Fez, Morocco
       
     
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 Interior view of  Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University. One of the oldest Madrasas in the world.
       
     
 Women are able to earn a sustainable wage by working at a carpet factory. They often work tirelessly in pairs. A single carpet can take up to a year to make.
       
     
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 Stray cats are everywhere.
       
     
 Chouara Tannery is almost a thousand years old. Hides are placed in dying pits containing natural dyes. The process has not changed since medieval times.
       
     
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 Alleyways are too narrow for cars so mules are often used to transport heavy loads.
       
     
 Barber on on Rue Talaa Kabira.
       
     
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 Shoe vendor on Rue Talaa Kabira.
       
     
 I was sketching outside of this restaurant and a little boy watched as I drew. He invited me to have lunch at his father's kitchen. I had lentil soup and bread. It was great spending time with these folks.
       
     
 A shoe shiner's hands.
       
     
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 This guy had polka dot boxers on.
       
     
 This beautiful gate, Bab Bou Jeloud, serves as one of the entry points to the medina. On my last day I sat at this corner and watched the rhythms of street life.
       
     
Fez, Morocco
       
     
Fez, Morocco

Founded in the 9th Century, the ancient medina of Fez is a window into another time. It had reached its apex in the 13th and 14th centuries when it had replaced Marrakesh as the capital of this kingdom. Although its status as political capital had been transferred to Rabat in 1912, it remains the cultural hub of Morocco. Its practices, architecture and over 9000 alleyways, have remained the same as they did centuries ago. I loved the weathered walls, narrow streets and bustling markets. I wandered in the maze for a few days, admiring the character of this beautiful time capsule.

FES_007_141107.jpg
       
     
 Interior view of  Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University. One of the oldest Madrasas in the world.
       
     

Interior view of  Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and University. One of the oldest Madrasas in the world.

 Women are able to earn a sustainable wage by working at a carpet factory. They often work tirelessly in pairs. A single carpet can take up to a year to make.
       
     

Women are able to earn a sustainable wage by working at a carpet factory. They often work tirelessly in pairs. A single carpet can take up to a year to make.

FES_006_141107.jpg
       
     
 Stray cats are everywhere.
       
     

Stray cats are everywhere.

 Chouara Tannery is almost a thousand years old. Hides are placed in dying pits containing natural dyes. The process has not changed since medieval times.
       
     

Chouara Tannery is almost a thousand years old. Hides are placed in dying pits containing natural dyes. The process has not changed since medieval times.

FES_012_141107.jpg
       
     
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FES_009_141107.jpg
       
     
FES_013_141107.jpg
       
     
 Alleyways are too narrow for cars so mules are often used to transport heavy loads.
       
     

Alleyways are too narrow for cars so mules are often used to transport heavy loads.

 Barber on on Rue Talaa Kabira.
       
     

Barber on on Rue Talaa Kabira.

FES_016_141108.jpg
       
     
 Shoe vendor on Rue Talaa Kabira.
       
     

Shoe vendor on Rue Talaa Kabira.

 I was sketching outside of this restaurant and a little boy watched as I drew. He invited me to have lunch at his father's kitchen. I had lentil soup and bread. It was great spending time with these folks.
       
     

I was sketching outside of this restaurant and a little boy watched as I drew. He invited me to have lunch at his father's kitchen. I had lentil soup and bread. It was great spending time with these folks.

 A shoe shiner's hands.
       
     

A shoe shiner's hands.

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FES_028_141108.jpg
       
     
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 This guy had polka dot boxers on.
       
     

This guy had polka dot boxers on.

 This beautiful gate, Bab Bou Jeloud, serves as one of the entry points to the medina. On my last day I sat at this corner and watched the rhythms of street life.
       
     

This beautiful gate, Bab Bou Jeloud, serves as one of the entry points to the medina. On my last day I sat at this corner and watched the rhythms of street life.