Thursday, August 31, 2017

Azrou in the Park

We all felt we had had enough of food in restaurants, it was suggested we have a picnic in the park
We raided the local supermarket for baguettes, peaches, olives, tomatoes, nuts and cheeses.
We all contributed something and stood around devouring our lunch.

Artisanal Training Centre - Ifrane

Ifrane's cult landmark is the stone lion that sits on a patch of grass near the Hotel Chamonix. It was carved by a German soldier during WWII, when Ifrane was used briefly as a prisoner of war camp, in exchange for the prisoner's freedom. It commemorates the last wild Atlas lion which was shot near here in the early 1920's.
 Stork's nest in the gables.

 The 2nd day of September is the public holiday where the lamb is slaughtered.
I guess this is one way to get your lamb home!!
 The Centre of vocational training in handcrafts at the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity through the high-potential projects which based on integration of young people through training. It allows them to consider their future career with knowledge passed on by renowned master craftsmen,

 Cane weaver with a stand to hold the Koran while being read.

 Weaving beautiful cloth.

 Rug making.

 Carpet weaving.

 Basket weaving.

 Along the road to Azrou.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Roman City of Volubilis

Visible from the nearby holy town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune and from higher points throughout the valley, Volublisis is one of Morocco's best preserved Roman ruins located between the Imperial cities of Fez and Meknes, on a fertile plain surrounded  by wheat fields and olive groves.
Established before the Christian Era.
Overlooking hillside Moulay from the musuem.
 Many homes with colourful carpets airing and drying.
 Overlooking the olive groves, native to this region.
While the city continued to grow well into the second and third centuries AD, when the the majority of the buildings still visible were built, it is believed that the 42 hectare walled city was once home to 20,000 residents. With wealth generated from local olive production, many grand residences, complete with stunning mosaic tile work, were constructed as were public hammams, triumphal arches and parliament buildings.

 Beautiful mosaic work.

 Flying Geese, been around for a long time!!

 Stork's nest


Known as The Blue Pearl.
Distinctive powder blue buildings surround the hill top city, like a religious rather than a stylish decision, Jewish teachings suggest that by dyeing thread with tekhelel, an ancient dye, people would be reminded of God's power.
The memory of this tradition lives on in the regularly repainted blue buildings.

 Tiled entrances to the homes.

 Our hilltop hotel had several levels of rooms. 3 of us were on the top 2nd level, which meant a climb with a stunning view overlooking the city. Each level had a foyer, looking from our level.
Our little foyer with our 3 rooms off it.
 Walking down to breakfast.
Sadly the pool was closed, starting of sunrise, looking forward to another day.

 Interesting door entrances.

 Chefchaouen is a popular shopping destination as it offers many native handcrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, eg wool and woven blankets. Goats cheese native to the area is popular.
 Our hilltop climb to the hotel, luggage went by car, was a 30 minute walk through the medina. Tiring after a long day, it was easier in the morning. Setting up the shops for the medina.
No time for shopping.
 On the way to Fes, the fields grow maize, the brown is the left over stalks ground into the dark black soil. Looking toward the Atlas mountains.
 For John.