Tuesday, 2 July 2013


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The two days in Fez were such a great vacation! It didn´t hurt that I went mid-week, so it felt like I barely worked that week at all. But also it just felt so exotic and different. I´ve travelled a fair few places, though in general I go and live somewhere and haven´t done the backpacking routes that a lot of people have, but I hadn´t been anywhere like Morocco before. The crazy tiny labyrintine streets of the old city, the chaotic market stalls, the cats, the donkeys (ok, Mexico had donkeys, but not on the same level, not delivering gas and water). The people who seem to speak any language you could think of, so long as it´s to sell you something. The smells, of leather tanning and mint, the coloured tiles, the exquisite woodwork, the mosques we couldn´t go in, the coffee shops, the street life and the tucked away courtyards where the noise of the street doesn´t penetrate. The Barcelona Football Club paraphernalia. The impossibility of reading street signs. The haggling the taxi down from $10 to $1 and knowing you´re still paying too much. The honey cookies.

I loved it!

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This was how narrow the street to get to the hotel/riad
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Closet Fashionista said...

Sooo cool! I love all the buildings and tile work! I need to go to more exotic places

his_girl_friday said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. It looks so amazing. Great pictures and description!

Anonymous said...

How fun! This is definitely a whole new culture to me. It's funny you mentioned the donkeys here in Mexico cause I think I've seen only two in my life and they were at a farm ha ha but never in the city. The pictures are amazing!

Cee. ♥
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Kathryn Woods said...

Beautiful pictures - looks like a very colourful, raw and amazing place.

Is It Secret, Is It Safe said...

Wow, these pictures are gorgeous! I wouldn't mind seeing more tiled buildings around. I love the colors and patterns! Also, honey cookies?! That sound fantastic.


Michal said...

So so so incredible. I've wanted to go for so long and now I know it's a necessity!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Cee: True, I never saw them in the city in Mexico! I did see some in the country sometimes, along roadsides, with men riding them. Very surreal "Oh, this is Mexico" moments. :)

Kezzie said...

Oh how exciting and what gorgeous photos! It looks lovely! That streeet is super narrow! How did you get on with your light hair there? My friend got hassled a lot!!x

carelessly cut said...

Ooh I went to Marrakech in March and I'd love to go to Fez!

Rosie x

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Kezzie: Not too bad (comparatively). I´ve heard they´re more aggressive in Marrakesh... and also that it´s a nightmare if you´re a woman travelling alone, but it wasn´t too much of a problem. The scariest thing was having to speak bloody French!

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

You went to Fez! How exciting. Your photos are stunning, Emily. All the colors, textures, and architectural intricacies are leaping off the screen at me. I can only imagine much more powerful and wonderful it all must have been in person!

Glad you had such a good time!

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Slip a 'how' in that second to last sentence and it will read a little better. Haha :P

bruixilda said...

amazing description... my twin! <3

Rubies and Emeralds said...

Took a little break from the blogging world but when I jumped back into it - your blog was one of the first I re-visited! Love your pictures...

happy blogging!
xoxo - http://rubiesemeralds.blogspot.com/

Dus of Cuddly Cacti said...

Looks INCREDIBLE!! a lot of our friends in Spain have visited Morocco once or more and I always wished I'd been when we lived there. Just a relatively easy hop over to a completely different culture. Glad you had a blast! I loved seeing these pics, the gorgeous mosques and street scenes and esp you in the tiny street.
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