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Moroccan cities are comprised of 4 main noteworthy areas, being the Medina, market, a mausoleum & mosques. The Medina is the name used for the old city within the new modern metropolises. Medina's are usually within ramparts with a maze of narrow winding alleys ready to confuse locals & tourists alike. Within the medina's are the markets, which are the vibrant pulse of the area. The markets are split into sections such as fruits & vegetables, butchery, spices/dried fruits, textiles and then specialty areas for master craftsman such as metalwork, leatherwork, potters, weavers, carpets, jewellers, perfumes, painters and so on. A mausoleum is a large, stately structure where an important peson has been entombed. They are ornately decorated with colourful mosaics and always containing a fountain. Finally are the mosques with their square minarets which are unique to Morocco. Mosaics at the mosques are comprised of 4 traditional colours yellow, black, white & green symbolising important elements of the Islamic faith, though blue & red were added later on.

This morning we explored the town of Meknes and it medina and market. As it was a Friday, being the holy day for Islam, the mausoleum and mosques were closed to non-moslems. Lunch was in the medina where we purchased camel meat then took it to the barbequerer where is was cooked over hot coals and serves as a hamburger with traditional Moroccan mint tea. Afterwards we travelled on to Moulay Indris, a holy place in West Africa. It is said that 7 pilgrimages to Moulay Indris would equal a single pilgrimage to Mecca. Sounds like a good money making scheme to me! Finally we visited the Roman ruins of Volubilis and then made our way to Fes for the night. Dinner was at a local restaurant where we I tried the local specialty Pastilla, which is a pastry usually filled with pigeon though the restaurant replaced this with chicken instead. When served I was surprised to find my Pastilla coated in a layer of icing sugar & cinnamon. Hmmmmmm I found the combination of very sweet and mild savoury taste not to my taste buds preference. Back to tangines & cous cous tomorrow.

Tatooine alms seeker

Tatooine alms seeker

Fountain, Meknes

Fountain, Meknes

biscuits

biscuits

Royal palace entrance

Royal palace entrance

Camel burger with Moroccan mint tea

Camel burger with Moroccan mint tea

Gateway in Meknes

Gateway in Meknes

Posted by adtamo 21:25 Archived in Morocco

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