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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now what to do. The local taxi driver said, No problem you can drive there from here thru the Medina (one generally never drives in a Medina). Its easy there are just a few stairs. Actually you can drive thru and we did, but not to the hotel which only has foot traffic access. This was breaking our rule of Morocco no hotels in the Medinas. When we finally found the hotel we did not stay there, but found another just outside with onsite parking.



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  2. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Fantastic update. It's amazing how easy it was to enter North Africa, yet the central America borders were a PITA.
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    That's so funny. We said exactly the same thing. It was so easy especially if you pre print the TVIP. We do it in reverse on Sunday after 3 1/2 weeks here! Cheers
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We could then tour the Medina on foot. The blue and white color of the buildings is quite stunning.
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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had the first of many a couscous dinner with a view of the fort and square. We also know where Mr. Lucas got his costume ideas from for the Star Wars movies!

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here you turn off onto a mountain road that until you get to Centre Commune Beni Rzine, Marruecos the road is partly paved, but crumbling and without guardrails on the corners with their precipitous drops.

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a long day even though it was only 367 km because of the speeds and the road conditions. Arriving in Fes luckily we had a reservation. The Touts on the mopeds who followed and harassed us did in vain. Arriving to the hotel just outside the Medina we were met by another tout who rushed into the hotel to try to get a commission for bringing us to the hotel, but the man at the desk said to him “come on buddy you have to be kidding they have a reservation.”

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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had organized thru the hotel a guide for a tour of the Medina today, but as all things here the tour includes “shopping”. We did go see some carpets and weaving and leather works, but on the way also the labyrinth of streets, several mosques, and the tannery. Yes those boards are preventing the walls from caving in.

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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now that IS FRESH!

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    This is the only place in the city you can buy camel meat. He used to have a camel head on display, but there were so many tourists taking pictures he could not sell any meat.

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    This is the community bakery. The locals bring their bread here and this man bakes it for him. He knows everyone by the colour of their cloth.


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    Snails for sale!! They gather them outside the city when it rains.

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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We then wandered toward the Jewish quarter thru the large public park across from the hotel. On the way we passed a building with a beautiful tiled façade. Daniel was about to take a photo when the uniformed guard started waving and shouting. He then came running after Daniel shouting. Luckily a local woman was walking by and saw all this. She explained to the guard who then looked at the pictures on the camera and saw that Daniel had not actually taken a photo. Lesson learned. They did not notice however that Orvar was taking a picture!


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