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“Cool to see. Punto. Basta.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Moulay Abdellah Quarter

Moulay Abdellah Quarter
Fes, Morocco
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Ranked #9 of 58 things to do in Fes
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Rome, Italy
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“Cool to see. Punto. Basta.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Hearing the process was interesting but I was more intrigued by the intensity of the colors all around us. We were expecting the smell and rather enjoyed the fresh mint they gave us at the door to hide the strong odor. As we were being told the details of the process, every once and a while he would repeat, "do not worry, you don't have to buy. You are welcome". I smiled as much as he did every time he said it. When it was time to see the end result of their work (the shop), he would repeat, "do not worry, you don't have to buy. You are welcome". When we finally said that we weren't going to buy, his super friendly demeanor turned to short and abrupt sentences to scoot us out as soon as possible.
Since it was free to tour the facilities and we did not buy anything, it was worth the time and effort to go. Would I recommend going? Yes. I gave a 4 star "very good" rating for this reason. Better than "average" but not "excellent" (I wish there was a "pretty good" rating). As long as you don't buy anything. Just expect, as I am sure you are well aware, the sales pitch to be given to you in the sort of kindness that is an obvious nonchalant reverse psychology. Did I say obvious? Good.

Visited January 2014
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“Really interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Besides the strong smell and the fact that you feel almost obliged to buy something, the place is very interesting and a special part of Moroccan handicraft work.

Visited January 2014
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Coquitlam, Canada
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“Superficial Experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

A visit to the tanneries is but a superficial experience. You basically view the tanning area & activity from a leather shop three/four levels above. The leather shop of course tries to sell you there wares which are of poor quality, dated design, and overpriced. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this visit was the juxtaposition of this traditional method of tanning/dyeing leather and the plethora of satellite dishes on surrounding rooftops.

Visited November 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“taneries”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

here one smells how leather is made the old fashioned way.Fez was less relaxing than other cities and very hot and confusing.

Visited August 2013
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Charlottetown, PEI
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Contrary to many of the reviews we wandered the medina on our own and easily located the tanneries. We entered the medina by the Bab er R'cif (10 dh petit taxi from our hotel, the Barceló). It was pretty much a straight line to the copper working square and then follow a "major" lane off to the right to the tanneries. As you approach there are many offers to enter shops and view the tanneries from above. We entered one of the shops, were escorted to the roof top knowing we would be expected to shop on the way out. I had a particular babouche design in mind (black with grey details) and when the shopkeeper could not produce what I was looking for it was not hard to disengage ourselves. I don't know if we were at a rooftop that was downwind from the tanneries but we did not experience the foul smells everyone mentions.

Visited December 2013
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