One of the interesting things about visiting an unfamiliar country is the interesting – and unusual – sights one can see. Of course, the scenery is usually quite strange to what one is used to, as is the architecture and in places like Morocco, the clothing locals are wearing.
Something that fascinates me – not sure why – is the differing modes of transport. In crowded, busy cities like Fes in Morocco, walking is by far the most common mode of moving people, especially in the narrow lanes and streets in the medinas. Motor bikes are also in large numbers everywhere, even in the narrowest of lane ways.Pedestrians beware!
Today I feature two photos of transport. Above is a delivery van with a huge load on the pack rack on top of the van. I didn’t check up close, but I hope that either the rack is VERY strong, or the load is VERY light. The inside of the van is also stuffed full of something.
The photo below was taken quite near to the one above. It shows another van loaded up with pipes (or something like pipes) on top, as well as a converted cart being towed by either a horse or a motor bike, and for good measure, a donkey transporting a man. All these contrasting modes of transport are quite common in Morocco and go to make the visit so much more interesting.
One of the delights of our visit to the city of Fes in Morocco was to visit the ceramic pottery factory and shop outlet, as shown in today’s photos (and in the previous few days of my posts here on this site).
On the other hand, one of the disappointments was being unable to buy any of the wonderful items for sale. Many of them were far too delicate to travel in our normal luggage and others were either too big or too heavy. The shop did offer to ship any item to Australia – even the large patio fountains weighing many hundreds of kilograms – but the cost would have been prohibitive on my limited budget.
The mosaic work shown in the photo above is from one of the fountains for sale in the ceramic pottery factory in Fes, Morocco. Fountains like this one are in evidence throughout the land, both in public and private buildings.
During our visit to the factory and the adjoining shop we saw many beautiful items being made or for sale.
The beautiful fountains shown above were on display and sale at the ceramic pottery factory we visited while touring Morocco. This particular factory was in the heart of the large city of Fes. Fountains like these certainly are seen to adorn many Moroccan houses and buildings and would be a delightful addition to an upmarket home here in Australia, if only for the item being an amazing talking point – or status symbol. While my wife and I would have loved one, it would sadly be very much out of place in our home. And the bank balance would have been severely dented to buy it – and then get it all the way here to Australia.
During our visit to the city of Fes in Morocco we visited a large cooperative ceramic pottery factory, as shown in today’s photos (and in my previous posting here – with more to come in a few days’ time).
Our tour group spent over an hour in the factory and shop. We were first taken on a tour of the artisans at work, observing first hand the delicate and intricate work being produced. We then had an opportunity to visit the adjoining shop and to purchase any of the finished items. Some of the larger items would have been very difficult to export to Australia, but we were assured that they could be packaged suitably for the long journey. I guess that the freight would have been a little steep, so I didn’t enquire. Many of the larger items were out of reach when I looked at the price, but it was a pity that even some of the smaller items would have added considerably to the weight of our luggage, not to mention that we were not even half way through out trip and keeping such delicate – and breakable – items safe might have proved a major headache.