777. Morocco Part 4 | Moulay Idriss

Moulay Idriss
A few days ago we hired a driver/car for the day (along with our guide) to bring us to Volubilis, Moulay Idriss and Meknes. It was really cool to see the countrysides and some small villages. Volubilis was to be our first stop but unfortunately, upon arrival we discovered that the site was currently closed due to COVID (we've already run into this issue with a couple popular restaurants being temporarily closed for the same reason). So we continued on to a town called Moulay Idriss which is famous for being the burial site of Idris I; the first major Islamic ruler of Morocco (considered the "founder" of Morocco). I really enjoyed the experience there. It felt like a really authentic experience (like Fes) but Moulay Idriss receives way less tourists. Up until several years ago, non-Muslims were not allowed to stay overnight there.

After that, we continued our way towards Meknes. Meknes is beautiful as well but I felt it was a bit more touristy (compared to Moulay Idriss and Fes). It didn't have the same charm as the other places.

So in this post I will just show you photos from the first half of the day. The rest will continue next time..

Fes Medina

We started the day going to a lookout point offering a nice view over the Fes medina. As you can see it is very large..pretty impressive considering it's an all-pedestrian zone. This is the labyrinth we are staying at. Our place is well located though as we are just a few minutes walk from a "car zone" so we have the option of conveniently taking a taxi/car whenever we need to. Some homes you'd need to walk for a long time to arrive.

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Peering into Volubilis as we were not allowed any closer

Moulay Idriss
Moulay Idriss

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This used to be a "caravanserai" which were traditionally inns along the Silk Road for travellers and traders to spend the night. Now its been converted into something like a market where each room sells something different. It was pretty cool.

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There's always livestock along the sides of the roads. Here is a blurry shot of sheep - a very common sight here.

Moroccan food

Then we stopped by a place on the side of the road for lunch. It was really nice. There's a small restaurant with a large lawn dotted with lots of tables and chairs. Apparently it's usually a very popular place but when we went it was empty (just us). I assume partly due to COVID again. As always when you eat, there are cats watching and asking for food (which I always give lol).

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