Meknes, Volubilis, and Belly Dancing


Meknes

Meknes

Yesterday was another full day in Morocco exploring the imperial city of Meknes, the ancient Roman ruins of Volubulis, the quaint hillside town of Moulay Idriss, and topping everything off with a little belly dancing (both as a spectator and a performer!).

Meknes is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco and is probably the most modest existing in the shadows of Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech. Even though it is smaller, the entire Meknes medina was added as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Being an important agricultural center I really enjoyed all the fresh food that was displayed in the markets. The colors and presentations made they seem like works of art.

After Meknes we continued on to Volubilis which is an ancient Roman city built around 300 A.D. Here we were met by our guide, Hamid. I have seen many Roman ruins, from Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England to Ephesus in Turkey, and they never cease to amaze me with their logical organization and their ability to stand the test of time. Volubilis did not disappoint.

We wrapped up the evening with a Moroccan dinner replete with live entertainment, and I’m still trying to decide who was most entertaining: the audience or the performers. Both Amanda and I had to opportunity to show off our belly dancing skills on stage and it was at the end of this evening that we made our first pact. None of that video footage will EVER been seen again.

So many olives.  So little time.

So many olives. So little time.

I’ll be offline for a couple of days because today we embark on a special activity that involves camels, sand, Berbers, and tents. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meknes Rotary Club maybe?

The Meknes Rotary Club maybe?

Tagines for everyone!

Tagines for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roman ruins of Volubilis.

Roman ruins of Volubilis.

 

The storks Volubilis.  This mother is feeding her baby chick.

The storks Volubilis. This mother is feeding her baby chick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch in Idriss Moulay.

Lunch in Idriss Moulay.

 

 

Belly dancers par excellence on break.

Belly dancers par excellence on break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our backup band.

Our backup band.

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