We traveled with my parents to Fes earlier this week. It was a really fun time, though a bit too short, perhaps. We arrived on Monday afternoon, and my dad and I promptly went in search of a hamam, or bathhouse. We were led to an ancient hamam in the center of the old medina — I don’t think too many tourists make it to this hamam. It was an awesome, if somewhat intimate experience that I’ll never forget!
We had dinner at a lovely Moroccan restaurant, sampling all kinds of veggie dishes and a wonderful chicken stew with onions and prunes. Tuesday was packed with a light breakfast, 4-hour walking tour of the medina, and a 4-hour drive back to Casa so I could help out a student at a senior project presentation. 20 hours is far too little to really explore Fes, but I’m glad we went and I’m sure we’ll go back again soon!
Here are some of our pictures…
This is the courtyard to our Riad. The hot tub wasn’t working 😦
At the restaurant for dinner
Raelyn’s awake — hurry take the picture!!!
A modern-day blacksmith working hard to sharpen knives. I think he actually uses that sharpening wheel in the front of his shop.
The tannery — it was fascinating to watch these guys working with the leather. It was also horribly odoriferous.
Trying on some scarves at the weavers’ shop. I think I’d look pretty good in the Sahara, don’t you?
Wrapping up the trip with a feast of couscous at our house.