Recently the Modern Karibou team found itself slithering through the ancient streets of Morocco's oldest imperial city. Fez, aka Fes, is renowned for it's beautiful blue and white pottery, a historic medina, and corner after corner of unexpected surprises. Enjoying the charm of Fez is amazingly easy to do.
I came to Morocco for the riads - homes built around a centre courtyard to provide security and an oasis within the city walls. Dar Bensouda is beautiful example:
Fassi pottery is typically blue, but there are so many options to choose from. It's hard to decide when everything looks perfect grouped together and piled high.
Take a peek into the courtyard of the Karaouiyine Mosque established in 859. The ablutions basin is carved from a single block of marble:
Sofitel Fes Palais Jamai offers panoramic views of the winding medina sitting in the valley below. It is a former palace featuring traditional Moorish decor.
Layer upon layer of carpet and tile add interest to a bedroom floor.
Interiors range from ornate and elaborate to simplistic and modern.
The Riad Laaroussa Hotel is in a perfect location to navigate the medina. Listen to the call to prayer from a rooftop living space: dream in a room with a soaring ceiling and double-story wooden doors. The service is absolutely impeccable.
The souks offer a dizzying array of glitzy gowns, nuts and candies, leather wares, sparkling lanterns, olive vendors, muling mules, colourful djellabas, fragrant spices, used shoes, musical instruments, pungent perfumeries, and on and on...
Turn into tiny courtyards to find pottery shops with all sorts of wares.