Old World


I found many doors on my epic trip but I decided I’ll post them randomly so I’ll be bouncing around different countries.  Last week, I posted a door from Iceland.  For today’s Thursday Doors post, I am bouncing over to Morocco.

It was an 18-day tour so we visited many cities, each unique in its own way.  The city that many of you might picture in your minds about Morocco based on some movies or photos might be Old Fes, or Old Fez (both spellings are correct).  The small alleyways lined with shops selling food, rugs, metal ware, clothing, leather goods and all kinds of other goods as well as the crowds of people (many tourists) is an interesting place.  However, in today’s world of the COVID-19 pandemic, I don’t think I would enjoy walking in those crowded narrow alleyways.  The Old Medina is a UNESCO Heritage Site and was founded between 789 and 808 AD as the capital of Morocco.  Besides being famous for having the oldest university in the world, the University of Al-Karaouine, Fes el Bali (Old Fez), with a total population of 156,000, is also believed to be the biggest car-free urban area in the world.  More information can be founded in Wikipedia HERE

As we entered the gates and alleyways of Old Fez I saw this interesting, colorful and small door and it was like Alice in Wonderland going through the rabbit hole from there.

The first door shot as we entered Old Fez (and a portion of another door).

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This is a shot of Old Fez from a high overlook.  Imagine getting lost somewhere down there.

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Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

10 thoughts on “Old World

    1. Thanks, Norm. Your fears would be valid; our guides tried to tell us how to find the place to lead you out of the Old Medina but if I got separated from the group I probably would not remember anything he said. However, you would feel like you won the lottery if you visited because of all those doors!

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  1. Definitely “old”! But quaint:) Hope they have progressed there in time. When I wanted to go there, I was told it was not advisable for a woman to walk the streets alone … have you noticed anything about that aspect of the culture?

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      1. Not their religion? What was it -sexual attack, drugs, or?The culture of the women in the Moslim and underdeveloped countries are the hardest to understand.

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  2. Thanks, Deborah. It was the Maze Runner or some spy movie with all of these intersecting narrow alleyways under the stone Old Medina (they built a new Medina to the west side). Of all of the cities we visited in Morocco, Fes is close to what I could imagine how it would look if I had not visited in person. There were some great photo opts but traveling in a group of 40 people meant street photography techniques or get lost (we did lose our tour at one city but fortunately our guide found us and we had to find the group that with the local guide).

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