Day 5 was a full day in Fez. It was a free day; although there was an optional full day tour of Fes. And guess what, the entire tour group signed up for this optional tour. It was the best decision. You have seen how packed the medina was when I posted the overview of the city in earlier post. If I did not sign up for this tour, I would not know how to begin. Too many circuitous narrow alleys that would spell trouble for a first-timer. I don't suggest a DIY tour of medina to anyone; just get a guide. The place is too big, too cramped, too many ins and outs and alleys that will make your head spin.
We began the tour early in the morning after breakfast. Upon boarding the bus, we were introduced to our local guide, whose name I can't remember, but was such a wonderful guide. He was full of knowledge, and he doled out tidbits with a side of sense of humor. Unfortunately for me, my brain was unable to retain everything, and you will see why.
Just like yesterday's arrival to Fez, local guide also took us to the bluff for an overview of the medina that we were about to explore.
The medina has several gates.
We did not enter the medina through any of the gates I showed above. We were dropped off in what looked like the back where we did not enter any arched gate, but entered through a narrow alley like this one.
Then we crossed a canal, lovingly called the Venice of Fez. The guide must be joking.
This nonagenarian is a local celebrity. Apparently he's featured in a website or the pamphlet. I cannot find that feature, but I know that he's one of the most photographed in medina.
We did a lot of photography; every which way you look there's something interesting and photo worthy.
We stopped at many spots where artisans and local artists practice their art. Some of us were engrossed in this store that sells brass lamps. The lamps are big/large that it was impossible to carry these back home.
**to be continued**
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