Sunday, October 5, 2008

Still Standing Since 12 Centuries

Summer was one month old and Rabat was advising me to go away, but circumstances exaggerated the trip to be short and just around here. Still it was a precious occasion to get cured from the breathless moments of hard work for my graduation.
I took the bus to cross 200Kms to a very familiar place; a 12 century old city, Fez

The old part of Fez from above;
The Medina of Fez is the most complete medieval city still in existence

The vast Muslim cemetery; a huge number of gathering graves

Bombing weapons witnessing the hectic history of Fez

I started wandering in the Medina's small and narrow alleys.
Some of them were so dark and gloomy that light had to be turned on day and night.

Since century, life in Medina continues to bustle with a bewildering throng of people, from olive-dealers, handicrafts and artisans to industrious merchants and traditional bell-ringing water-sellers.
The traditional and the most useful means of transportation and carrying good in the alleys of the Medina is still carefully preserved. ( Poor Sweet Donkey).
The old big carpet house is the storehouse of a large number of very colorful carpets of different style and made of traditional techniques.
I couldn't miss watching men working in the tannery. They the leather in the tanning and dying vats. The smell was quite strong was results were amazing.
In the tannery, all animal's wool was useful and the skin didn't go as a wasted. Skins were used for other uses.
From an alley to another, I came across the biggest mosque in fez and the twine of the Kairouan; the most important mosque in Tunisia.
Curious to visit inside, I had to wear a long black Djellaba. As it is forbidden to step inside with usual non-religious dress.

Another dark alley, but with a curious mind in the end of it.

Once the night wake up, The doors of Fez's Medina start shining.Oh yeah! the horse in doing good...

Fez main street enjoying the night.
The Fezi sky. In Fez, I could be a mother for 2 long hours. How sweet!!!

Being in Fez area, I couldn't skip going to the farm.
Mssoud welcomed me a very nice cheering face.
He finds the hand tasty.
I was just trying to figure out is the rabbits sleep really with open eyes, but the rabbit was damn scared :(

Mssoud and his mom Fatiha
I never knew that I was good at milking cows!

After satisfying my crow milk hungry, I took the road back home.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

مدونه رائعه .....اظهرت جمال الطبيعه بالمغرب الشقيق الذى اود زيارته

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drake said...

It is hard for one to believe, that all those gorgeous scenes of utmost beauty are not scenes from an imagined fantasy world but only pieces of reality that you have captured in your moving eye. Impressing it is, Impressing.