We went as guests to a Moroccan Wedding which was incredible, everyone feels welcome and its as if your a star in a Bollywood Movie. 5 Star Hotel, Red Carpet, Trumpet Players announce your arrival, Traditional Dress awesome looking clothes.Big Band playing on the stage. The Bride and Groom are carried in by pole bearers and a crowd of singers and greeters follow them. They are brought in and out about 5 or six times each time they have changed dress. How they hold the smiles from 11pm to 7 am I don't know but its marvellous. Guests are fed all night long with canapies of so many different foods WOW. Mint Tea, Water and Juice so no Hangover What Brilliant Evening.
Fes is a city of contrasts. Parts are steeped in the Middle Ages others are right up to date. The pavements are dodgy one minute there is one then next your climbing over a pile of rubble.
Medina ans Souk were interesting if you can stand the smells.
I did get sick of looking at stuff its a shopper's dream if you like tat and cheap stuff but its not for me. The Musee Batha was incredible with this huge old oak tree, the gardens are lovely, but once again spoiled by a pile of rubbish in the corner.
There are new builds going on all over, new towns even. Reminded my partner of Spain 30 yrs ago. Flats are dirt cheap to buy and we visited one that was now home to some freinds of freinds it had a very bad smell of damp like some musty old house in damp england and you could see the mould on the wall ? We questioned the finish and the uneven walls in one place we visited.
For old beauty go see Palais Jamai then sit on the terrace to see the incredible view, have a beer or wine and go about 6.30pm to see the sun setting , listen out for the call to prayer its mind blowing, (please be aware there are people praying who work there and please have some respect and wait till there finished, we saw to flip flopped tourists just walk passed the prayiing man talking and being very rude it made my blood boil) When it gets dark you realise its all dark around and there are hardly any lights on in peoples houses??
Meknes was next on our visit.it was too short a visit sadly just a few hours there. Beautiful and steeped in history even more interesting than Fes and not as busy The old royal palace is breathtaking, beautiful and beyond words. I liked it better than anything I have every seen. Don't forget to look up. I was annoyed I could not go into the Mosque. Silly signs say only for Muslim peoples. (Are they banned from our churches)
For accomodation we stayed in an Apartment Hotel. this is a new thing and supposedly the hotels are very expensive and not nessacarily a good deal by western standards also I heard there can be trouble with hot and cold running water. Yacout Appartment Hotel was indeed family run, Below is the Venizia Ice Cream parlour which did coffee and the most boring breakfast ever invented cardboard bread and tasteless cheese toasties.
The accomodation was a two roomed apartment. with toilet and separate bathroom. The toilet made a lot of noise when flushed and so did the flat above. The Bathroom had hot water that was the only thing it did have,oh and a spout of water as the shower head attachement was broken it was also filthy dirty and the shower door was rickity, hard to close and covered in scum and plaque it was ghastly. There idea of cleaning was to pile the hairs up in the corner of the bathroom. We were given 2 tiny towels that had seen better days I did ask for some more but all we every seemed to get were these towels back again. The kitchen had very old stuff in it. again old and tired. at night the cockroaches roamed. We did not eat in the apartment.
The bedding was like something from my late 60's childhood, but at least it was clean. Everything looked old tired,dirty and ready for the scrap heap by Uk standards.
I was most annoyed when the mother came into our room and took the laundry and washed it for us with out us asking. On the last day I put my delicate smalls in the suitcase because I didn't want her washing them ( I am allergic to soap powder) she just went in the suitcase and pulled them out and went ahead and washed them. I felt like this was an infringement of my privacy and I tried to tell her this but I wasted my time.
The Daughter was very helpful and a delight. The son was very kind too but when asked for an authentic place to eat he sent us to this very nice place with good food and an american menu also full of annoying tourists. MaMathia was the name, beware of Place Florence which its next too it was full of drunks and glue sniffing kids and its all run down. Royal Mirage Hotel very nice and was excellant for WIne, Beer and Lovely Omelette and Pizza. both times we went the waiters were spot on,funny and polite. Hotel Merinide for a drink with our hosts and as were walking threw I see him stand on a HUGE cockroach and flick it under the sofa Ugh.
I did eat traditional food at the home of our host it was excellant I love moroccan food.
Go do the Hammam (Baths) Excellant service Massage, Manicure/pedicure etc really good one is Nausikka on Ave Bahnini Route ain smen
Petite Taxis are excellant and very cheap, there all over just flag one down.Most people are polite,helpful and freindly. Go do it its an Experiance.... Best Coffee ever and everytime if you like strong coffee that is.