Oct 30, 2007
Dec 11, 2007
We spent the morning in Meknes wandering around the markets and hole in the wall shops that sprawl out into the street. It was a hive of industry with everyone free to do as they please, or so it seems. Health and safety rules and regulations obviously haven't hit Morocco yet, by the looks of some of the wood and metal workshops. In the street there were baskets of left over stale bread that they were making into breadcrumbs, it looked inedible, especially after we'd seen cats walking all over it and probably urinating in it. In the garment district I watched men and young boys winding thread onto cones using old bike tires and hand sewing garments adding intricate edging that looked as though it was done by machine. It was fascinating to watch. The clothing in Meknes was a mixture of traditional and Western, with some women and girls covering their heads and others not.
As well as exploring the souqs and observing the daily life in Meknes, we also went to see the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. It is a beautifully decorated monument with lots of intricate detailing.
Woken up at 5.30am by the Muezzin (someone yelling down a loud speaker!) calling people to pray.