Travels Through Morocco - The City of Fes, The Final Chapter

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Make your way to the tanneries of Fes for an absolute sensory overload.

This was an experience that we've been told by practically everyone that you must do when you're in this city - visit the Tanneries of Fes. There are several tanneries in the city - with Chouara Tannery the largest and thereby being the main tourist attraction. The tanneries are concealed in the maze of alleyways that scatter across the city, which make them extremely difficult to locate and thus they're easy to miss.

Another thing we were told before we made our visit - you certainly smell it before you see it. They were absolutely right. As we made our way down the narrow, winding streets towards where we thought the tanneries were, the scent hit us immediately like a wall. It was a sharp and pungent smell, not exactly disgusting but not a pleasant smell at all. To be honest, it almost made us want to turn around and head back to the hostel!

However we pushed on and came across an inconspicuous looking shop, not drawing any attention to itself whatsoever. They were selling all kinds of leather goods, from bags to belts, and jackets to shoes. As we approached closer, a man sitting outside thrust some mint leaves into our hand and barked "You want to see tannery?!" Taken aback, we nodded our heads and he led us upstairs, explaining that the mint leaves were to hide the smell. As we climbed up winding staircases through the shop, we were surrounded by hundreds, maybe even thousands, of leather merchandise. We finally got to the top and what we saw took our breath away.

Chouara Tannery, Fes
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Through our mint leaf breathing-masks, we gasped at the sight that beheld us. We didn't know where to look. Beneath us were perfectly round tanning pools of all different colours, with colour-soaked workers dipping in and out of them, sweating under this intense Moroccan sun. To our left on a Moroccan rooftop were some animal leathers drying in the sun. And surrounding us was the modest but beautiful Fes city skyline. We stood there for many a moment, taking in the sights and absorbed by the workers, seemingly mechanical in their work.

As the man who led us up approached again and broke us from our almost meditative state, I instinctively reached into my pockets and went to pay him some Dirhams for showing us to the top of this terrace (instinctive because unfortunately in Morocco, locals have a habit of demanding money for doing seemingly friendly acts like pointing directions or even taking a photo). However, this man shook his head and told us we didn't need to pay, but asked that we at least browsed his wares, but made it clear that we had no obligation to buy. Stunned by his kindness and humility, we did just that. The leather products seemed to me as un-manufactured and authentic, so much so that I ended buying a camel leather belt!

This was personally my last day in Fes and it was time to bid farewell to my newfound companion, Leo. So we walked back to the hostel (past the usual Fes sights of donkeys and cat sanctuaries!)

I was sad to leave this wonderful city, still rich in it's authenticity from days of old. It felt like stepping back in time hundreds of years, where you're surrounded by intense sights and smells - enough to give your senses a shock. While sorry to leave this place, I was excited because my next destination was at the absolute top of my list for Morocco to visit. This would be the last place I visit, and what a way to end the tour of Morocco.

With that, I left the hostel and took the four hour bus into the Kif Mountains, where something wondrous awaited me - The City of Chefchaouen, The Blue Pearl

The Tanneries of Fes, Morocco


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🌏 | Fes, Morocco
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Over the next few weeks I'll be trekking through Morocco and I'll be share with you my thoughts, feelings, tips and warnings about visiting each place along the way. Being a photographer, I will be doing this while sharing my photos with all of you too! I sincerely hope you all enjoy.

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Wow..all photography so amazing thanks for sharing..

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And thanks for stopping by!

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Welcome..Sir

A city full of paints!

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Yeah its stunning!!

Have spent 2 years in Morocco, and some places I love is Oualidia between Safi and El Jadida on coast line with its lagoon reminding me of the Blue Lagoon movie, the sacred place of Chella in Rabat with its big eels in the pond of fresh water with direct access to the kings chambers, the sardines served at the port in Safi, The great city of Ifrane reminding me very much of the swiss alps, The very tranquil town of Essaouira where its location at the seaside yet 70 meters below sealevel makes it a steady 20-22 degress celcius all year long, its a great place for windsurfers and on the world cup tour, and by far my favourite in Morocco simply due to its tranquility. So much more down there to enjoy especially the Tajine when ordered at some of restaurants along the road, or the cous cous when served with lamb especially when the lamb is less than 1 year old etc.

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I've heard of Ifrane and Essaouira (both of which I hugely wanted to go to), particular because I love to windsurf but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to go. Maybe next time! But these other places that you mention seem absolutely gorgeous. I've given them a quick search and Oualidia doesn't even look like Morocco anymore. But saying that, neither does Ifrane. I agree with you, it looks like a village in the alps more than a Moroccan town.

