Fes: Tannery and Pottery



April 21, 2013 

The tannery in the medina in Fes was founded 900 years ago.  Assume for a moment that the art of tanning animal hides was already a mature craft at that time.  So when did tanning begin?  Decades before that?  Centuries?   A millennia or two? 

Preparing and decorating clay pottery and tiles is surely another ancient art form.

Fes: Slices of Time



April 21, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

The Medina in Fes is probably the world’s largest contiguous car-free area. 

The medina is a neighborhood of about 9000 narrow streets where people live and work and go to school. The tour guide doesn’t let us out of his sight for a moment.  If I get lost, young boys are available for a “small fee” to lead me out of the maze!

Merzouga: The Dunes at Erg Chebbi

Auberge du Sud

Erg Chebbi

April 23, 2013


My Dear Fellow Travelers,

It was a looong van drive from Fes to Merzouga.  Here in the desert we are scheduled for a shrt camel ride over the dunes of the Sahara. 

A camel ride?   Done that a couple of times.  Not my favorite activity. 

I decided to plant my boots in the sand and admire the scenery from ground level. 



Southern Oasis: Kasbah

Kasbah Ait ben Haddou



April 26, 2013

Aït Benhaddou is a fortified city along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated in Souss-Massa-Draaon on a hill along the Ounila River and is known for its Kasbahs, although they take damage with each rainstorm.

Most of the town's inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, eight families still live within the ksar.

Southern Oasis: Shrine, Oil, Gorge and Goats



April 28, 2013

“Well, you don’t see that every day!”

Here is a sampling of a few in I saw in Morocco:

* The sheer walls of a gorge.   Todgha Gorge, Tinehir.  That’s not me climbing of the rocks.

** A shrine and gardens dedicated to the Prophet Jesus in a Muslim country. 

*** Jan grinding nuts from the argan tree to make oil.  Argan Oil.  Good for whatever ails you.