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Friday Flowers - Tulipmania
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Spring Has Sprung...
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Let the Games Begin
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Happy Fourth of July
Martha Says "It's a Good Thing"
Ode to Summertime
Million Dollar Furniture
Memories of Morocco: Le Jardin Majorelle
Memories of Morocco: The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Treasures of Marrakech
Obscenely Beautiful Things – A Small Update
Home Again... Dallas in Bloom
The Family who Wanders Together...
Trend Setting: All Aboard the Marrakech Express
Obscenely Beautiful Things
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The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie
The Art of the Room
The Color of Love...
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Living Large in Small Spaces
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La Mode de Gaultier
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My Talented Staff II
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a la Michelangelo...
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It all began with Cole
Un Petit Symposium
Memories of Morocco: A Day Trip to Fes
“I haven’t been everywhere,
but it’s on my list.”
- Susan Sontag
Toward the end of the Design Leadership Network seminar Cole and I attended in Morocco, we took an excursion to Fes (in Morocco, the spelling of the city is with an S, while the hat is spelled with a Z).
Our group boarding our private charter at Marrakech-Menara airport, bound for Fes.
Fes is the second largest city in Morocco and is comprised of three parts: Fes el Bali (the ninth century walled city), Fes Jdid (the new ((fourteenth century))city), and the Ville Nouvelle (the newest part of Fes, developed by the French). The old city, Fes el Bali, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
One thing you notice right away in Morocco is their love of a grand entrance. Morocco has incredible doors… heavy carved wood or hammered metal, with wonderfully ornate hardware. The entry doors at Dar El Makhzan were no exception.
From the Place des Alaouites, heavy brass doors, made by artisans from Fes el Bali, guard the entrance to Fes’s royal palace and gardens.
Cole snapping pictures of the doors details.
Amazing, large brass knockers.
Shopping the Souk
An archway leading into the medina.
Fes’s souk rivals that of Marrakech for its diversity of wares. If you want to eat it, you can find it here… from the very exotic (escargots, anyone) to the downright abhorrent (goat or camel head… no thanks). But dates and nuts and spices abound, and citrus grows with abandon in this desert climate.
WARNING… this next picture is pretty rough unless you have a real taste for the unusual.
Goats are ubiquitous in Morocco, and their milk is made into the most beautiful cheese rounds, which are sold in the souk wrapped in palm leaves.
Small fruits like cherries are a popular treat in the souk, as well. This gentleman was selling a wonderfully colorful assortment.
One of the most interesting sites in the medina is the leather souk, which houses the oldest leather tannery in the world. Visitors to the tannery (who are not off put by the smell) may stand on the balcony over the pits and observe the tanners working to dye the hides of sheep and goats, turning them into fine leather goods (as we climbed the steps overlooking the tanning vats each of us was given a sprig of mint to hold under our nose as “natural ammonia” is used in the tanning process – or as we know it… urine).
Little has changed in the nine hundred or so years the tannery has been in business. Men still stand thigh deep in the dye pits, turning their own arms and legs brilliant hues from the vegetable dyes they use.
In the dying vats, this gentleman has modernized his process with hip waders. Clever fellow.
Inspired by the hard work of these craftsmen, Cole purchased a great leather jacket. He plans to use it when riding his Harley back home (just teasing). Ralph Lauren has nothing on my husband.
“Don’t tell me how educated you are,
tell me how much you traveled.”
Posted: May 23, 2012