19 Dec to 27 Dec 2003
27 Dec to 04 Jan 2004.
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We started our tour of Meknes at the Place el Hedim
At one end of it are the Bab Mansour gates:
some of the finest in Morocco.
To one side of the Place el Hedim is the covered market.
The care with which the vendors display their produce is breathtaking.
Roundabout, as in all medinas, there is a maze of alleyways and shops.
Lunch for the Christmas group was a chilly affair.
The building was beautiful though!
Not everyone did the long walk out to the granaries.
This 1km-long section of walls shows the magnitude of Moulay Ismail's plans: these are two of the triple defensive walls.
The arched roofs of two of the vast granaries survived the 1755 earthquake.
Alongside the roofed granaries is a 130m long row of roofless granaries.
Outside, around the town, one can ride in a caleche.
Seeing things like an elegant gateway
that does not even rate a name in the guide books
The Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail is a magnificent building.
This is the ceiling of the chamber adjacent to his tomb.
A stop along the way at a lookout point with roadside souvenir vendors' stalls.
Here is the start of the cedar forest.
And here is one of the Macaques, hoping it is going to be fed.
The Christmas group ate their lunch in this sunny forest glade.
The New Year group had greyer weather.
However, many of them had the compensation of an enjoyable walk, further up the road.
The New Year group also were able to visit the Monday market at El-Hajeb.
The Christmas group, instead, explored briefly visited the waterfalls near Ifrane.
Here Ahmed el Cohen shows the palace gates.
Eight days later, Alami does the same.
The Bab Boujeloud and, showing through the arch, our favourite lunch-time cafe.
The balconies of the Mellah.
We noticed the kids had household chores to do.
And the harsh punishment for forgetting to do their homework!
Lectures at the spice shop.
The tanneries, with houses beyond.
And more detail of the tanning process.
Bargaining in shops.
Seeing the weavers at work.
And trying-on their products.
A craftsman with a hand-driven lathe uses his foot to steady the tool.
A blacksmith in his workshop.
The Maitre d'hotel sets out the drinks before Christmas Dinner.
And the evening commences.
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