|Sheikh Deek in his palace in Fez Foto Joa Keis|
|Olive stall in souk - foto Joa Keis|
|Meknes marketplace at dusk|
|Fez Medina before the arrival of the tourists|
Our next destination was Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage Center and site of the largest medina in the western world. It was founded by the Idrisid dynasty between 789 and 808 A.D and is over 920 square acres and has more than 9,600 small, winding streets that create a medieval labyrinth that completely disorients you in a matter of minutes.God forbid the local youth detect your lostness, because once they notice, you are fair game. It will cost you to get back home, and if you do not accept their help, you will still be wandering around helplessly in 3012!
|Fez Medina after Lonely Planet and Guide des Routards ratings|
Our lodging in Fez was nothing short of majestic. This trip was on Joa, and he decided to treat his Papito royally. The thought of getting his own harem did, however, cross his mind. The Riad Dar Zeffarine was a living museum with intricate Moorish motifs and Islamic designs that boggle the mind. The terrace on the rooftop overlooked the entire medina, and sunrise and sunset were truly magnificent. An abode fit for a sultan, or a sheikh for that matter.
|Deek waiting for the prophet to speak|
|Sunset on Rabat Beach|
|Joa in the Kasbah|
Our last day together was a trip to the Necropolis de Chellah, mentioned at the beginning of this post. The beauty of the place was breathtaking, even under the heavy rain that intermittently drove us to seek shelter where ever we could find it.
|Fortress walls - La Chellah, Rabat|
|Walls in the Chellah|
|Sudanese street musician|