Hugely envious that you managed to spend 2 years in Morocco, I bet you've seen some things whilst being here. Keep on travelling, friend! :)

Traveling, traveling and traveling...
It will heal anyone and anything...
People like you who are in love with traveling and sharing their experiences with others are aspiring people... Well done and go ahead my friend...️️

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Like your quote of Life. Followed , upvoted and resteemed your post.

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nice.. well said

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It's my honor...🙏💓
Are you sure you just resteemed that post ... ? 🤔

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Yes Sir! I did resteem your post.

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Well, it seems you mean : @seetheworld.sgp
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Love your work! Keep it up!

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Thanks so much, this is why I do it. To help other people become inspired to see the world and go out of their comfort zones, and broaden the mind! It makes me so happy knowing people want to visit a certain place after reading my post, I feel like I've done my duty :)

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That's absolutely right ✌️

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Yes correct traveling heals all wounds of life and gives freshness to monotonous life.It fill life with colors and help develop as a human being

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That's how it should be 💪

Morocco is just amazing!!

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Absolutely interesting and informative post and those really wonderful captures are really impressive. The life at Tanneries seems to be fairly challenging and pretty arduous. Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks, glad you found it useful. To be honest it doesn't look like easy work, so good on them!

Your pictures look like they could be a painting. Must have been a surreal experience.

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It was absolutely surreal, especially with the nauseating small. But the views were utterly worth it! Thanks for stopping by @leggy23 :)

Really loving this series. Finally decided to give you a follow :)

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Woo I've seen you here a few times but glad to have you on the team @programmingvalue! :)

Amazing city! I love it!!

The quality of your pictures is amazing! it still surprises me that there are so many places in the world where we can find wonderful things and most of us don't have any idea that those places exist. Thank you for sharing and looking forward to more footage from Morocco.

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Really appreciate it! To be honest I didn't know this existed too until I actually got to Fes, but it's well worth a visit. It's absolutely stunning (if you can handle the smell)!

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This is really good post . I like travelling and now inspire all to travel to know the world.
But first discover your neighborhood. Because The whole world is big and start always from small things.

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im from morocco thank you bro

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Thanks for having me@laciri, your country is breathtaking!!

How very cool. I spent 3 months in Morocco. I have many of those same photos. I loved Fez.

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This is beautiful, I wish I took some snaps from this angle!

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Beautiful photography.
I am also a good traveler and I will share some moments in the near future too.

@seetheworld.sgp
your pictures are breathtakingly beautiful and real !!!! It's like experiencing Tanneries of Fes in real time. Loved Loved just Loved it

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This is why I do this, so so humbled by your comment @thatsrimi, honestly its put a smile to my face. Glad you were able to imagine being there!

awesome post and hard work you did much appreciated...

Great places! Great photos

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Love this! I need to travel asap.

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Thanks so much! I hope you get to.

Morocco is a place of wonderful wonderment, beautiful beauty, incredible incredibles. The tannery photos are stunning - congrats on another great post here!

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Honestly this photo is gorgeous. Really wanted to take back a tagine plate but it wouldn't fit :(

Owh My God, i really wish that I could visit Moroco someday. I've put a notification to my travel application to get a cheap price..

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Aww I'm glad! Good luck in your trip search and safe travels for when you do go 😄

All pictures taken with a Samsung S8? I might need to reconsider my phone situation.
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I also use my Canon sometimes too!

That is so cool, I wished I could travel more but kids, house, family...lol

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Haha agreed, this is why I don't wanna settle for at least a decade!

Love your work! Keep it up!

Are you a leather businessman here?Or do you do anything other than.Are you interested in anything other than?

  1. Is this a travelling agency?
  2. Is this a salami dead industry?
    3)What is done with so much skin?What is made of leather here
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I'm a solo traveller wanting to share my experience with other people around the world. Definitely not a leather businessman if that even exists haha

Very informative post about Morocco. I wish I have enough money to travel abroad like you. How ever I want to invite you to Bangladesh to visit it and make post with her. I think you will enjoy.13119944_600319910143946_637430853969382456_o.jpg

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That photos gorgeous, reminds me of the rice fields of the Philippines too... Ugh I need to visit!

Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.@seetheworld.sgp

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Definitely agree with that!

I hope to visit it one day

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I hope you can too :)

es un lugar hermoso, quisiera tener dinero para poder conocerlo, viajar es una de las mejores cosas que ofrece la vida, conocer culturas nuevas y otras costumbres, es algo maravilloso

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No idea what this means but thanks for stopping by friend :)!

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XD. please vote for me

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All my votes have been used :)

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ok, anyway thanks friend, greetings!

Wondering is best part of life. Good post keep the good work up.

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Always wonder and always wander.

Wow photography amazing.

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Very nice pictures, keep up the great work. Like Mc Donalds, I'm loving it...

