Monday, September 21, 2009


The souk, or covered market, in Fez is world famous. It is so large that tourists are advised not to enter it alone or they may never emerge, particularly if they don't speak Arabic. Here in 2002 is a stall selling dried fruit, as typically seen in markets all over the Islamic world. As we walked through the souk, we frequently encountered heavily laden donkeys and had to scramble to get out of their way in the narrow lanes. I wondered what happened if two donkeys ever met each other. During the French mandate between the two world wars, attractive modern cities were planned and built in Morocco. Fortunately, new construction took place adjacent to the old cities or medinas, leaving them intact and making it possible for tourists to see them much as they would have been ages ago.

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