RAINY DAYS IN MEDINAS ALWAYS GET ME DOWN

Dec 31, 2014by tracey Comments

Some parts of trips work out better than others.  Fes admittedly was not our favorite of places. We woke up on day two to a rainy Monday in the Medina.

Now Medinas can be picturesque and intriguing. They can also be cold, damp, slushy, filthy and annoying.  Add to that on rainy days – downright depressing. And again, one is at a terrible disadvantage, you can’t go anywhere on your own as you don’t have a clue as to where the hell you are going. And then if you do get lost, who will lead you back to base camp?

The girls were tired of schlepping. Taylor was fighting a cold. Th rain was cold and damp  so we got the guy who drove us in from the airport to give us the “panoramic tour” of the city.

He was a jolly soul, who while professing to speak English had an odd way of composing his sentences.  He substituted I for you, which many people I know do,  his however was not out of narcissim but confusion.  “I must eat in the that restaurant”  when he meant “You must eat in that restaurant.” I must go that museum – you must go to that museum.”  And the biggie, I must buy some handicrafts, when he meant “you must buy some handcrafts.” And then the part of the sentence that was left out, “If you buy handicrafts, I get kickback.”

Fes is kind of downer of a place to begin with – the rain only added to it. But despite it all we got out and saw and had a lot of laughs.

Though the rest of the day was spent in the lobby on the computer and in the spa, which sometimes has hot water and sometimes does not. Lucy watched Harry Potter in bed. Taylor got a massage and Glenn took one last lap around the Medina with a guide who spoke less English than the one the day before.  Oh, yeah, we also packed to leave.

Taking in the scenery.
Taking in the scenery.
Monday days with no WiFi really gets them down. In fact any day with no WifFi does.
Monday days with no WiFi really gets them down. In fact any day with no WifFi does.

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View out the window.
View out the window.
Gate at Palace.
Gate at Palace. Reminded me of the day we went to The Great Wall and it was minus 10.
At least we didn't have to fight the crowds.
At least we didn’t have to fight the crowds.
On a better day it would have been quite a sight. These are the original gates to Fes. 14th Century.
On a better day it would have been quite a sight. These are the original gates to Fes. 14th Century.

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Jewish Cemetery.
Jewish Cemetery. Couldn’t miss that – right? Fes once had a large Jewish population. Now there are apparently five. Most of them are here.
Jews in a Jewish Cemetery in a Muslim country in the rain. Great opening for something.
Jews in a Jewish Cemetery in a Muslim country in the rain. Great opening for something.
Quaint - Huh?
Quaint – Huh?
"I'm going back to the Riad, I don't care if I don't know where it is."
“I’m going back to the Riad.I don’t care if I don’t know where it is.”