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Hahaha love it!

Places are just like we are in dreams, would really want to visit such place seems to be really very amazing.

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I hope you get to one day! At least here's an insight :)

The quality of your pictures is amazing

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Thanks @saddam97, good to have you on the journey.

I'm interested in traveling to Morocco. Nice post.

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Let us know how you get on! Good luck and safe travels.

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please give me one vote i am new user.

Thanks for sharing your experiences in Morocco. I spent many months there and was sad I never got to see Fes, so it's really nice to read about it from someone who has actually seen it!

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Thanks @wayfare. Honestly I heard mixed reviews but I needed to see it for myself. I'm glad this has informed you about the city though. So jealous you got to spend months here, thats amazing!

outstanding captured

Nice post. The storied tannery is the largest.

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Its pretty damn big!

@seetheworld.sgp
It is a wonderful post.The details captured are just awesome.Gives a first hand account of things and gives a feel as if i myself am travelling .Very lucid style of writing .Great post. Your flair for photography is applauded .Pl keep us posted with your future posts too.
Thanx

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Cheers so much! Keep updated, glad to have you on the trip.

Awesome images with Morocco beauty really like it, appreciate you for sharing this nice information on Morocco and its beauty thanks

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And thanks for stopping by!

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Most welcome dear

Hey congratulation @seetheworld.sgp for your awesome pictures, the pictures looks beautiful just like Morocco city.
I am also traveler so this post will inspired people like me, so thank u for sharing looking forward to see your next post.

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This is why I do what I do, @pradeeprakshe. So glad you got inspired and good to have you here!

Your all articles are amazing &very interesting...always good work keep it up.

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That really means a lot to me, thanks so much <3

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What an excellent post! Wow, your photos are amazing and really bring life to your story. It's so cool that you did them with your S8, because I have that same exact phone! (And it does take very good pics, I've got some nice ones too)
I never really knew anything about tanneries or Morocco, so I appreciate the value you brought with sharing your experience here. Super cool!

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Thanks so much, you're too kind! And I know right?? The S8 is a surprisingly good tool for taking photos, as long as the composition is correct and after a few tweaks post edit, it can come up with some brilliant results. Anyway thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the content!

very nice post you gave so much information about morocco and the images are so vivid and so bright thanks for sharing such a nice post i ll be looking forward to your next post definitely deserve a vote and comment so here it is
stay healthy and stay blessed

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Thanks so much buddy!

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don't mention that i like your post it was very good so i shared my thought about

Looks like a great experience. Looking forward to hearing about your next adventure. Btw great pictures!

Absolutely interesting and informative post and those really wonderful captures are really impressive. The life at Tanneries seems to be fairly challenging and pretty arduous. Thanks for sharing.

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It does indeed seem pretty tiring!

thanks my friend for the post because travel makes one modest. you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world. for a peaceful mind, one should travel once in a month...........

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I absolutely agree!

Very interesting and informative post, i appreciate you on your work

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Glad you found it useful!

nature and culture is really a very interesting place.Thanks for the writing

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No problem, makes me happy to write.

Wow! This is lovely. I don't believe that Africa is this beautiful.

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Well you'd better believe it :D

Hermoso pais, gracias por publicarlo

I have already been there "in UNCHARTED" but I can say that it is a fabulous place..

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That's amazing, glad you think its fabulous too.

keep up discovering a new places! Great photos

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I will do, and always happy to share!

FANTASTICAS IMÁGENES ME ENCANTAN!!! :)

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amazing pics, amazing place!!! (especially the first)

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Thanks so much, I'm so glad the colours came out!

Fucking crazy project! Incredible! A totally expresion of art this world! What inspiration have you done here! Is not with me, and i'm exiting! @seerheworld.spg

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It was a pretty awesome trip!

Hi @seetheword Beautiful your art.

It is always amazing to see old crafts being preserved!

Thank you for sharing!

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Glad to have you here!

Great pictures! The colors are just amazing the way they contrast with all the tan.

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Honestly I can't describe how stunning it was.

SIMPLEMENTE INCREÍBLE, gracias por mostrarnos un lugar en el mundo muy inusual, Dios los bendiga!

very nice

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Thanks muchly!

These are some really stunning pictures, great work!

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Thanks so much!

Travelling give us refreshment, it's like a Charging for human soul and Morocco - The City of Fes is a awesome place.
You Clicked Such a Beautiful Images well done.

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Its the most refreshing thing one can do. I think everyone should travel if they can, even locally. Change keeps the mind engaged and challenged.

Such a great experience brother ,generally people always see around and move forward but some people see and abserve everything around them . Thank you for sharing this experience, more want to see

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Definitely, more people should do this.

