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In 2016 our base was the ancient city of Fes, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it is the oldest of the countries imperial cities. Within the city walls the medina is a sprawling urban fabmy of alleys and pathways, along which almost any form of traffic moves including concrete dumper trucks, donkeys, motor bikes, cyclists, traders and people - requiring patience and acceptance. And of course, bargaining for goods is normal practice and considered the polite way of making a purchase. Despite the noise, and no matter how crowded and congested the area was at times there was a calm atmosphere. The tanneries of Fes are a key features of the city but were undergoing restoration during my visit. Beyond Fes I travelled to the towns of Moulay Idriss, where I explored the nearby roman ruins of Volubilis.

Fes donkey with owner
I stayed in Marrakech in 2017, which is a Berber city and the capital of the south. A highlight was a journey high into the Atlas Mountains through the Tizi-N-Tichka Pass. The pass is at an altitude of some 2200 m, narrow and meandering with heavy traffic - I was glad to have the services of my driver, Ali. Through the pass I visited the ancient and historic town of Ait-Benhaddou, and also Ourrzazate. The former is often used as a film set for epic movies such as Gladiator.

During this trip I visited the Ourika Valley where I spent time in a Berber Village, a fascinating and humbling visit. .

In visiting the coastal port of Essaouira I was able to enjoy the experience of a main fishing port.
Essaouira fishing port