The Road Rises Up
9:03 PM
October 30th, 2012
souk in Fes


souk in Fes

8:45 PM
October 30th, 2012

Catching up

the perils of being on the road… am way behind so on to Fes and finishing up Morocco, then a taste of Hawaii and on to Israel. Have I posted New Orleans?? Okay. Here we go…

9:38 PM
September 17th, 2012

When the structure was completed, Moulay Ismail inspected the gate, asking El-Mansur if he could do better. El-Mansur felt complied to answer yes, making the sultan so furious he had him executed. Still, according to historical records, the gate was finished after Moulay Ismail’s death.

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September 17th, 2012
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September 17th, 2012
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September 17th, 2012

30,000 slaves built the granaries and stables. Hard to capture how huge and amazing they are

9:30 PM
September 17th, 2012
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September 17th, 2012

Meknes

One of the four imperial cities, Meknes was our next stop. We had a wonderful female guide, which gave us a different perspective. All our guides were excellent and gave us a real appreciation for history.

Meknes was the capital under Moulay Ismaïl Ibn Sharif, a sultan noted for his cruelty, who ruled from 1672 to 1727. His walls were adorned with 10,000 head of his enemies, his some 30,000 slaves worked 18 hour days, 7 days a week to build his granaries, stables, palaces, etc. He is said to have fathered and estimated 800-1,042 children with 500 wives and concubines. Voltaire based his sultan character in Candide on him.

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September 17th, 2012
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September 17th, 2012