Fascinating Fez

Ziz Valley

Leaving our desert camp we travelled north towards Fez into the famous Ziz Valley which is a paradise of palm trees that create a lush oasis following an ancient river path across this desert landscape.  Our local guide, Tata, took us to a wonderful local market and then to visit two women’s cooperatives that we will support with our tours - one was a facility where they processed local dates into jams, syrups, and other products.  This was supported by Slow Food. The other was a reed weaving center where they created beautiful baskets and household items.  After a short walk in the palm groves we arrived at Tata’s house where we feasted on roast chicken and fresh veggies from his garden. 

Our guide, Aziz, met us the next morning and took us on a a wonderful exploration of the inner medina including an amazing former koranic school with gorgeous tiles, carved wood and plaster ceilings and walls.  We visited the children’s library that we will support with our tours and then peaked into the great mosque and royal palace where we were not allowed entry.  The street are full of craftspeople and it really is a living culture with metal workers, stone carvers, leather tanners, and more working in the streets and selling their wares. 

Shopping for a leather jacket

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