Our Moroccan adventure began with a visit to the ancient city of FEZ - the birthplace of Moroccan civilazation. View from our hotel room at the Palais Jamai Fes, looking out over the Medina
Looking out over the Medina of Fez from our Palais Jamai Fes Hotel room balcony
Recently restored Arms Museum. Guns, armour, cannons from 16th century. Unfortunately all descriptive material only in arabic.
The wall of the centruies old walled city of FEZ
Main gate of King's Palace in Fez.
Intricate hand cut mosaic work on King's Palace facade. Every piece is individually cut and set.
Along a street in the Mellah - Jewish section of Fez near the palace
Potter at the wheel creating a large vessal at the ceramics factory. Note that the potter's wheel is driven by foot power.
Large kiln for firing the ceramic tiles and vases. Kiln is fired by burning crushed olive pits, which creates large clouds of black smoke.
Women hand painting designs onto ceramic pieces
Men drawing the intricate designs on the ceramic pieces
Mosaic tile cutters shaping the mosaic tile pieces by hand
Close up of cutting individual pieces of mosaic ceramic tile
Constructing a wall mosaic - on the floor
Instense smoke from the kiln's fire of crushed olive pits
Awaiting our first Moroccan dinner experience
`The wool market, just as it has been for centuries, in the Medina of Fez
Cleaning and thrashing the wool by hand with a stick
14th century hotel - $2. a day guests stay upstains and animals stay downstainrs. Unfortunately they had a fire recently.
Brides chairs s are rented for Moroccan weddings - very elaborate fabric and metal coverings
The main entrance to a 9 th century Mosque - completely renovated