After a so-so nights sleep - I didn't find the bed all that comfortable, nor was it very big! It was hard and it dug into all my bruises I have collected on my travels. We popped upstairs for our breakfast which was included - hot mint tea and french pastries. Chocolat du Pain. Yum. Jeffrey then came and got us and we set off for a wander in the Medina, with Liang showing us some amazing artists.
This man is hammering in silver thread into various creations. Very focussed and dedicated, and the items he makes are beautiful....
Jeffrey and Liang dropped us off at the train station and I was sad to leave them. So much fun and what an amazing country they are living in.
Anne and I then caught the train to Fez. We happpened to start talking to somone on the train who mentioned that his nephew guides visitors around Fez, doesn't do it for money as they come from a wealthy family, but do it because they love their city. They said 200 dirham for the two of us would be fine for 2 days (about 20 euros). So we decided to take them up on it.
We stayed in a Riad in the heart of the Medina and it takes about 25 minutes to get there. Someone from the Riad met us at the train station, then walked us to our Riad. We were given a map, checked in, dropped our luggage, put a load of washing on and hung it out, and then we were off again with our new tour guide. First he took us up out of the Medina high on the hill to see the old city of Fez...
Approx 450,000 people still live in this walled city, pretty much as they have done so for many generations. The medina is narrow and some parts are steep. No cars - only donkeys, horses and the odd motorbike. You can see where are are staying in the above photo - look to the green dome and tower (the first one you come to from the bottom of the photo) If you enlarge that part of it, you can see our riad - from the washing on the line just above it!! So yes - we were in the heart of the medina.
On top of the hill was an old Roman ruin - but I am not sure of the history of it. The sky was pretty blue though!
Once we were in the Riad, we were too tired to do anything else, so we stayed in and had an early night!