Saturday, March 18, 2017

Morocco Travel Diary- Fes, Part Two



Hi guys,

Guess what? I am actually back with another post as part of Morocco Travel Diary. Today I'm gonna show you how we spent our second day in Fes, right before driving to the mountains. We spend the first day visiting the huge Medina, and now we had half a day to wander the streets of the beautiful Fes El Bali (the old town). Since our Riad was inside the Medina, we packed our bags really quickly, left them at the hotel and hit the road before the markets started to get very crowded and it would have been harder to walk through the Medina.

During our last day in Fes we went to Jardin Jnan Sbil, a really beautiful park that looked almost like a botanical garden, then we walked a little bit through the Jewish Quarter, and finally went back to the Medina for lunch and to buy some more spices and souvenirs before leaving. We also visited Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, which is an amazing historic building right in the heart of the Fes Medina. We really enjoyed the time spent there, and the building itself is definitely worth the entrance fee.

We had parked our car as close as we could from the Riad, but it was still not close enough, so carrying our bags on a full stomach on the crowded, narrow streets of the Medina was not fun at all! But we managed to reach our car and drove to Tombe dei Merenidi, which is located on a hill above Fes el Bali, to take one last look at the beautiful old area.

I hope you guys will enjoy the post. Still have so many pictures to show you, I'm a bit overwhelmed and I'm not kidding! Hopefully, I'm going to be able to stay on track with this travel diary, and even maybe throw in one/two posts form my trip to Berlin from time to time. That would be a great mixture, because the two places that we've visited this Spring are soooo diferrent, so contrasting, so I think it would be a good idea to mix it up a little bit!

Anyways, have a great weekend and talk to you soon!

Love,

Mamalina

Oufit details:
Jeans, Bomber jacket & Sweater- H&M
Vans sneakers
Necklace: Mango
Bag: Accesorize










































Thursday, March 9, 2017

Morocco Travel Diary- Fes, Part One



Hi guys!

I just came back from Germany a couple of days ago and I'm still trying to adjust to the real life... It's been a busy Spring as far as traveling is concerned and I couldn't be happier! I cannot wait to start planing my next sweet escape! We might be going to Italy in May (fingers crossed), but until then I'm making sure I share every detail of my trips with those of you who enjoy this kind of posts. I, for one, am crazy about traveling, I watch travel vlogs almost every day and I love reading about people's experiences and adventures.

Getting back on track with my Morocco travel diary, today I'm going to show you how we spent our first day in Fes. On our way from Rabat to Fes we made a quick stop to Meknes to see the famous city gate. The gate was beautiful indeed, but other than that, I would not suggest visiting the city (reviews on the internet are a bit overrated). We arrived in Fes some time after noon and went straight to the Riad (Riad Sanaa Rose, Fes El Bali) to check in and ask our host for some suggestions as to what we could visit. Getting information at the hotel is the best thing you can do, people there are usually very helpful and could provide the best advice. In Rabat, the hotel owner had suggested to book a guide in Fes to visit the Medina. She told us we could easily get lost in the maze-like streets and lose precious time. We took her advice, booked a guide, and by the end of the day, it proved to be the best decision. Not only did he take us to visit key spots inside the medina, different artisans, the famous tanneries, but he also shared a bit of history and fun facts along the way.

First he took us to a panoramic spot, from where we could see the entire city, and pointed us towards different attractions. Then we went forward to visit the Medina.

We were able to visit an old madrasa, a type of school for the study of religion, a ceramics factory, leather and rugs artisans' shops,  spices and argan oil stores. Every single one of the places had a little background story, so the trip was pretty informative. Not to mention we got to also buy souvenirs in the process, which was great.

The Medina was super crowded and noisy and it painted a perfect image of the agitation and restlessness of the Moroccan people! It was a wonderful and enjoyable day and it was a real pleasure to experience a culture that's so different from our own.

I hope you'll enjoy the photos! Talk to you soon!

Love,

Mamalina

Oufit details:
Shirt: Kenzo for H&M
Jeans & Bomber: H&M