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Famous city of Fez has plenty to keep a tourist busy

By 1170, Fes was the largest city in the world with 200000 inhabitants

By 1170, Fes was the largest city in the world with 200000 inhabitants

Fes has the best preserved old city in the Arab world

Fes has the best preserved old city in the Arab world

A shot of the old medina from above; you get a sense of how tightly packed the buildings are

A shot of the old medina from above; you get a sense of how tightly packed the buildings are

Famous tanneries in Fes; gave us mint to put under our noses because smell was horrible

Famous tanneries in Fes; gave us mint to put under our noses because smell was horrible

A hanging camel head tells customers that camel meat is sold in the shop

A hanging camel head tells customers that camel meat is sold in the shop

Admired intricate process to make colorful ceramics; too bad I no longer own a house

Admired intricate process to make colorful ceramics; too bad I no longer own a house

Ceramics were hand-painted using natural dyes

Ceramics were hand-painted using natural dyes

Old medina is the largest car-free urban area in the world

Old medina is the largest car-free urban area in the world

Famous bronze doors to the Royal Palace

Famous bronze doors to the Royal Palace

Glaoui Palace was run by a scruffy artist in one of the oddest experiences of the trip

Glaoui Palace was run by a scruffy artist in one of the oddest experiences of the trip

Supposedly the first modern bathroom in Morocco; much bigger than any others I saw

Supposedly the first modern bathroom in Morocco; much bigger than any others I saw

Bab Boujeloud, the Blue Gate, is famous for its blue and green tiles; 1913

Bab Boujeloud, the Blue Gate, is famous for its blue and green tiles; 1913

Most fountains we saw were not working since Islam says water should be preserved

Most fountains we saw were not working since Islam says water should be preserved

Beautiful Islamic architecture at the world's oldest university, Qaraouiyine founded in 859

Beautiful Islamic architecture at the world's oldest university, Qaraouiyine founded in 859

Ornate 14th century architecture at Medersa Bouanania

Ornate 14th century architecture at Medersa Bouanania

Luckily I recognized the label! Even nicer that it was very inexpensive

Luckily I recognized the label! Even nicer that it was very inexpensive

Not at all unusual to see mules and donkeys on the city streets; even more common in rural areas

Not at all unusual to see mules and donkeys on the city streets; even more common in rural areas

Old medina is another UNESCO World Heritage Site

Old medina is another UNESCO World Heritage Site

I loved the ceilings throughout Morocco; designs are busy but very attractive

I loved the ceilings throughout Morocco; designs are busy but very attractive

The tour minivan was incredibly uncomfortable; the seats were narrow and cramped

The tour minivan was incredibly uncomfortable; the seats were narrow and cramped

Tannery had everything leather you could imagine made from goat, camel, lamb and cow

Tannery had everything leather you could imagine made from goat, camel, lamb and cow

Each area of the medina featured a different trade; here merchant is showing the colors he can dye (all naturally)

Each area of the medina featured a different trade; here merchant is showing the colors he can dye (all naturally)

Main ingredient in the vats is pigeon droppings which is high in ammonia and softens the hides

Main ingredient in the vats is pigeon droppings which is high in ammonia and softens the hides

Many alleys in medina were just wide enough to walk through; impossible not to get lost

Many alleys in medina were just wide enough to walk through; impossible not to get lost

Hand-painted tajine cookware; tajines are a Berber dish that is a type of stew with meat and vegetables

Hand-painted tajine cookware; tajines are a Berber dish that is a type of stew with meat and vegetables

Borj Sud Fortress provided great views of the city, Morocco's 2nd largest

Borj Sud Fortress provided great views of the city, Morocco's 2nd largest

Saw plenty of storks in Morocco; they liked staying at the Royal Palaces

Saw plenty of storks in Morocco; they liked staying at the Royal Palaces

Went to a ceramics factory where everything was hand-made and observed all steps in the production process

Went to a ceramics factory where everything was hand-made and observed all steps in the production process

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