1.19.2021

786. Morocco Part 13 | Ceramics and Rug Shopping

Fes carpet shopping
Fes is the capital of arts and culture in Morocco, and it's easy to see why. I really love their style of decor here. It's all very colourful, a bit whimsical and primarily handmade. Even the buildings in the medina and little alleyways have a lot of paintings.

My favourite souvenirs from here are the ceramics. The rugs are also very beautiful. If I was in the market for one I would definitely want to get it here. I prefer their style to Persian rugs which I don't really like to be honest. The Moroccan ones are more modern (but timeless) with more colours and images.

We visited this rug store set inside a huge riad. Their rooms were piled up with rugs of all sizes. I think there must have been tens of thousands. The entire riad was covered in mosaics. It was all very beautiful and detailed.

Fes carpet store Morocco carpets Morocco carpets Fes carpet store Fes carpet shopping Fes carpet store Fes riad Fes MoroccoWe were also brought to the rooftop to see the view

Fes ceramics factoryWe also visited this ceramics factory. This man is preparing the clay.

Fes ceramics factoryArtisans at work.

Fes ceramics factory Fes ceramics
Every piece of the mosaics are made by hand. They are used for the tables behind or walls and floors. I can't imagine how many hours are spent to make one table (or to cover an entire riad).

Fes ceramics factoryHalf finished. I assume they go through different layers of paint.

Fes ceramics storeI love/wanted to buy EVERYTHING!!

Fes ceramics store Fes ceramicsFinished pieces

Fes ceramics tajine
In the end, we ended up buying these (+ 1 other thing not shown in the picture). It took me quite a long time to choose and narrow down what I wanted, and also to haggle down the price lol. The tajine is for cooking with and a gift for my mom. It's pretty heavy. I wonder why tajines are not more popular worldwide. I really love them. The factory shipped everything back to Toronto for us as there's no way we could lug these around in our suitcases lol.

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1.17.2021

785. Morocco Part 12 | Fes Medina

Fes Medina gate
Our time in Fes is quickly coming to an end..so I am rushing to post the rest of my photos. We decided to go to Rabat next, which is the capital city of Morocco. It's 2 hours away from Fes, has a population of merely 580k and not a very popular destination at all it seems. It is along the coast and looks beautiful in photos.

So I always try to look at the positive side of any situation. I thought that travelling during the pandemic would be a "once in a lifetime experience" and it would be interesting to experience it and document it here (just to clarify - we did not choose to travel "because of" the pandemic lol..moreso a situation that coincided with this time). It makes us visit places we likely would've not chosen since our choices are restricted to what's possible at the time with travel restrictions. I've always wanted to visit Morocco but Azores and Canary Islands were never near the top of my list. I'm glad I had the opportunity to visit them and staying long term is a very different experience. It's nice to be able to relax and not feel rushed to see everything. Before deciding on Rabat, we considered Egypt, UAE/Dubai, Turkey etc but unfortunately it doesn't seem like a good time to go to those places now.

Anyways, here is yet another post of the Fes old medina. I feel that no matter how many photos I share, it still doesn't capture the true essence of the place. Well the only way for you to really know is to be there in person. Most areas are too hectic for me to take photos of (and those are the areas I enjoy seeing the most).

Fes Medina prickly pears Fes Medina market Fes Medina Fes Morocco fruits Fes Medina Fes Medina Fes Medina Fes Medina crafts Fes Medina fountain Rcif restaurant Fes Fes Rcif Fes medina pigeons These largest pigeons I've ever seen. They eat them here.

Fes Medina fes medina street food Fes medina food Our guide took us to this really authentic, "locals-only" spot a couple times for lunch. It was really good.

Fes medina bsarra Fes Medina fruits Fes Medina cat

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1.14.2021

784. Morocco Part 11 | Meknes

Meknes view
A few weeks ago we visited Meknes. It was a nice city but I felt there wasn't much to explore. At least during COVID times. We walked around the city a bit, checked out the market (which I enjoyed) and also explored the medina a bit. The medina wasn't anything special though. The one here in Fes is a lot more authentic, unique and interesting.

Meknes Meknes pomegranates stand Meknes khobz Meknes market tea leaves Meknes market Meknes market Meknes market olives Meknes market chickens Meknes market rabbits Meknes market Meknes gate Meknes Meknes royal palace Meknes jail Meknes royal palace Meknes Meknes Meknes mosque Meknes

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