Fez, Morocco

We hitched a ride with some lovely young Dutch travellers from the Sahara over the middle Atlas range to Fez, passing such sights as a shepherd watching his flock of sheep graze on a roundabout at the intersection of main roads.

We are lodging in the ancient medina, in a heavily tiled dar with a rooftop view of a courtyard shaded by laden orange trees, medina rooves and mountains.

We wandered the medina.

Marrakech, Morocco

The riad we are staying in is built around a tiled courtyard, with a rooftop garden which looks over the mosque and palm trees on one side and the Atlas Mountains on the other.

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The alley at the door leads to the main square, in which snake charmers, fortune tellers, henna artists and drummers ply their trades.

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The souk behind the square sells such things as tagines,

lamb cooked in tagines served with mint tea,

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shoes and Berber pashminas.

All of the buildings in Marrakesh are painted in shades of the colour behind this giant wall painting, which is the colour of the earth here.

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