August 15 – We took a Grand Taxi from Moulay Idris to Meknes and from Meknes took a Grand Taxi to Fes, where we visited the Poterie de Fes shop and clarified our purchase of two ceramic tables and chairs and to where they should be shipped.
Poterie de Fes (© Mervin Smucker)
In the late afternoon we took a long 4 hour bus ride (on awful roads!) from Fes to the town of Chefchouen in the North which is famous for its blue-rinsed houses and buildings.
August 14 – Today we took a train from Rabat to Meknes. From Meknes we arranged a Taxi to Moulay Idriss where we met Julia’s friend, Kristin and her Moroccan friend for lunch. In 789 Moulay Idriss I arrived at that place, founded the town and brought the Islam. The Mausoleum of Idriss I is also located here.
The town of Moulay Idriss (© Mervin Smucker)
Together we visited the grand Roman Ruins Volubilis nearby. In the 3rd century BC Volubilis as a Berber settlement and flourished with the Romans in the 1st century AD but given up in the 3rd century AD. Volubilis had some well preserved mosaics and the triumphal arch of Caracalla.
The Arch of Caracalla (© Mervin Smucker)
Later we met and danced with the „Street Musicians“, who we had met earlier in our taxi from Meknes to Moulay Idris. We spent the night in Moulay Idriss.