The medina (walled city) in Fez is the oldest and largest one in Morocco. We spent over 6 hours there today, exploring the narrow streets, admiring the beautiful goods for sale and enjoying a day amidst the hustle and bustle of a Saturday in Fez. Everyone was very friendly although some of the sellers were a little pushy. Our guide, Mohammed, was very informative about this UNESCO world heritage site, built in the 9th century.
We visited the ancient Jewish quarter of the Medina. There is a rich history of Judaism in Morroco, although sadly not very many Jews remain.
We entered the medina through the famous Blue Gate. You can see that the exiting side is green.
Another highlight, although quite smelly, was a visit to the tannery. There, over 600 families ply their centuries old craft of turning goat, cow and camel hide into leather goods. Although smelly, the view from the top was awesome!
We also saw the river that used to divide the medina into 2 sections (Spanish and Tunisian) but is now connected by a bridge.
A visit to the medina of Fez is a must if you are here. Be sure to have good walking shoes and water. Have questions about our visit to Fez? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently on a 14 day transatlantic cruise. We left from Fort Lauderdale Florida and will end in Barcelona Spain. There are 8 long days at sea before our first port call, which will be in the Canary Islands. I’m loving long days at sea, lots of trivia, music, good food and spending time with my beloved and my best friend
Congratulations to us! We are now official residents of Mexico. We have our green cards and can come in and out as we please. We no longer have to get tourist visas to enter. At this time we have a 4 year temporary residency. We intend to apply for permanent residency at the end of those 4 years.
If you are not in Mexico you can apply for residency at any Mexican Consulate but the process is much more complicated (but still doable).
It was very helpful to have Vikki and Carlos of Mexican Expat Services assist us, every step of the way. If you have questions or are interested in applying for Mexican residency, they can help. Contact them through WhatsApp at +52 999 112 4795. They also have a wonderful Facebook page .
It gives us a lot of peace of mind to have residency. We are very happy in our Mexican home!
About 30 minutes from Merida is the charming little town of Motul. It’s a great place for a day trip. The town is the birthplace of Huevos Motulenos. This is a delicious dish of egg, tortilla and beans, covered with a tomato sauce. We ate at the famous Done Evelia’s and then enjoyed a delightful morning of shopping and exploring the town. Enjoy the pictures.
Pok-Ta–Pok is an ancient Mayan ball game, that was played thousands of years ago as part of a sacred, sacrificial ceremony, pitting good against evil. The general belief is that the ball, five pounds of solid rubber, could only be hit with forearms and thighs. The goal of the game was to maneuver the ball through a stone hoop extending from a wall. It is said that the winner of the game was sacrificed, supposedly a high honor.
Pok-Ta-Pok ball courts can still be found at Mayan archeological sites, such as Chichen Itza, and Uxmal.
You can now experience this ancient game right here in Merida.
The show is held Wednesdays at 8 p.m, in front of the Merida Cathedral in Centro.
Entrance is free but assigned seating is limited. We had a great, safe time!
While Covid infections are on the rise here in Merida it is important to find outdoor, socially distanced and masked events to attend. We’d love to hear your suggestions.