Fez is the medieval capital of Morocco. It is the best-preserved old city in the Arab world and the Medina is the largest car-free urban zone. According to our guide the Medina holds thousands of shops…I actually think he said over 80,000, but that number seems so large that I think I must have heard him wrong!
Things are transported to and from the Medina by way of donkeys and sometimes horses. The streets are too narrow for other forms of transportation. Sometimes you will see donkeys or horses carrying large TV’s and even furniture. If you plan to move into a home in the Medina, think carefully about what you plan to bring because your moving truck will be a donkey!
Below is the entrance to the Fez, Medina.
While wandering through the Medina we stopped and saw a 14th-century religious college–a beautiful example, among many, of Islamic architecture. We also visited a Moroccan carpet store and saw how carpets are made. I was almost convinced to buy a carpet, but of course I picked out a silk one–the most expensive carpets they have–so was quickly convinced I did not need it. However, they were all beautiful!
After the carpet store we visited a silk shop. One minute I was standing there looking at the scarves and the next, a man was wrapping my head in a scarf. It was interesting! I must say I look pretty good in a hijab! (just kidding) I ended up getting a silk blanket to go on my bed that I am pretty excited about! I hope it matches my room decor as well as I think it will.
The next stop was the tannery. Here we saw leather-making techniques that have not changed since the Middle Ages. When you walk into the tannery they give you a mint leaf they refer to as your “gas mask” to protect you from the horrible smell and then you get a view of the men working in the tannery.