Hello little world! As promised last week, I am gonna tell you all about my trip in Fez 🙂 I stayed here for a week with my mother (yeah the BFF did not have any holidays and the boyfriend (?!!)…still looking for that one).
With 7 days ahead of us in Morocco, we actually spent:
- 3 days in Fez
- 1 day in Meknes
- 1 day in Moulay Idriss/Volubilis
- 1 day in the Cedar Forest
Fez is an amazing old city with a beautiful Medina (ancient centre of the city). At first, I have to confess that the gazou (local males) were a bit too much (how to describe that in a neutral way…) present/active. A couple of days later, we just learnt how to deal with it. Basically, we did not engaged the conversation, smiled, or replied to any of these guys that were constantly chasing us…and you know what they became used to see us and would not pursue us around the city anymore (for goodness sake).
I like to think I am quite adventurous because it is the way I have been used to travel with my family since I was a kid. I don’t do the touristy thing. I organize my own trips, find my own way…and so it is what I did with my mother.
We took the train to go from Fez to Meknes, city founded by the Berber tribe (the first occupant of Morocco before the invasion of the arabic people coming from the arabic peninsula, actual Saoudi Arabia). It costs around 20 MAD (2 euros)… while a local excursion organized by a tour group would cost you around 50 euros…so think twice if you are on a budget (like me). We stayed about a day visiting the Medina and the souk. The city was at its golden age as it was the imperial capital under the reign of Moulay Ismail, the Sultan of Morocco in 17th century (sort of the local Louis XIV). Therefore there is a lot of beautiful sites to see.
Before I continue in my next post, let me give you a few interesting facts about Morocco (a bit of culture can not hurt right??):
- 4 cultures lived there: the first to arrive were the Jewish people, then came the Berber, the Roman and finally the Arabic people
- The official languages are Berber and Arabic. Although to the past history, French is widely spoken and the language of the administration.
- Rabat is the capital, Casablanca the biggest city and Fez the most beautiful city of the country (to my opinion)
- Moroccan cuisine has long been considered as one of the most diversified cuisines in the world. While spices have been imported to Morocco for thousands of years, many ingredients such as saffron from Tiliouine, mint and olives from Meknes, and oranges and lemons from Fez, are home-grown
So whether you are into history, cuisine, culture, Morocco has to offer and as I am about to get quick out from the bar I am writing this post in London… I will let you for now:)