have visited in Morocco. The city is clean, getting to the ferry was easy, AND no touts, insane or otherwise. What more could we ask for? Plus, the ferry ride was only two hours! We took it across the Straights of Gibraltar to Alcacerias and went straight to the bus station to catch a bus to Granada. While in the bus station we ran into a Swedish guy that was staying at the hostel we were staying at in Rhodes. The weird thing is that he was just walking by - he wasn't even taking a bus. These unexpected run-ins with people happen more than you would think.
Ahh well, the experience of going through Melilla may have been rough, but I bet we'll never see another boarder crossing like that again. Then again maybe we will.