photo dump

June 16, 2011

We went on our tour of the medina today, really amazing!


I mostly just got pictures of some of the archetecture we saw, and the tanneries.  It didn’t seem like a good idea to just snap photos of the locals.


The view from above the tanneries in Fes

The tanneries really were pretty strong smelling, but you would have thought they were way worse from the way my classmates were whining.  The tour guide told us that it was decided by whoever decides these things that working here is the third hardest jobs on the planet.  He added that the first was crab fishing in alaska, after which one of my classmates chimed in “No it isn’t, being a mother is!”


More images of the tanneries follow:



Next up, I’ve got a string of photos from from the Madrasa, an Islamic school set up by the Islamic University in Fes (which, apparently, is the oldest university in the world.)

The handsome one is in the middle.

Group Shot!

This shit was crazy. The courtyard of this school is HUGE, and the walls are covered with engraved plaster.  All that detail work was done by hand, and is about a half an inch deep.  The pictures really don’t do it any justice.

These mosaics were on the walls below the plaster, going from the gound to about shoulder height. They were also done on the wall, piece by piece.  I usually find people who gush over stuff like this distasteful, but this was simply one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

This one is a little farther back, to give a sense of scale.  When I said the mosaics started at shoulder height, maybe I meant head height.  That is our tour guide on the far left.


I’ve got to move locations, but there’s more to come later tonight or perhaps tomorrow afternoon.






9 Responses to “photo dump”

  1. LOVE THESE-more please, please, please…

  2. Claudia Walker Says:

    Jordan, your blog is excellent. Keep up the good work. Thank you so much for sharing your trip.

  3. I’m wildly jealous of your travels.

  4. Mrs. Ryan Says:

    Isn’t Marrakech also known for its tanneries? What’s the deal with Morocco and tanneries?

  5. kim henry Says:

    Interesting and great photos, Jordan, … it just looks fascinating.

  6. Mona Says:

    Jordan ~ Your so in tune ~ appreciating the marvelous artwork done in the architecture ~ the mosaic tile details- Morocco is full of great surprises and wonderful people too ~ yes and cats everywhere 🙂 🙂 Hope you you can understand their Arabic dialect ~ as it’s VERY different

  7. Mona Says:

    I am sure your Arabic is great bet it is better then mine ~ Oh and there is always sign language ~ One day should you ever go to Saudi Arabia- Jordan and Palestine ~ you will have no problem understanding the language as it is very close to fus-haa ~ the Lebanese have a bit of darija sort of like a southern drag lol – btw~ watch cartoons on t.v. in Arabic I am sure you will have no problem understanding all cartoons are in fus-haa

  8. Chris Says:

    Just found this!!! Great work Jordan !

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