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Capturing the world through iPhone photos. All photos are my own (unless otherwise stated).

As a refuge from the rain we visited a carpet merchant, who did his best to try and sell us every single carpet in the shop. To our pleasure and his dissatisfaction we only came away with two.

There was an incredible array of colour and texture inside. Not only from the carpets but the building was an old riad, decorated with the special florish strongly belonging to traditional Morocco.

The carved wood on the walls and ceiling blew me away.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#carpet  #merchant  #morocco  #fez  #colour  #texture  #riad  #traditional 

The rain was pouring, but through the streams of water coming through the covered walkways of the souqs we could see small moments in time. The stall owners selling to their local customers. Children chasing each other around the corners. Mules with carts and packs trudging quickly past, lead by their owner. Then there were the things that defied time, the old fountain and entrance to the mosque. Which stood proudly, though weathered, watching generations pass by.

— 1 year ago
#Fez  #souq  #fountain  #mosque  #stall  #food  #morocco  #mule 

Lunchtime in the Fez souq.

The Moroccan meals we had always started with a basket of bread, accompanying a vast array of entrees on side plates. They were incredible. All beautifully cooked and spiced, so much so that I would always fill up completely, forgetting of course that the main dish was to follow. It was then brought over to my great delight and horror. 

I don’t think you can visit the country without admiring their flare with food. And you definitely cannot forget it once you’ve left. Sorting back through these photos is bringing on a severe case of cuisine nostalgia.

Another highlight was looking up to see an incredible ceiling, draped over our heads.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#fez  #lunch  #meal  #morocco  #souq  #cuisine  #nostalgia  #food  #entree  #draped  #ceiling  #decor  #spice  #cooking 
The dye pits at a Tannery. Preparing the leather for manufacture.

The dye pits at a Tannery. Preparing the leather for manufacture.

— 1 year ago
#leather  #dye  #dye pit  #tannery  #clothing  #bags  #fez  #morocco 

One of the places we visited in Fez was a Manufacturers for Mosaics and Pottery. We were shown all the stages of creation for the plates and bowls etc, available for purchase in the showroom.

It turned into a quick eye opener to the general working conditions for the artisans in Morocco. Hours of sitting, hunched, over one in a large line of objects, waiting to be crafted. Day after day of this repetitive strain on their hands and body can only be destructive. What beauty is created, but at a cost we rarely ever see. This has become the comprise of those in less privileged environments - hanging onto a particular skill and exercising it religiously to support themselves, until they physically can’t anymore. 

I know that the workers in Fez aren’t even on the extreme end of the poverty scale, yet my fortunate-NZ-self still found it hard to accept what I was seeing.

— 1 year ago with 6 notes
#fez  #pottery  #mosaics  #artisans  #poverty  #lifestyle  #workplace  #repeditive strain  #priviledged  #skill 

The Royal Gate in Fez ~ walking through the city streets ~ the view from the Citadel.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#fez  #royal gate  #spices  #herbs  #cart  #oranges  #city streets  #citadel  #view 

FInally we arrived in Fez. After being dropped on the corner with our luggage, our guide lead the way down throw a few narrow streets (more like paths…) until we reached our home for the next few nights, our Riad. 

It was an incredible building, with the potential capacity of 20 or so people. However it was not tourist season and we had the whole place to ourselves. The staff were so doting and kind, but again it was that strange feeling of being undeserving of their relentless will to please. I found it hard to adapt to the hierarchical system in place, being treated as if we were the royalty in cinema I’ve seen like The Other Boleyn Girl and Downton Abbey. Our time there was very pleasant though, with a brilliant view of the city from the rooftop and an incredible banquet of food for breakfast, which included some delicious traditional Moroccan dishes.

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#morocco  #fez  #riad  #breakfast  #traditional  #royalty  #staff  #the other boleyn girl  #downton abbey  #rooftop view 

Our last stop in Rabat before we continued on to Fez: the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. The inside blew me away. Every surface was so thoroughly crafted and cared for and beautifully lit up by the shafts of light coming through the etherial entrances.  

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#mausoleum of mohammed v  #fez  #rabat  #morocco  #decor  #tiles  #horses 

Another of our stops in Rabat. An enclosed garden filled with orange trees which produce fruit that has been bred to look spectacular, but tastes below average.

Ornamental Nature. 

— 1 year ago
#garden  #orange trees  #cats  #heart  #morocco  #rabat 
In Morocco, whenever I ordered a hot chocolate they would always serve a cup of hot milk with a spoon of drinking chocolate lumped in the centre. Leaving you to stir it in yourself. I still don’t understand why that is customary, but it was an interesting change from London’s cafe culture. 

In Morocco, whenever I ordered a hot chocolate they would always serve a cup of hot milk with a spoon of drinking chocolate lumped in the centre. Leaving you to stir it in yourself. I still don’t understand why that is customary, but it was an interesting change from London’s cafe culture. 

— 1 year ago with 5 notes
#hot chocolate  #hot milk  #cup  #morocco  #london 

As we made our way to Fez, we stopped in Rabat to get a city tour with one of the local guides. One of the places he showed us was this intriguing and beautifully aged archaeological site. With remnants of old buildings and decor buried beneath the earth. 

Highlight: the storks’ nests and loud, croaking birdcalls. 

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#rabat  #morocco  #car trip  #storks  #archaeological site  #tiles  #old buildings  #nests