Day 6, Beginning of Tour, on the road from Casablanca to Meknes and Fez
Stops at Meknes and the Roman ruins.
Watch a movie of our dinner and show in Fez
Fields of almond, orange, and other fruit trees.
Make up your own explanation as to what this structure is!
An interesting bridge! (our driver in photo)
A university, there are many!
Huge residential buildings.
The one cow I saw on the whole 15 day trip!
The "interstate" had a concrete barrier instead of a chain link fence for many miles.
Teodem is an organization in the business services industry located in Rabat, Morocco.
Sheep and goats adjacent to the roads.
Rock cart with a donkey, I did the same in 1969 but I had a tractor pulling the cart.
Abdellah, our guide for the next 7 days
Gate to a walled area
A Meknes castle where a Sultan kept 1000 Arabian Horses
The stables for the horses was destroyed during an earthquake in 1755
The portion of the stables that survived.
The well and the mechanism to bring water up for the horses.
The portion that the roof caved in.
Driving through the town of Meknes
The market in Meknes
Outside the door to the restaurant were two ladies begging.
On the road to Fez
Cactus that us grown for the fibers inside, the fibers which they weave for cloth!
The city of Fertassa on the way!
On to the 2000 year old Roman town of Volubilis
Volubilis (Berber: Walili, Arabic: وليلي) is a partly excavated Berber and Roman city in Morocco situated near the city of Meknes, and commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. Built in a fertile agricultural area, it developed from the 3rd century BC onward as a Berber, then proto-Carthaginian, settlement before being the capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD onward and expanded to cover about 42 hectares (100 acres) with a 2.6 km (1.6 mi) circuit of walls. The city gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century, including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Its prosperity, which was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors.
The city fell to local tribes around 285 and was never retaken by Rome.
The town of Fertassa nearby
The amazing mosaic floors
Abdella checking out the spa!
The other half that has yet to be excavated.
Off on the way to Fez.
Across this mountain range facing north is where the best rif is grown. Pot exported to western Europe much to the Netherlands. Small amounts are still exported as long as they do not exceed a small percentage of agricultural exports/ From the sixteenth century cannabis was grown nationwide in Morocco on a small scale for local use, in gardens and orchards, but it was only in the 18th century that the Rif region in the far north became a noted center of production, as it is today.
A dam near Ctre Mikkess was built on the river to provide a constant supply for the country, I saw pipelines being laid all across the country all stemming from this lake.
Dinner and show (Watch a movie of our
dinner and show in Fez)
Ceiling in the venue
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