Fes: Orange Juice, Tanneries and Dogs

Fes Morocco Tanneries

Fes Morocco Tanneries
These past few months I haven’t been traveling a lot (except for a few trips to Norway), so I’ve been trying to remember some of the trips I did before I started this blog. In January 2009 I traveled for two weeks around Morocco (I love, love, love Morocco!), visiting Fes, Rabat, Essaouira and Marrakech, traveling by bus and train. Now, because of my blog, whenever I travel I write down every single name, place and detail, just in case I want to write about it here. So… I have forgotten almost every detail of this trip. Luckily I do have some photos, and Google to help me look up names. Let’s start with what I do remember from Fes/Fez, the third biggest city in Morocco:

  • I had orange juice probably ten times a day. Seriously. Best. Orange juice. Ever. <3 (Applies to the rest of the places we visited as well).
  • It was very cold, humid and rainy. At night the sheets were wet because of the humidity. A very small price to pay to visit this amazing city.
  • To find the pension we were staying at in the huge, confusing, but beautiful medina (old town), we had to look for the hanging camel head (yes, a real one) and then turn left.
  • Amazing, cheap food (if you go to the places outside the main tourist spots).
  • The smell of the tanneries (to give you an idea, some of the main ingredients of the dye are bird excrements and cow urine. Heh.)
  • How every Moroccan we talked to seemed to know at least two sentences in every single language on the planet. (Also applies to the other destinations).
  • I tried camel burger. It was… chewy.

Royal Palace Fes Fez Morocco
The Seven Gates of the Royal Palace.

Details Door Entrance Royal Palace Fes Morocco
One of the Seven Gates of the Royal Palace.

Leather Tanneries Fes Morocco
The leather tanneries. The smell is almost unbearable, but it is an incredible sight.

Man Painting Ceramic Pottery in Fes
This guy really wanted me to take a picture of him while he was painting one of the beautiful ceramics the region is known for. Seriously, you don’t have to ask me twice.

Street Dog Borj Sud Fez
One of the many street dogs in Morocco. Here in the fortress of Borj Sud. I had no idea of photography back then, but I really love this shot.

View Of Medina de Fes Seen From Borj Sud
The Medina seen from Borj Sud. It’s crazy big. You WILL get lost while you’re here. And you WILL love it.

Has anyone of you ever been to Fes? And did you love it as much as I did?


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  1. Beautiful pictures! I really like the 2nd of one of the gates of the Royal palace and the one of the man painting. And by the way, I thought the leather tanneries were boxes of chocolate! :-) I never thought about visiting Morocco before, but it sounds like you had a great time!

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  2. Gorgeous photos. I would love to visit Morocco, the architecture is stunning and I would love authentic Moroccan food! Right now my world travel is through books (i am doing an Around the World in 80 books reading challenge on my blog) but one day I hope to get to these places IRL when my kids are a little older!


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  3. Beautiful photos. What an incredible trip! Two of my sisters visited Morocco about 6 months ago and they LOVED it. They also talked about how awful the tanneries smelled… it must be truly horrible! Did you shop while you were there? They brought home all kinds of lovely presents for the rest of us! #CommentLove #SITSBlogging
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    1. Haha, yes, the smell is just horrendous! Unfortunately I didn’t shop much while I was there since I was traveling with my backpack, so I just bought some argan oil, a scarf and a few earrings… I’d love to go back with an half-empty suitcase though! They have so many beautiful things there!

  4. These pictures are gorgeous! I would love to be able to travel, but with two kids and a tight budget it’s just not in the cards right now. Maybe some day! Visiting from Sits!

  5. I LOVED this! I felt transported! Your photography is gorgeous. I travel quite a bit as well and giggled when you said you would write everything down. Writing my blog has caused me to be even more aware of every detail of life! Visiting from SITS – Have a great day!

    1. Well, I traveled with a male friend, so I felt very safe all the time, and always by day. I probably wouldn’t have done it like that though if I traveled alone!

  6. sigh. just look at those pictures! each one more beautiful than the last. Makes me really feel like I was walking the streets beside you… I’m ok to have sat out the camel burger though :)
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  7. I love your photos. I haven’t travelled much since college, but I wish I would have written things down in as much detail as you do! Do you have any tips for taking notes when in a new place? Do you take paper notes or electronic notes?
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    1. Thanks, Suzie! I mostly take notes electronically.. on my phone on the Evernote app or directly in a draft for a new post. Well, and lots of times on paper in my agenda. Haha. I think I should make a better system! :P

    1. Thank you so much! :) Unfortunately, I didn’t buy any pottery… I was traveling with a backpack so I didn’t have room for any souvenirs. When I go back, I’ll definitely bring a half-empty suitcase, because they sell so many beautiful things there!