Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Day 14 // Fes (فاس)

Lodging
Dar Warda, like the night before.

Sights

Tip for today: wear the same shoes you wore on the hike to Mount Toubkal, and don't wear any pants/a skirt that drags on or touches the ground...you'll see why!

We're starting out the day at Bou Inania Médersa, which you can see from Bab Bou Jeloud (it's the building with the minaret, or mosque tower). This religious institution attained Grand Mosque status, likening it to the holiest mosque (the Grande Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Because this school is so full of history, try to read and learn about it beforehand! Non-Muslims and Muslims alike are able to enter for a fee of 10 dh.

THAT's the minaret!
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Did you think you were done hiking after climbing Mount Toubkal? Think again! Take a hike up the hills to the Tombe dei Merenidi (...or take a cab, if you so please!) and see the best view that Fes has to offer. From this hilltop, which has the remains of the Marinid Tombs, you can see the medina, donkeys and goats roaming, and leather hides drying out. Pack a picnic and spend some time relaxing here.

Look at that view!
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Even the tomb itself is beautiful.
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Animal hides left out to dry.
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It's finally time to see the tanneries! Terrasse des Tanneurs is located in the medina, and you can see the dye pits and the tanning process itself. Keep in mind that it isn't going to smell so pretty, but it's a sight you'll never forget! Also, this is the time that you want to buy those beautiful leather goods. The rule of thumb is to try to haggle the price down to about one quarter of the "list" price. The goods here are going to be of higher quality than the leather goods sold elsewhere, so have fun and be smart about your purchases! I don't know about you, but I want a Moroccan pouf cover. And please excuse all of the pictures...I just think the tanneries are such a classic image of Morocco.

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Vocabulary (French // Arabic // English)
  • une tombe // maqbara (مَقبَرة) // grave
  • une terrasse // shurfa (شُرفة) // terrasse

2 comments:

  1. I am so jealous you are in Morocco! It is beautiful.
    xoxo Emma

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