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Quick trip to Morocco

Casablanca from the medina

Casablanca from the medina

We spent 3 days in Morocco and were able to see the cities of Casablanca, Meknes and Fez. We also visited the ancient Roman ruins of the town of Volubilis. Morocco is a stunning country, and one that I hope to visit again. The medinas are unbelievable in the amount of stalls and the variety of stuff sold, In Fez, you could just get lost in the medina for days. The cultural differences are profound. This was particularly true because it was the start of Ramadan. Volubilis was a facinating walk into the past. In the US, we look at our history and it is 200 years old. Here, in Africa, at this outpost of the Roman Empire, we were looking at a town that existed between 100 and 800 AD. These are thousands of years old. The town is only partially excavated, I would love to revisit there and spend more time. The only real problem which hindered exploration was the weather, which gave new definition to the word hot. Even the Moroccans search for the least bit of shade they can find so as not to roast in the sun.

 

Columns and arches in Volubilis

Columns and arches in Volubilis

 

Woodworker's shop in the Fez medina

Woodworker’s shop in the Fez medina

 

Shows a comical scene of a man riding the donkey backwards

Shows a comical scene of a man riding the donkey backwards

 

Metalwork shop in the Fez medina

Metalwork shop in the Fez medina

 

Mosque in Meknes

Mosque in Meknes

 

 

Spices in the medina in Meknes

Spices in the medina in Meknes

 

 

The olive stall in Meknes

The olive stall in Meknes

 

 

Butcher at Meknes

Butcher at Meknes

 

The remains of an arch in Volubilis, Morocco

The remains of an arch in Volubilis, Morocco

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