Volubilis & Meknès
The next morning we were headed east toward
Meknès on our way to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis.
On the way we stopped at a
interesting rock formations signaled someone was selling
truffles that were dug up in the local forest. Along the
way was lush
farmland, sheep, forests and green pastures.
The group chipped in to buy a bag of truffles.
We drove by the Meknès Medina Gate and visited
the Royal Horse
Stables (Stud Farm). There were many different horse breeds.
Lunch was in
population of 200,000. After lunch we walked around the old
granaries and stables, and the Agdal Basin. The area
was the home to Moulay Ismail who had 360 wives, about 800
children and 72 castles or kasbahs. Pretty busy guy!
He had a long rule of 55 years. Read more about the
On the way (33 km) to Volubilis we passed the hill top
city of Moulay Idriss (named after the
of the first Arab dynasty). It actually overlooks Volubilis.
I got a quick photo from the moving bus and a photo from the
ruins. There was a very fast 1 hour tour of the
The local guide was definitely in a rush. There are some
fantastic mosaics exposed to the elements, but in excellent
Arrival in Fès was in
evening (93 km)