Bronze Lamps, Berber Silver – and Nougat!

Hanging Lamps

Hanging Lamps

In Fes I went to the lamp store I had in mind from the last time I was here. I passed the Place an-Nejjarine that has one of the many beautifully decorated fountains and a restored fondouk that is now a museum. At the Carpenters’ Souk just next to the fountain I saw some of the extravagant thrones used in weddings; these thrones make our Indian red velvet ones look modest!

Nougat Seller

Nougat Seller

I spent the greater part of the day haggling and now have some stunning Moroccan handmade bronze lamps on their way to India. While waiting for the owner’s brother or brother-in-law or partner (I really do need to learn some Arabic or French!) I wandered off to check what the other stores had to offer. Nougat was what I found. The lady spoke no English but after discussion using a calculator (if you don’t speak the local language, don’t leave home without it) I had some of her fabulous nougat and later went back for seconds! Very addictive and terrible for you!

I also managed to buy some lovely Berber jewellery and had several glasses of orange juice on my “rests” while walking up and down the medina. The old, walled city of Fes el Bali is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is charming with the lack of anything but donkeys as vehicles transporting goods. Although daunting at first it is fairly easy to navigate once you get your bearings; it’s much like the gallis of old Delhi or Lucknow but more uniform.

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