Stunning!🔥 The smell at the leather tanning must be terrible right?

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Keep sharing! Looks gorgeous!

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travels educate

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The is are da dope pictures ever with phone. Well done man. I wish I would visit Morocco.

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Thanks dude!

Excellent photography my friend.

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Thanks, much appreciated.

Nice photo shoot, I just wonder how the smells in the place where they are coloring the leathers and drying them...

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As I said it smells... lets say.. interesting :D

Impresionante y muy bonito📷

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Thanks! Gracias :)

Beauty Travel morocos.! Plz Like In my post.!

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You @seetheworld.sgp, I just read your post it good .l truely like your spot.

You @seetheworld.sgp, I just read your post it good .l truely like your spot.

sorry if I miss the answer, but what were all the "yellow" animals on the rooftop? at first it looked like a giant yellow and white puzzle, perfectly fitting together.

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Not sure, I don't think it's camel so probably cow? No idea :D

A world of wonderful colors!!!

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Its a gorgoeous place!

really is very beautiful morocco, I'll go some day, by the way very very good photos

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Cheers so much :D

This place looks so beautiful!

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Yeah it really is.

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my dream to visit morocco a least one in a life...your photo is breathtaking

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I really hope you get to!!

Nice post .Hope I can travel on this stunning place .

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I hope you can too :)

the place looks so quiet to me. I think it's a good place to have some peaceful mind.

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Its not that quiet actually! Lots of people, locals and tourists milling around!

wow this is so nice....! I wish I could witness that too :)
please follow me also :)

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I'm sure one day you can :)

love this one !!!

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Thanks so much <3

you are just amazing, Love your work, and your beautiful photography

wow amazing pict

The pictures were lit.......... So awesome and detailed posts...... Now Morocco is on my lists.
Cheers....

Enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing. The city is absolutely unique...

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Its like stepping back in time :o

How much did it cost you to travel can u elaborate bcoz I too wanna go there

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Flights were about £120 from London and my hotels/hostels averaged at £8-£15 per night. Meals were like £2-3 each and travel is cheap! Like £25 across the country by bus and more expensive by train.

Beautiful images of beautiful scenery, thank you very much for sharing.

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No problem, and thanks!

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Tanneries of Fez, Morrocco!! Reminiscing of my visit to the Tanneries of KANO ( though, moribund), Nigeria which sight was a "wow" picturesque as those I am beholding here. But the odour was something else!!
I hope your experience in this regard will not as bad.
Good narrations! Good experience!!

Travelling Make You More Experience and get new hopes and positive vibes from stress out ... work let. #traveling

Excellent story and very colorful photos.

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Colourful city to be fair.

WOW, the shot you took look so great. Morocco is one of those place that is on everybody's bucket list for travel. Hoping, I will also travel to this wonderful place.

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Hope you can venture there soon too. :)

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And yourself too!

This kind of place is out of others world. No one like to go there cause of mainly disgusting place and for the smell. But who work there they love their work. It really hard goes there who never went that kind of place. I really appreciate that you go there, click photos and share your experience.

Thank you, @seetheworld.sgp

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Glad they like it. It seems like tough work! And definitely worth the smell.

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Very nice

Keep it up bro!!9cc job

beautifull

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that's really lovely place...

Wow! I mean seriously WOW! Love to go Morocco.

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I hope one day that you do! And thanks :)

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This is amazing, thanks so much for letting me know. An honour to be curated by them!

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Can anyone tell me what is that yellowish thing in photo???

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That's the leather!

Great.... Naturally beautiful...

Stunning area! the best and maximum beautiful things inside the global cannot be seen or maybe touched - they have to be felt with the coronary heart. the vicinity is incredible, and the photos are the first rate.

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Definitely, thanks!

Once I visited this beautiful country. Loved their food a lot. One dish probably named 'harira chicken soup' still I can remember.

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Sounds delicious! Glad you loved the place.

very impressive the way that you do the description that you wrote and the additional photos increasingly give a sense of happiness when I read your travel notes

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Thanksss 😄

See i am a sailor , i travelled a lot. but still after reading your post feels like i am again visiting der :-)

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That makes me so happy to read! I'm sure you've had some incredible experiences too!

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Yeah...i do :-)

The pictures are so amazing make me wish I'm in Morocco right now

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Aww hopefully someday you can get to explore Morocco too!

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Yeah, hopefully

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hello i m just new to steemit i found your post image of your post made me to read your post . Pic were to cool and the was was very informative about tanner world...

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Welcome to steemit friend! Hope you enjoy your stay here 😄

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thank you.. friends like you make me stay here.

We live so focused on our job and problems, that we miss this amazing experiences. I would love to travel some place like that in the near future. Take care 😄

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Thanks muchly friend :)