20180521

A Day in Fes

After leaving the desert in the morning we had a 7 hour drive ahead of us to Fes.. with a few stops along the way. The drive to northern Morocco was very interesting.. the scenery changed drastically.. from dry rocky terrain to lush greenery.. it almost felt like we were no longer in Morocco and maybe parts of rural Italy.. We arrived in Fes in the early evening.. Just like in Marrakesh we were staying in a riad in the inner city.. but what we found different from Marrakesh was that the outer city.. the main city was so much larger than Marrakesh.. so much more modern looking. When we arrived near the medina we were greeted by a porter as well as the hotel manager who both immediately embraced the boys and led us to Dar Victoria Riad.


The door to our room.. it was a two storied room with a sitting area, bathroom and D's single bed on the ground floor





and upstairs was a single for H and a queen for us.

We were exhausted after the long journey and the only thing on our mind was dinner.. preferably non Moroccan. I had heard about a great thai place a 20 minute walk away.. this would be a great way for us to get a lay of the land.. so we set off. NOTE - we used offline google maps to navigate the medina's with little to no trouble.. we would download them when we had wifi at the hotel or at restaurants.. everyone was more than willing to share their passwords. A few minutes into our walk and we were already not loving it.. It lacked the charm of Marrakesh.. had an abundance of extra unpleasant smells that Marrakesh did not have and the people had their scam game ON!

After many winding surprisingly uphill alleys and lanes we found the thai place.. Maison Moi Anan. It was hidden in a tiny little lane we walked by twice.. again Thank God for Google Maps! Oh good food.. our bellies so happy :) On our way back these kids teenagers.. I am so old would not leave us alone.. they insisted on giving us directions.. even when we refused they self elected a volunteer to walk us to the riad.. we ignored them and continued with vigilance while our self proclaimed tour guide walked ahead of us.. then when he felt he had walked us far enough he wanted us to pay him for his troubles!!!


Breakfast the next morning.. and off we went..



inside the Madrasa Bou Inania


in the streets


We were feeling a bit peckish when we spotted


ah yum.. we shared some nacho's :)




for lunch we were on the look out for Cafe Clock.. they serve camel burgers and we wanted to try them. The cafe was tucked in a teeny tiny little alley.. D spotted it.. 


The burgers tasted like burgers.. the kids couldn't even tell the difference. 

and now for the highlight of our day.. hands down the best thing about Fes.. the Merenid Tombs. Well it was not really the tombs per se but the hill they sat upon.. the 360' view.. it was stunning.. I could have spent hours there.. 






The pictures do not do justice to the spectacular view.. it was a bit of a walk from the medina.. some people were taking taxi's there.. but we like to walk.. we went back to the same thai restaurant for dinner again.. the kids were happy.

      
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35 comments:

  1. It looks really cool there. I love the photos you took.
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  2. What an incredible trip!

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  3. Amazing views, lovely place and photos!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  4. Wow, the room looked amazing and your family is so beautiful!

    -Kati
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  5. ah, your whole moroccan holiday sounds amazing! xx

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  6. What wonderful eye candy there and your meal looked delicious. Boy they sure like to hustle there. How bold the locals are. The shoes your husband wears, are they comfortable? I'm always looking at comfortable shoes for the summer; I just have my Birks right now.
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  7. The food looks really good. Definitely a beautiful place to visit!

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  8. Your adventure is amazing!! This is such a fabulous trip and look at all of the experiences and stories you have now!! Teenagers included..ha ha!!
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    Jodie
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  9. Boo to scammers, but the food and the view look wonderful!

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  10. What fantastic views from the tombs! And it looks like you once again scored with lovely accommodations.

    I'll pass on the camel burger, but hey... the fries look great! ;)

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  11. What an experience you guys had, Hena:) Look at that view....dayum! BTW, it's good that you guys are seasoned travellers and had your game on. A lot of places really take advantage of tourists. Nonetheless, it sounded like Fes was still a great place to see.

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  12. The accommodations looks amazing! Such a beautiful city! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

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  13. That breakfast spread looks so good! And, we have a Nacho Mama restaurant here... too funny! Guess it's not the only one. ;) Looks like a lovely trip!

    Carrie
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  14. That must have been quite an experience, Hena. I'll pass on the camel burger!

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  15. Such a wonderful vacation with family
    Love the accommodation - seems so relaxing

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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  16. Yummy all of that food looks amazing, what a cute family
    xo
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  17. Place look so amazing. and breakfast seems so delicious. Glad you and kids enjoyed and they are happy.
    Pictures are beautiful.
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  18. Thanks a lot :D

    seems to be an amazing place my friend :D

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  19. What lovely pics and a fantastic trip! Love the architecture so much.

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  21. Beautiful family photos!

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  22. You guys look like you had so much fun and what a memorable experience too judging from your photos and stories. :)

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  23. The views from the hilltop look spectacular!

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  24. The adventure continues! I love it!

    -Ashley
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  25. Beautiful! Have a great tuesday, dear!

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  26. The tile in that one photo is so pretty!

    Amy Ann
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  27. What an amazing trip! I am jealous of your travels! I absolutely love visiting new places!

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  28. Ahhhh that's so frustrating that those kids followed you then tried to scam money out of you! While I love traveling, experiences like that do put a little damper on it. Glad you got some delicious Thai food out of it though! And camel burgers! You've got some adventurous little ones!

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  29. Such a gorgeous doorway! And lovely colourful textiles :D

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  30. Oh gosh! It makes me want to visit Morocco even more!! ♥ I wonder if it's expensive there? Anyway, your photos are all beautiful! Can't wait to see more. :)

    Hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
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    1. When converting from USD Morocco was very affordable.

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  31. looks like the rooms here were decadent compared to the tent rooms (?). I think I would prefer greenery as opposed to dessert. Interesting to know that a camel burger doesn't taste any different. Love the smiles on all of you :)

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  32. Looks great! I imagine what it felt to have the self proclaimed "tour guides" ask for money. The food looks great.

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  33. Needless to say, from your post, it was definitely different compared to Marrakesh. I've wanted to visit Morocco soon but will likely go with a family friend who is from there. It will make things a lot easier to guide us.
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