One aspect of travelling in Morocco that I looked forward to was the food. I believe that sampling the food delights of a different country, and especially a totally different culture like Morocco, is high up on my list of reasons for travelling. Mind you, I am generally very conservative in my selection of food when not travelling, whether that is at home or eating out in a local restaurant. On our touring I think I surprised myself in what I sometimes selected to eat; I know I really surprised my wife and daughter. I was often quite the adventurous one, and now I have some wonderful memories, not to mention a desire to travel the more exotic destinations.
While we were staying in Fes we took a day trip to the village of Sefrou some 30km away. Added to the delight of our visit was the fact that it was market day. Farmers from around the district descended on the town with their produce. They set up their stalls everywhere in the streets. Over the next few days I will share some of the photos taken at the market. The fruit and vegetables on display were not only colourful – they looked delicious.
And they tasted great too – we bought some bananas and mandarins.
While we were exploring the delights of the city of Fes in Morocco we had a view from a shop overlooking the rooftops nearby. I was amazed at the number of satellite dishes sitting on the rooftops. It’s not a sight we see here in Australia, but I found it relatively common in Morocco.
Just one of those quirky little differences I found on our journeys.
One of the more interesting – yet challenging – aspects of our tour of the city of Fes in Morocco was a visit to the tannery. I had never seen a tannery in operation before and we were warned about the smell before our arrival. It is truly a memorable experience. What amazes me is that this tannery was allowed to operate within metres of many homes and shops. I guess that the locals either get used to the smell, or reluctantly accept that they cannot change anything and put up with it.
Our views of the tannery in action were from a balcony of a leather shop overlooking the works. The climb up to the top of this series of homes and shops was narrow and steep, but we were rewarded with good views of the tannery as shown in today’s photos. I have also included below a photo of some of the thousands of leather items for sale, the end product of the tannery workers.
During our visit to Fes in Morocco we had the opportunity to take stairs to the top of a building to see the view. Today I share some of the photos taken on that occasion.
During our wanderings through the city of Fes in Morocco we briefly passed through a small factory and display shop selling the elaborate chairs the local people use during a wedding ceremony. These beautiful chairs are used to transport the bride and bridegroom to the ceremony.
Of course, there is much more to a Moroccan wedding than parading the happy couple through the streets to the ceremony. There are many more aspects of the preparations for the wedding, the amazing clothing worn, the food and the celebrations which can last many hours and sometimes even days. Unfortunately we were not privileged to see a wedding during our brief stay.